Dr Johnson's primary research interests are in strategy, unconventional operations, insurgency and counter-insurgency. He conducts research on conflicts ‘amongst the people’ with particular reference to Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Middle East. He acts as a specialist advisor to the British, American, Danish, French, German and Afghan armed forces on security, stabilisation and transition. He is a former British Army officer.
- Insurgency and counter-insurgency
- Revolutionary warfare
- Strategy and strategic thinking
- Conflict in south west and central Asia
- History of war in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with particular interest in the First World War, the Indian Army and the Middle East
Dr Johnson has media experience.