In a time of shifting strategies, agile adversaries and rapid advances in technologies, how can the U.S. and its allies maintain strategic and operational advantages and advance military superiority, balancing the promise of new technologies with the constraints of current budget limitations?

Points to Consider

What are the different types of game changers? What makes technologies game changers? What kinds of ideas or people can be game changers? How should we develop leaders and managers to foster Innovation? What are new sources for advanced technologies and game changers?

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Third Prize



All prizes include one-year membership in the U.S. Naval Institute

Word Length



30 September 2015

Winning Essay

Published in December Proceedings

Selected Submissions

Fist Prize
Captain Terry Pierce, U.S. Navy (Retired)
Second Prize
Lieutenant Colonel Frank G. Hoffman, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)
Third Prize
Lieutenant Roger Misso, U.S. Navy
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