Twitter round-up: Military and security trends in November 2019

16 December 2019 (Last Updated July 3rd, 2020 15:07)

Army Technology lists ten of the most popular tweets in military and security in November 2019, 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.

Twitter round-up: Military and security trends in November 2019

Army Technology lists ten of the most popular tweets in military and security in November 2019, 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.

Most popular tweets in military and security in November 2019: Top ten

1. Deborah Haynes’ tweet on the downing of flight MH17

Deborah Haynes, a British journalist, tweeted about recorded conversations released by a Dutch-led team called the Joint Investigation Team (JIT). The team is investigating the shooting down of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17), in Eastern Ukraine. The JIT is scrutinising the command lines and the role of the Russian government in the shooting, which is expected to have been executed using a Buk TELAR missile system.

The recorded conversation elaborates on securing all communication lines between the Ukrainian rebels and Russian officials, on matters related to the government, military, and finances.

Username: Deborah Haynes

Twitter handle: @haynesdeborah

Retweets: 2,075

Likes: 1,866

2. Naval officer James Stavridis’ tweet on Trump’s interference on military justice

A retired naval officer, James Stavridis, tweeted on Trump’s interference on military justice, signifying conflicting interests among civilians and the military. The statement was with regard to the Gallagher case, in which a retired navy SEAL officer had been convicted of war crimes and demoted to a petty first class officer from a chief petty officer.

Trump intervened in the judgement and not only reversed the demotion but also ordered that Gallagher’s Trident pin be secured with him, allowing him to retire as a navy SEAL officer. James Stavridis believed that the SEAL should have taken decisions on the pin and his acquittal rather than the President himself.

Username: stavridisj

Twitter handle: @stavridisj

Retweets: 623

Likes: 2,335

3. Tweet on Babcock’s Type 31e frigate contract win

A British and international defence news website tweeted about Babcock, an engineering services company, winning a contract from the UK government to build five Type 31e frigates. Each of the warships is expected to cost approximately $328m. The five ships are to be assembled at Babcock’s facility located at Rosyth, Scotland.

Babcock won the contract over a consortium led by BAE Systems and another consortium led by Atlas Elektronik UK.

Username: UK Defence Journal

Twitter handle: @UKDefJournal

Retweets: 521

Likes: 1,353

4. A tweet on anti-terror robotic vehicles requirement in Kashmir

Livefist, a website covering Indian defence and military news, tweeted on the Indian army’s requirement for approximately 500 anti-terror robotic vehicles in Kashmir. These armed remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) can trace, engage as well as fight with terrorists.

The vehicles are expected to be part of the Indian army’s robotic surveillance programme. The procurement has been sought under the Indian Defence Procurement Procedure’s Make category that prioritises indigenous design and development.

Username: Livefist

Twitter handle: @livefist

Retweets: 311

Likes: 995

5. NATO’s tweet on moving troops safely across public highways

NATO International tweeted on the caution its troops take to move quickly through public highways during NATO exercises. NATO shared a video detailing how the Polish military police escort the NATO forces, vehicles, troops, and military convoys across public roads and highways in the event of any military exercise.

For instance, during the Noble Jump exercise that took place in Poland, the police were able to transport approximately 2,500 troops and 1,000 vehicles across four countries in a span of three days.

Username: NATO

Twitter handle: @NATO

Retweets:  399

Likes: 1,080

6. Jens Stoltenberg’s tweet on NATO recognising space as an operational domain

The 13th secretary general of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, tweeted on the occasion of space being recognised as an operational domain by the NATO. The announcement was made in Brussels, with the alliance recognising the significance of space along with air, sea, land, and cyber space.

With approximately 2,000 satellites orbiting the Earth, Jens called for all member countries to contribute their capabilities and services in satellite communications. NATO members have agreed that space is crucial for its defence, given it can pilot and track forces as well as detect missile launches. NATO confirmed it has no plans to deploy weapons in space.

Username: Jens Stoltenberg

Twitter handle: @jensstoltenberg

Retweets: 230

Likes: 468

7. Sir Humphrey’s tweet on capabilities of Navies to deploy a task group

Author of a defence blog, Sir Humphrey shared a video detailing how Britain’s biggest warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, and HMS Northumberland frigate re-fuel with RFATideforce, a Tide-class replenishment tanker, while an F35 lands on HMS Queen Elizabeth.

The operation was part of the Westlant 19 deployment aimed at testing the capabilities of the F35 and HMS Queen Elizabeth.

Username: Sir Humphrey

Twitter handle: @pinstripedline

Retweets: 174

Likes: 956

8. The Aviationist’s tweet on drone jamming systems

The Aviationist, a blog that covers news related to military aviation, technology, and defence, shared an article detailing how two drones were lost in Libya including an US unarmed remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) and an unarmed MQ-9A Predator-B drone of the Italian air force. While the former was conducting a routine operation to ensure security and monitor extremist activity in the region, the latter was ensuring maritime security.

Both the drones were considered to have been lost as a result of being jammed rather than in a fire or combat, which has raised questions on drone jamming systems being deployed in the region, causing inability to control unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Username: The Aviationist

Twitter handle: @TheAviationist

Retweets: 110

Likes: 175

9. Nicholas Drummond’s tweet on Britain’s shortage of artillery

An ex-British army officer, Nicholas Drummond shared an article about a new report issued by the Royal United Services Institute (Rusi), an independent think tank on defence and security, that details how Britain could lose a war against Russia, given its critical shortage of artillery and infantry. According to the report, British numbers were crippling when compared to Russia in terms of artillery pieces, battle tanks, soldiers, military personnel, and percentage contribution of defence to the total GDP of the country.

Though a war between the two nations is an unlikely scenario, the UK forces lack ground firepower and war-fighting capabilities in Eastern Europe and are a soft target for their neighbour, Russia, according to the report.

Username: Nicholas Drummond

Twitter handle: @nicholadrummond

Retweets: 49

Likes: 103

10. Mike Yeo’s tweet on the withdrawal of KC-135Rs from service

An Asia-based reporter, Mike Yeo shared an article detailing the withdrawal of KC-135Rs from service by Singapore’s Ministry of Defence. The long-range jet tankers have served the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) for two decades and deployed in a number of exercises and missions, including airlifts, aeromedical evacuation, and disaster relief.

Flown for the last time in June this year, KC-135Rs have helped to build Iraq, evacuate victims from the Christchurch earthquake, and have also assisted in various refuelling missions.

Username: Mike Yeo

Twitter handle: @TheBaseLeg

Retweets: 53

Likes: 103