Using research from GlobalData’s Influencer platform, Naval Technology has named ten of the most influential people in naval tech on Twitter during Q2 2020.

Biggest influencers in naval tech: The top ten in Q2 2020

1. U.S. Navy (@USNavy)

U.S. Navy is the official Twitter account of the US Navy. It covers the core values, attributes, mission, and the heritage of the US Navy across topics and areas. It also incorporates the US Navy’s mission including the training, recruiting and organising of its naval forces for combat and forward presence during conflicts and wars.

Twitter followers: 1,443,501

GlobalData influencer score: 70

2. Andrew Erickson (@AndrewSErickson)

Andrew Erickson is an academician and currently serves as a professor of strategy at the U.S. Naval War College (NWC)’s China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI). He was one of the core founding members of the institute, which was established in 2006.

Erickson is also a visiting scholar for John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at the Harvard University and has conducted courses at the Yonsei University. He hosts lectures on the government, academic, and private sector institutions in Asia and the US.

Twitter followers: 28,390

GlobalData influencer score: 67

3. U.S. Marines (@USMC)

U.S. Marines is the official account of the United States Marine Corps. The account highlights features, news, images, and publications on the US marines. It also includes information and resources for becoming a member of the US Marine services.

Twitter followers: 1,435,534

GlobalData influencer score: 65

4. U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (@INDOPACOM)

The U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM) is a defence association developed to protect the US and its interests in the Indo-Pacific region. Established in 1947, it is one of US’s oldest and largest commands. The association focuses on building regional partnerships to preserve peace and tackle conflicts in the region, when necessary.

Twitter followers: 269,690

GlobalData influencer score: 62

5. Alexander Clarke (@AC_NavalHistory)

Alexander Clarke is a historian who writes about the Royal Navy, the UK’s naval warfare forces. A graduate from the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, Alexander focuses on areas such as ship design, conventional deterrence, antisubmarine warfare, and more.

Twitter followers: 5,609

GlobalData influencer score: 60

6. U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet (@USNavyEurope)

The U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet is the official command account of the U.S. Naval Europe, U.S. Navy Africa, and the U.S. 6th Fleet. The area of responsibility for the command covers three continents stretching across 14 million square miles including Russia, Europe, and Africa. The command covers 105 countries and a total population of approximately one billion.

Twitter followers: 92,161

GlobalData influencer score: 56

7. U.S. Naval Institute (@NavalInstitute)

The U.S. Naval Institute is an independent forum of the sea services. It allows professionals to share information and enhance their idea of sea power and critical issues that affect global security. As many as 50,000 thinkers and practitioners from across the globe contribute towards this non-partisan forum, and discuss relevant issues affecting maritime security.

Twitter followers: 66,409

GlobalData influencer score: 55

8. U.S. Southern Command (@Southcom)

The U.S. Southern Command is the official account of SOUTHCOM, which oversees military operations across Latin America south of Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean Sea. Based out of Florida, it is one of the eleven unified combatant commands in the United States Department of Defense.

The command is not only responsible for planning contingencies and security cooperation, but also for organising military resources in these areas.

Twitter followers: 229,742

GlobalData influencer score: 52

9. U.S. 5th Fleet (@US5thFleet)

The U.S. 5th Fleet is the official account of the US Naval Forces Central Command, which is a combination of both the 5th Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces (CMF). It provides news and information related to fleet operations that focus primarily on securing and stabilising the region’s maritime environment.

The command comprises of marines, US and multinational sailors, coast guards and civilians. It ensures smooth maritime security, prosperity, and readiness across the Mediterranean to the Pacific.

Twitter followers: 66,760

GlobalData influencer score: 50

10. Eric Moreno (@KingNeptune767)

Eric Moreno is a naval expert and a US submarine veteran. He founded and also co-hosts the Tac Ops podcast, which focuses on information and military issues from across the world. Eric co-hosts the podcast with Greg, the founder of Covert Cabal, a YouTube channel, and invites guests having military knowledge.

Twitter followers: 7,677

GlobalData influencer score: 49