On 12th December Dr Rob Johnson, Senior Research Fellow at Pembroke and Director of the Changing Character of War Programme, received first prize in the Trench Gascoigne Prize from the Royal United Services Institute. Dr Johnson was presented with the prize by the Chief of the Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach. This annual essay prize has existed since 1874, and recognises original writing on contemporary issues of national and international defence and security.
Dr Johnson’s essay, titled ‘Making Strategy: The Changing Character of War in the Twenty First Century’, is concerned with the current situation for the United Kingdom’s defence. He examined the changing elements of warfare today and how certain ways of thinking can create a situation that leads to a significant strategic shock, just as 9/11 did in 2001. The essay was judged to be a critical appraisal of the problem.