ESSAY CONTESTS BACKGROUND & RULES

The Institute's essay program aligns perfectly with our mission:

"To provide an independent forum for those who dare to read, think, speak, and write in order to advance the professional, literary, and scientific understanding of sea power and other issues critical to national defense."

The subjects examined by the vast Naval community of those who think deeply and consider the successes, failures and future of maritime and national security policy cover a broad range of fascinating, critical topics, some of which are listed below. Individual essay contests are generally made possible with support from commercial defense contractors, whose interest in encouraging new ideas surrounding specific topics lines up with the Institute's mission to host such discussions. The centerpiece of the Institute's essay program is the General Prize.

The General Prize Essay contest is perhaps the oldest continuously conducted writing contest in the entire United States. The Institute began work on the Contest in 1878 under the leadership of the most recognized and celebrated Naval Strategist in United States history, Alfred Thayer Mahan, then the Chairman of the Naval Institute.

Lieutenant Commander Allan D. Brown first proposed the idea for an essay contest sponsored by the U.S. Naval Institute for "a paper which shall be deemed the best" on 9 May 1878 at the organization's meeting in Annapolis. The first contest was in 1879. The name of the contest was changed in 1985 to the Arleigh Burke Essay Contest in honor of the World War II hero, former Chief of Naval Operations, and President of the Naval Institute. The name reverted to the General Prize in 2008. Today, the prizes honor the first, second, and third best articles published in Proceedings over the previous year, from October through September of the succeeding year.

Essay Contest may be found here.

Watch the pages of Proceedings and the usni.org home page for announcements concerning upcoming essay contests.

Essay Contests - 1990 to 1999

1999 General Prize (Arleigh Burke Essay) Contest Winners
Prize WinnerCommander Alan D. Zimm, USN (Ret.)Human Centric Warfare
First Honorable MentionCommander David W. Glazier, USNWarfighting...and More
Second Honorable MentionRear Admiral William J. Holland, Jr., USN (Ret.)Where Will All the Admirals Go?
1998 General Prize (Arleigh Burke Essay) Contest Winners
Prize WinnerCommander Terry C. Pierce, USNTeaching Elephants to Swim
First Honorable MentionCaptain John Byron, USNThe Sailor and the State
Second Honorable MentionLieutenant (jg) Michele A. Poole, USNBuilding Surface Warriors
1997 General Prize (Arleigh Burke Essay) Contest Winners
Prize WinnerLieutenant David Allan Adams, USNWe Are Not Invincible
First Honorable MentionCommander P. Kevin Peppe, USNSSNs: Supporting the Battle Group?
Second Honorable MentionStan ZimmermanWinning the Battle of the Lasting Impression
1996 General Prize (Arleigh Burke Essay) Contest Winners
Prize WinnerCaptain Bruce Linder, USNASW as Practiced in Birnam Wood
First Honorable MentionLieutenant Commander (SEL) Carol A. Hottenrott, USNThe Seas Commanded: Implementing the Striking Effectiveness of Sea Power
Second Honorable MentionLieutenant Commander Scott A. Hastings, USNOur Differing View of War
1995 General Prize (Arleigh Burke Essay) Contest Winners
Prize WinnerRear Admiral James A. Winnefeld, USN (Ret.)Why Sailors Are Different
Second Honorable MentionLieutenant Dennis J. Palzkill, USNWant Gender Equity? Emphasize Leadership and Mission
1994 General Prize (Arleigh Burke Essay) Contest Winners
Prize WinnerLieutenant Commander Scott A. Hastings, USNIs There a Doctrine in the House?
1993 General Prize (Arleigh Burke Essay) Contest Winners
Prize WinnerLieutenant Commander Thomas M. Gallagher, JAGC, USNCrisis of Confidence
First Honorable MentionRear Admiral William J. Holland, Jr., USN (Ret.)The Limits of Jointness
Second Honorable MentionLieutenant Sherman Baldwin, USNThe Ultimate Meritocracy
1992 General Prize (Arleigh Burke Essay) Contest Winners
Prize WinnerJohn H. MitchellSubtle Yet Significant: The Arts and Military Leadership
First Co-Honorable MentionCaptain Roger W. Barnett, USN (Ret.)Regional Conflict: A Commanding Role for the U.S. Navy
First Co-Honorable MentionCaptain George V. Galdorisi, USNA Maritime Strategy for the Twenty-First Century
Second Co-Honorable MentionRear Admiral William J. Holland, Jr., USN (Ret.)ASW Is Still Job One!
Second Co-Honorable MentionLieutenant Ernest Fortin, USNRUnited States Navy Mine Countermeasures: The Painful Reality of Lessons Unlearned
1991 General Prize (Arleigh Burke Essay) Contest Winners
Prize WinnerDr. James L. GeorgeMaritime or National Missions
First Co-Honorable MentionCaptain Jon T. Hoffman, USMCNaval Arms Control: A War-Winning Strategy
Second Co-Honorable MentionCommander James J. Tritten, USN (Ret.)What If Peace? The Reconstitution Strategy
Second Co-Honorable MentionLieutenant Commander Terry C. Pierce, USNAmphibious Command Relations in Maneuver Warfare
1990 General Prize (Arleigh Burke Essay) Contest Winners
Prize WinnerLieutenant Niel L. Golightly, USNPlanning the Post-Cold War Navy
First Honorable MentionEnsign Charles M. Duquette, SC, USNRThe SLCM: Indispensable Deterrent or Arms Control Nightmare
Second Honorable MentionLieutenant Charles A. Abel, USCGC3I = CIC2: Communications and Intelligent Command and Control

 
 

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