Until 2010 acclaimed historian and journalist Chris Bellamy was Professor of Military Science and Doctrine and Director of the Security Studies Institute, Cranfield University, based at the Defence Academy of the UK at Shrivenham. He now holds the position of Director of the Greenwich Maritime Institute, University of Greenwich. His latest book, Absolute War: Soviet Russia in the Second World War won the Westminster Medal for Military Literature. Previously he has been Defence Correspondent at the Independent. He was shortlisted for Foreign Reporter of the Year in the British Press Awards and the Foreign Press Association Awards for 1996 for reporting from Chechnya.