GlobalData research has found the top military and security network influencers based on their performance and engagement online.
Using research from GlobalData’s Influencer platform, Army Technology has named ten of the most influential people in military and security network on Twitter over the last 90 days.

Top ten influencers in military and security in Q3

1. Isaac Alexander (@jetcitystar)

Isaac Alexander is the editor-in-chief of Jet City Star blog, which provides news and insights on aerospace and defence sector.

Isaac served the US Navy as an Aviation Machinists Mate for six years. He is also one of the founders of Maelstorm International Fantastic Film Festival (MIFFF).

Twitter followers: 15,046

GlobalData influencer score: 100

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2. War on the Rocks (@WarOnTheRocks)

War on the Rocks is a digital platform for discussions and debates on foreign policies and national security. Its primary objective is to bridge the gap between the bifurcating policies and operations of the US.

The group focuses on news, events, and practices of war and is managed by veterans, who have served in war, and other professionals, who have either studied or worked in a similar backdrop.

Twitter followers: 73,585

GlobalData influencer score: 90

3. UK Defence Journal (@UKDefJournal)

UK Defence Journal covers global news and events in army, navy, air force, and cybersecurity. The website provides a platform to industry specialists, professionals, and enthusiasts to exchange information and views on defence matters related to the UK and rest of the world.

It is served by a group of volunteers including defence and military professionals, industry specialists, military personnel, and international relations graduates.

Twitter followers: 43,236

GlobalData influencer score: 87

4. Real Clear Defense (@RCDefense)

Real Clear Defense is a website offering comprehensive coverage of defence policy, military commentary, national security, foreign affairs, and other strategies.

Formed on a request made by the Pentagon and Hill staff on the House Armed Services Committee, the digital platform provides up-to-date information including news and events in the defence sector. Real Clear Defense is one of the 15 domains of Real Clear Media Group, a comprehensive digital media company based in the US.

Twitter followers: 45,456

GlobalData influencer score: 83


The Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a non-profit policy research establishment. It is a bipartisan organisation with major emphasis on defence, security, economic development, and other global challenges.

CSIS offers strategic solutions to address foreign policy and national security issues, while putting forward the voices of masses. Established in 1962, CSIS is one of the world’s leading international policy institutions.

Twitter followers: 293,525

GlobalData influencer score: 81

6. NavyLookout (@NavyLookout)

NavyLookout is an independent online campaign started to promotes the UK Royal Navy. The campaign opposes the decline of the navy and works with the motto of ‘Save the Royal Navy’.

Founded in 2007, the website is managed and controlled by a group of enthusiastic civilians and ex-armed personnel. The campaign does not align itself with any political or social body and holds no connections with the Ministry of Defence.

Twitter followers: 36,653

GlobalData influencer score: 80

7. Defense One (@DefenseOne)

Defense One

Twitter followers: 80,711

GlobalData influencer score: 73

8. HM Armed Forces Review (@ForcesReviewUK)

HM Armed Forces Review website The website is, however, not aligned to the British government and its armed forces or the defence ministry of the country.

The independent group believes that nuclear deterrence can’t secure the country without relying on military and foreign development aid or official development assistance (ODA).

Twitter followers: 3,043

GlobalData influencer score: 70

9. Ulrike E Franke (@RikeFranke)

Dr. Ulrike Esther Franke is a policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). She is also a member of the ECFR’s New European Security Initiative.

The primary focus areas of Ulrike Esther are the security and defence of Germany and Europe. Her expertise also lies in the sectors of warfare and its future and the impact of modern technologies including drones and artificial intelligence.

Franke also served as the managing editor of St. Antony’s International Review (STAIR), which is Oxford University’s academic journal of international affairs. Her work has gained recognition on various platforms such as RUSI Whitehall Papers, War on the Rocks, FAZ, and Die Zeit.

Twitter followers: 15,841

GlobalData influencer score: 66

10. Unmanned Systems Technology (@UnmannedSystem)

Unmanned Systems Technology is a platform for technical information on unmanned systems. The website presents technology, products, and services associated with land, sea and air-based unmanned vehicles. The digital platform allows companies to display and advertise their devices and capabilities to professionals and users.

It also helps companies to reach out their potential customers and gain targeted exposure.

Twitter followers: 26,165

GlobalData influencer score: 64