Editorial Board Selects Winners of the General Prize Essay Contest
The Naval Institute’s longest-running essay contest is the General Prize Essay Contest. First conducted in 1879, this competition has produced an extensive list of winners who went on to distinguish themselves in the naval profession. They have included Commander Alfred Thayer Mahan, Rear Admiral Stephen B. Luce, Lieutenant Ernest J. King, Lieutenant Commander (later Senator) Sam Stratton, Captain Wayne Hughes, Lieutenant James Stavridis, Ron O’Rourke, Commander James Winnefeld Jr., and Lieutenant David Adams—now our Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Proceedings.
The winners of the 2016 contest are:
Lieutenant (j.g.) Daniel Stefanus, USN: “Embracing the Dark Battle: Electronic Warfare, Distributed Lethality, and the Future of U.S. Naval Warfighting,” First Prize, $6,000
Captain Dale C. Rielage, USN: “Stumbling into Centralization: Decentralized Execution, Commander’s Intent and Maritime Superiority,” Second Prize, $3,000
Commander Benjamin “B. J.” Armstrong, USN: “Hard to Lee: New Naval Priorities in a Multi-polar World,” Third Prize, $2,000