The sea services face a technological revolution. State-of-the-art computers, composite materials, superconductors, and countless other innovations are changing the nature of military service and the lives of those who serve. Recognizing this, our October 1988 special issue of Proceedings and its companion essay mini-contest will focus on "The Cutting Edge of Technology." We hope this broad topic will attract energetic comment—about emerging technologies themselves, their engineering applications, and the effects of technology on strategy, tactics, and people.

  1. The three winning articles will be published in a special issue of Proceedings this October 1988. Cash prizes of $1,000, $750, and $500 will be awarded to the authors of these top three entries.

Please limit your article to 3,500 words and submit it by 1 May 1988. If you do not have 3,500 words for us, write a 1,000–2,000 word professional note, or a few-hundred-word comment.

Some entries not receiving a cash prize may be purchased at our regular rates.

Essay Mini-Contest Rules

  1. Articles must be original and no longer than 3,500 words.
  2. All entries should be directed to Editor-in-Chief, USNI Proceedings (Cutting Edge), U. S. Naval Institute, Annapolis, MD 21402
  3. Articles must be received on or before 1 May 1988 at the Naval Institute.
  4. Letters notifying the award winners will be mailed on or about 1 July 1988.
  5. All articles should be typewritten, double-spaced, and on 8½ x 11" paper.
  6. The winning articles will be published in the October Proceedings. Some entires not awarded a prize also may be selected for publication. The authors of such articles shall be compensated at the rate established for the feature for which they are bought.
  7. The Naval Institute Editorial Board will judge the competition.

Selected Submissions

Lieutenant Commander Eric Johns, U. S. Navy
Clement D. Urban

Previous Winners