The Royal Signals Institution (RSI) sponsors the annual Deane-Drummond Prize Essay competition; a competition which is open to entry by serving regular and reserve Royal Signals officers and soldiers. The WR is privileged to publish this year's winning essay: ‘In an age of ever increasing technological complexity how should the Royal Signals define, employ and remunerate specialists?'
Sherlock Holmes once described his older Brother; “all other men are specialists, but his specialism, is omniscience 1. He was speaking of a man envisioned as the ultimate generalist-specialist, a human computer with unmatched expertise. In an age which has seen Moore's Law repeatedly come to fruition Mycroft Holmes is the business consultant's panacea. Regrettably, he remains a work of fiction. Until individuals exist which can provide a catch all solution to competition between depth of knowledge and adaptability the generalist-specialist debate continues.