Essay Contest Archives

2018 Enlisted Prize Essay Contest Sponsored by the U.S. Naval Institute
Prize Title Author
Second Prize Sea Stories Strengthen the Navy Master Chief David C. DiPietro, U.S. Navy
Third Prize Bludgeoning Bureaucracy Corporal Nicolas A. Swain, U.S. Marine Corps
2018 NPS Foundation/U.S. Naval Institute Annual Essay Contest Award
Prize Title Author
Winner Framing Marine Corps Culture Major Anthony Pollman, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
2018 Naval Mine Warfare Essay Contest Sponsored with the Mine Warfare Association
Prize Title Author
First Prize The Other Mine Warfare Will Work Admiral James A. "Sandy" Winnefeld Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired), and Captain Syed Ahmad, JAGC, U.S. Navy (Retired)
Second Prize Mine Warfare's Unmanned Systems Solution Today: The Expeditionary Mine Countermeasures Company Lieutenant Allan Lucas, U.S. Navy, and Captain Ian Cameron, U.S. Marine Corps
Third Prize To Starve a Nation -- Lessons from the Offensive Mine Campaign of World War II Lieutenant Commander Christopher Nelson, U.S. Navy
2018 Emerging & Disruptive Technologies Essay Contest Sponsored with support from Leidos
Prize Title Author
First Prize An Ace for All Seasons: As Third Offset Technologies Mature, Aspiring Naval Aviators Need to Be Ready to Lead Autonomous System into Battle Lieutenant (jg) Mark K. Jbeily, U.S. Navy
Second Prize Low Energy Nuclear Reactions: A Potential New Source of Energy to Facilitate Emergent-Disruptive Technologies Michael Ravnitzky
Third Prize Artificial Intelligence for Distributed Lethality Lieutenant Commander Jacob Wilson, U.S. Navy
2017 General Prize Essay Contest Funded by Andrew and Barbara Taylor
Prize Title Author
First Prize How We Lost the Great Pacific War Captain Dale C. Rielage, U.S. Navy
Second Prize There's Rot In Our Hulls Lieutenant (jg) Daniel Stefanus, U.S. Navy
Third Prize People Over Payloads Lieutenant Brendan E. Cordial, U.S. Navy
2017 Leadership Essay Contest: A U.S. Naval Institute Program in Partnership with Dr. J. Phillip London and CACI International
Prize Title Author
First Prize We Crafted a Charter Lieutenant Commander Matthew D. Brown, U.S. Navy
Second Prize Check Your Ego at the Hatch Lieutenant Commander Luke Kelvington, U.S. Navy
Third Prize Great Leaders Are Taught, Not Born Ensign Timothy D. Sargent, U.S. Coast Guard
2017 Marine Corps Essay Contest Sponsored By General Peter Pace, USMC (Ret.), General John Allen, USMC (Ret.), and Lieutenant General Wallace Gregson, USMC (Ret.)
Prize Title Author
First Prize The Corps Must Refine Warfighting Captain James Skeffington, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve
Second Prize From Wells to Wings Lieutenant (jg) Daniel Stefanus, U.S. Navy
Third Prize The Exercise Has No Clothes First Lieutenant Will McGee, U.S. Marine Corps
2017 Coast Guard Essay Contest Sponsored by the U.S. Naval Institute
Prize Title Author
First Prize Armed Drones: The Coast Guard's Next New Frontier? Lieutenant Commander Craig Allen Jr., U.S. Coast Guard
Second Prize Don't Micromanage Response Boats Chief Boatswain Mate Phillip N. Null, U.S. Coast Guard


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