Emerging & Disruptive Technologies Essay Contest: What Are the Game Changers?

About the Emerging & Disruptive Technologies Essay Contest

Proliferation of new technology has allowed United States' competitors to field capabilities that erode our military's technological advantage.  The high cost of some U.S. systems threatens our ability to maintain a quantitative advantage.  Like the first two "Offset" strategies, the Third Offset will leverage emerging technology, but its driven by economic necessity.  It focuses heavily on autonomy, man-machine teaming, and machine learning, but it doesn't stop there.  The Department of Defense is looking across the technology spectrum for innovative ways to harness new technologies and combine them with tactics, techniques, and strategies to maintain a pacing edge over our adversaries.

The Challenge:

  • Predict the emerging and disruptive technologies that will be game changers
  • Decribe how those technologies will be used by the US military--or against it
  • Discuss practical appraches for fielding and wielding emerging and disruptive technologies raipidly, and getting them into the hands of warfighters


First Prize: $5,000

Second Prize: $2,500

Third Prize: $1,500

Prior Publication: We will assume that your essay has not been previously published (online or in print) or being considered for publication elsewhere, unless otherwise notified by you.  All previously published essays are ineligible.

Eligibility: The contest is open to all persons eligible for membership (including those already members) in the Institute.

Deadline: 28 February 2017

Word Length: 3,000 words maximum (excludes footnotes/endnotes/sources).

Submission Guidelines:

Selection Process: The Proceedings staff members will evaluate every essay and screen the top essays to a special Essay Selection Committee of at least six members who will include two members of the Naval Institute's Editorial Board and four subject experts.  All essays will be judged in the blind -- i.e., the Proceedings staff members and judges will not know the authors of the essays.

Announcement of the Winners: The winners will be announced in the April 2017 Proceedings. The winning essay will be published in the April issue.  All prize winners receive one-year memberships in the U.S. Naval Institute.

Award Ceremony: The winners will be recognized at Navy League's Sea-Air-Space in April in Washington, D.C.

About Naval Institute Essay Contests

Essay contests have been central to the work of the Naval Institute for more than 130 years. They directly fulfill the Institute's educational mission by encouraging writing on issues of concern to the Sea Services. They provide thought-provoking articles that spur ongoing discussion of these same issues, not only in Naval Institute media, print and digital, but also in other leading defense and national security forums.


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