Army Technology lists ten of the most popular tweets on land warfare in November 2020 based on data from GlobalData’s Influencer Platform. The top tweets were chosen from influencers as tracked by GlobalData’s Influencer Platform, which is based on a scientific process that works on pre-defined parameters. Influencers are selected after a deep analysis of the influencer’s relevance, network strength, engagement, and leading discussions on new and emerging trends.
Top tweets on land warfare in November 2020
1. Lucy Fisher’s tweet on UK’s military spending plan
Lucy Fisher, deputy political editor at The Telegraph, an online news website, tweeted on UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement on the biggest defence investment since the cold war. The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) is expected to get an additional £16.5bn ($21.9bn) over four years to transform the armed forces and support global influence.
Boris detailed that the funding will be used to create a new space command that will launch its first rocket by 2022 and a new artificial intelligence agency to develop autonomous weapons system. The funding will also be used to create a national cyber force to protect Britons from cyberattacks.
NEW: Boris Johnson pledges to end Britain’s “era of retreat” with largest investment in military since Cold War and plans for a new Space Command & artificial intelligence agency.
MoD to get extra £16.5bn over four years in deal more generous than defence analysts expected. https://t.co/Q3A5ADXMhG
— Lucy Fisher (@LOS_Fisher) November 18, 2020
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Username: Lucy Fisher Twitter handle: @LOS_Fisher
2. Armed with Science’s tweet on semi-autonomous robot dogs
Armed with Science, official account of the US Department of Defense, shared a video on Tyndall Air Force Base introducing ultra-durable, autonomous and weather-proof robotic dogs. The video detailed that the robots will be used at strategic locations for surveillance and patrolling missions.
Sit! Stay! Surveil? @TeamTyndall will be one of the first to implement semi-autonomous robot dogs into their patrolling regiment. Watch these computerized canines work! #KnowYourMil pic.twitter.com/xdIi3D9xUH
— Armed with Science (@ArmedwScience) November 18, 2020
Username: Armed with Science Twitter handle: @ArmedwScience
3. Stars and Stripes’ tweet on withdrawal of US troops from Germany
Stars and Stripes, an online platform for military news, shared an article on US President-elect Joe Biden’s plans to stop Donald Trump administration’s plans to withdraw US forces from Germany. The move is expected to be put into action by January 2021 and is being considered as one of the most significant and quickest national security policy reversals.
The article detailed that Biden is expected to revive relations with NATO allies and evaluate how NATO determines military investment. Biden is also expected to place more importance on military capabilities.
“I think that’ll be one of the most significant and quickest national security policy reversals come January 20, 2021,” said John R. Deni, a professor at the U.S. Army War College.https://t.co/af37d3CX9a
— Stars and Stripes (@starsandstripes) November 10, 2020
Username: Stars and Stripes Twitter handle: @starsandstripes
4. Shephard News’ tweet on Centauro 2 armoured vehicle
Shephard News, an online news platform focused on aerospace and defence, shared an article on new armoured vehicle, Centauro 2, produced by Iveco – Oto Melara Consortium (CIO) owned by Leonardo, an aerospace and defence company, and Iveco, an industrial vehicle manufacturing company.
Centauro is the first 120mm tank on wheels evolved from B1 Centauro tank destroyer. It is equipped with Leonardo’s state-of-the-art systems along with a fully digital architecture. The article detailed that the vehicle can be used for defence and security missions, apart from operations following natural disasters or of any scenario requiring armed forces intervention.
— Shephard News (@ShephardNews) November 9, 2020
Username: Shephard News Twitter handle: @ShephardNews
5. Military Times’ tweet on Army infantry drone experiment
Military Times, a website covering military news and information, shared an article on the XVIII Airborne Corps army unit being the first to experiment with autonomous drone resupply from 2021.
The article noted that the unit evaluated three types of unmanned systems for performing tasks such as hauling gear, food and other inventories. A small helicopter type drone that can carry up to 70 pounds and requires a manual load was one of the unmanned systems evaluated by the unit.
A hybrid helicopter with fixed wing device that can carry either 80 or 120 pounds and perform remote drops was the second system evaluated, while the third system can carry 110 pounds and can also perform remote drops.
— Military Times (@MilitaryTimes) November 9, 2020
Username: Military Times Twitter handle: @MilitaryTimes
6. US AFRICOM’s tweet on African Lion 21 military training exercise
US AFRICOM, the official account of the US Africa Command, one of the unified combatant commands of the US Department of Defence, shared an article on the meeting between the Maj. Gen. Andrew Rohling of the US and Gen. Belkhir El Farouk of Morocco to conduct African Lion (AL) 21, the continent’s largest military training exercise amid the pandemic.
The generals agreed to conduct the exercise in June next year. Rohling noted that the exercise will be an opportunity for the US service members to train with Moroccan military professionals.
— US AFRICOM (@USAfricaCommand) November 16, 2020
Username: US AFRICOM Twitter handle: @USAfricaCommand
7. Nicholas Drummond’s tweet on China’s microwave weapons
Nicholas Drummond, managing director at AURA Consulting, a strategic consulting firm, shared an article on how China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) used an innovative and non-lethal approach of deploying microwave weapons to force Indian army troops to retreat from a months-long border standoff in the Himalayas.
Jin Canrong, a professor of international relations at Beijing-based Renmin University, detailed that the PLA used the strategy without violating a no-live-shot rule on the high altitudes. The PLA targeted the microwave weapons on two strategic hilltops, which caused vomiting, pain
and irritation among the Indian soldiers who fled, following which the Chinese army seized the lost ground.
China has developed a directed-energy microwave weapon that rendered Indian troops in the Himalayas unable to fight, forcing them to retreat. An innovative and non-lethal approach to seizing lost ground, I wonder what kind of escalation this will lead to?https://t.co/fVvVqywi11
— Nicholas Drummond (@nicholadrummond) November 17, 2020
Username: Nicholas Drummond Twitter handle: @nicholadrummond
8. Nick Waters’ tweet on Australian war crimes
Nick Waters, group chief executive officer at Ebiquity, a marketing and media consultancy firm, shared an article on a report from the Australian Defence Force (ADF) on Elite troops of Australia killing Afghan civilians during the Afghan war.
The ADF report confirms Australian war crimes, where junior soldiers were ordered to shoot Afghan prisoners, farmers or civilians between 2009 and 2013 and the crimes were covered by placing weapons near the bodies.
The findings detailed that the war crimes were deliberate and repeated leading to the unlawful killing of 39 people. The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) accepted the report and noted that the incident must be solved and compensated adequately without further delays.
This ADF report on war crimes by its special forces confirms reporting from @abcnews.
Soldiers were told to get their first kill by shooting prisoners, known as "blooding"
Weapons and other items were planted near Afghan bodies to cover up crimes.https://t.co/VPKb5Mtpgb
— Nick Waters (@N_Waters89) November 19, 2020
Username: Nick Waters Twitter handle: @N_Waters89
9. Tyler Rogoway’s tweet on French army testing small drones
Tyler Rogoway, editor at The War Zone, a website providing information on defence, shared an article on French army’s Sauron project to develop unmanned aerial vehicle. The French Defense Innovation Agency has released a request for proposal (RFP) for payloads that can detect, intercept, and possibly jam communications, and can be carried by drones weighing less than 55 pounds.
The RFP detailed that either fixed-wing or rotary-wing types will be considered with weight less than 11 pounds and energy requirement of less than 50W. The proposals are to be submitted by January 2021.
French Army to test small drones that can detect, intercept, and possibly jam communications:https://t.co/xtDCJCtvtp
— Tyler Rogoway (@Aviation_Intel) November 13, 2020
Username: Tyler Rogoway Twitter handle: @Aviation_Intel
10. Oriana Pawlyk’s tweet on China’s growing presence in the Caribbean
Oriana Pawlyk, an air war reporter, shared an article on China increasing its presence in the Caribbean region through security cooperation. The country has provided loans and expertise to build highways in Jamaica apart from donating security equipment for the military and police forces. It has also provided the region with Covid-19 test kits, masks and ventilators, the article noted.
China’s moves are part of its strategy to expand its footprint and influence in the region through loans, investments and security efforts. Although the Caribbean region is small and lacks mineral reserves, it offers a strategic advantage in terms serving as a hub for logistics and commerce. It also has great value in terms of security due to its proximity to the US in the event of a military conflict, the article highlighted.
“China has widened its influence in the Caribbean through security cooperation, including the donation of equipment to military and police forces, and cultural outreach programs, like the expansion of its network of Confucius Institutes” a cultural program https://t.co/NN3GtI06Es
— Oriana Pawlyk (@Oriana0214) November 9, 2020
Username: Oriana Pawlyk
Twitter handle: @Oriana0214