The U.S. military’s long-comfortable technological edge is steadily eroding. To address that challenge, the Department of Defense seeks to leverage emerging technology, focusing heavily on autonomy, man-machine teaming, and machine learning and innovative ways to harness new technologies with tactics, techniques, and strategies to maintain a pacing edge over adversaries. How should the Sea Services meld technology and innovation to maintain our nation’s advantages?

The Challenge

 • Predict the next emerging and disruptive technologies

 • Describe how those technologies will be used by the U.S. military or against it

 • Discuss practical approaches for fielding and wielding emerging and disruptive technologies rapidly, and getting them into the hands of warfighters 

Submission Guidelines

 • Word Count: 2,500 words maximum (excludes endnotes/resources).

 • Email essay as a Word attachment to by 28 February 2019.

 • Include Emerging & Disruptive Technologies Essay Contest on subject line of email.

 • Include word count on title page but do not include your name on title page or within the essay.

 • Provide a separate attachment to include bio and complete contact information.

 • Note: Your essay must be original and not previously published (online or in print) or being considered for publication elsewhere. 

First Prize: $5,000

Second Prize: $2,500

Third Prize: $1,500

Selected Submissions

First Prize
Lieutenant Andrea Howard, U.S. Navy
Second Prize
Lieutenant John D. Miller, U.S. Navy
Third Prize
Major Scott Humr, U.S. Marine Corps
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