Coronavirus: Army Experts To Help NATO Combat Disinformation

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has reaffirmed support for NATO’s efforts in the international response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The British Army will deploy two experts to help NATO combat disinformation amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government has said.

Their role will be, to help to ensure the Alliance’s almost-one billion citizens have access to crucial information to protect themselves, and to defend against malicious disinformation spouted by potential adversaries.

The UK has reaffirmed support for NATO’s role in the international fight against the coronavirus.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace spoke to ministers from other Allied nations over video conference.

Mr Wallace committed to looking at all requests for assistance from Allies.

He said: "NATO can play a key role in the international fight against COVID-19, and Allied solidarity is more important than ever to ensure both the security and the health of our almost one-billion citizens."

PPE equipment from Turkey arrives at RAF Brize Norton (Picture: MOD).
PPE equipment from Turkey arrives at RAF Brize Norton (Picture: MOD).

The Government has said the UK will continue working with NATO allies, partner countries to coordinate public health measures, strengthen the most vulnerable medical systems, help restore business confidence and protect jobs.

Last week, the UK received 250,000 items of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from Turkey, delivered to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire and helped by NATO’s Rapid Air Mobility process, and 60 ventilators from Germany.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the Alliance looks to identify where there is spare capacity, “surplus stocks of medical equipment” and “surplus lift capacity”, and “match that with the requests from different NATO Allies”.