The Challenge

Address the strategic, operational, and tactical demands for 21st-Century Navy mine warfare–mine countermeasures, mining–technologies, systems and platforms, explosive ordnance disposal. Examine the promise of autonomous and unmanned vehicles. Consider the difficulties of delivering capable and affordable solutions to the fleet. 

The Reward

First Prize: $1,500

Second Prize: $750

Third Prize: $500

Eligibility and Submission

The contest is open to all persons eligible for membership (including those already members) in the Institute.

Submit to:


28 February 2017

Word Length

3,000 words maximum (Note: does not include footnotes.)


Winners will be announced in the May 2017 Proceedings.

Selected Submissions

First Prize
Dr. Scott Savitz
Second Prize
Terror in the Water: Martime Terrorism, Mines, and Other Imperiled Harbors
Lieutenant (junior grade) Daniel Stafanus, U.S. Navy
Third Prize
The Naval MCM Strategy: Post-Legacy to Post-LCS
Jason Stack
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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