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About the Emerging & Disruptive Technologies Essay Contest

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. But it doesn't stop there. The Department is looking for innovative ways to harness new technologies and combine them with tactics, techniques, and strategies to maintain a pacing edge over U.S. 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
Prior Publication: Your essay must be original , not been previously published (online or in print) or being considered for publication elsewhere.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Email essays as a Microsoft Word attachment by 28 February 2019 to: [email protected]
  • Include Emerging & Disruptive Technologies Essay Contest on subject line of email
  • Include word count on title page of essay but do not include your name on title page or within essay
  • Provide separate attachment to include biography and complete contact information -- i.e., work, home, and cell phone numbers; and home mailing address

Selection Process: The Proceedings staff members will evaluate every essay and screen the top essays to a special Essay Selection Committee of at least six members who will include two members of the Naval Institute's Editorial Board and four subject experts.  All essays will be judged in the blind -- i.e., the Proceedings staff members and judges will not know the authors of the essays.

About Naval Institute Essay Contests

Essay contests have been central to the work of the Naval Institute for more than 130 years. They directly fulfill the Institute's educational mission by encouraging writing on issues of concern to the Sea Services. They provide thought-provoking articles that spur ongoing discussion of these same issues, not only in Naval Institute media, print and digital, but also in other leading defense and national security forums.

Essay Publication: The winning essays will be published in a future issue of Proceedings.

Essay Awards: First Prize: $5,000 Second Prize: $2,500 Third Prize: $1,500

Essay Eligibility: Open to all contributors--active-duty military, reservists, veterans, and civilians.

Essay Length: 2,500 words maximum (excludes footnotes/endnotes/sources).