“Next year, the U.S. Air Force will procure more UNMANNED aircraft than MANNED aircraft.”

—LTGEN Norman Seip, Commander of The Twelfth Air Force


Open to all members of the U.S. Naval Institute.


New and enhanced applications for robotics in military operations.

$10,000 First Prize & Life Membership

$5,000 Second Prize & Life Membership

$2,500 (2) Third Prize & One Year Membership

Winners Announced in September 2009 Proceedings

Selected Submissions

First Prize
Lieutenant Benjamin Drew, U.S. Navy
Second Prize
Robotic Aerial Vehicles (RAVs) will Complete the UAV (R)evolution
Craig Robinson
Third Prize
Undersea Robotics: New Technology for New Targets
Steven J. Forsberg
Third Prize
Controlling Autonomous Systems: Facing the Challenge of an Unmanned Revolution in Warfare
Paul Scharre
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