Naval Intelligence Essay Contest

Sponsored with the Naval Intelligence Professionals

The Challenge:

The 2018 National Defense Strategy, "Sharpening the American Military's Competitive Edge," documents intent to pursue urgent change at significant scale--change required to field a Joint Force that can compete, deter and win in an increasingly complex security environment.

The complex security environment is defined by rapid technological change, challenges from adversaries in every operating domain, and the impact on current readiness from the longest continuous stretch of armed conflict in our Nation's history.

This contest invites authors to explore priority investment, initiative and innovation for Naval Intelligence to pursue in order to best contribute to achieving National Defense Strategy objectives.

Prior Publication: Your essay must be original , not been previously published (online or in print) or being considered for publication elsewhere.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Email essay as a Microsoft Word attachment by 17 August 2018 to: [email protected]
  • Include Naval Intelligence Essay Contest in the subject line of email
  • Include word count on title page of essay but do not include your name on title page or within essay
  • Provide separate attachment to include biography and complete contact information -- i.e., work, home, and cell phone numbers; and home mailing address

Selection Process: Naval Intelligence Professionals will evaluate all entries submitted in the contest and provide the top five essays to the U.S. Naval Institute's Editorial Board for judging.  All essays will be judged in the blind -- i.e., the judges will not know the authors of the essays.

Announcement of the Winners: The winning essay will be pblished in the October 2018 Proceedings. Some entrants will be awarded a one-year membership in the U.S. Naval Institute.

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.

Winner published in October 2018 Proceedings.
First Prize: $5,000 Second Prize: $2,500 Third Prize: $1,500
The winners will be recognized at the Naval Intelligence Professions' Annual Meeting in October in Washington, D.C.
Open to any contributor -- active duty military, reservists, veterans, government civilian personnel, civilians
3,000 words maximum (excludes footnotes/endnotes/sources)

Past Contests

2018 Naval Intelligence Essay Contest Sponsored with the Naval Intelligence Professionals

First Lieutenant Christian Helmer Heller, U.S. Marine Corps

2017 Naval Intelligence Essay Contest Sponsored with the Naval Intelligence Professionals

Commander Heather Bothwell, U.S. Navy Reserve

2016 Naval Intelligence Essay Contest sponsored by the Naval Intelligence Professionals

Lieutenant Andreas Xenachis, U.S. Navy Reserve


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