The Challenge:

To encourage an ongoing discussion concerning the strategic impact of mining, mine countermeasures operations, unmanned vehicle utilization in mine warfare, new technologies that could improve mining or mine countermeasures, and improved concepts of operations.

Deadline: 28 February 2016

Word Length: 3,000 words maximum (Note: Does not include footnotes)

Winners: The winners will be announced in the May Proceedings, which will include the publication of the prize-winning essay.


First Prize: $1,000

Second Prize: $500

Third Prize: $250

Note: All prize winners also will receive one-year memberships in the U.S. Naval Institute.

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Previous Winners

2018 Naval Mine Warfare Essay Contest Sponsored with the Mine Warfare Association

First Prize
Admiral James Winnefeld Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired), and Captain Syed Ahmad, Judge Advocate General Corps, U.S. Navy (Retired)
Second Prize
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