Contest opens 1 January 2018 and closes 16 July 2018
Matthew Rojansky, JD
The author describes Russian actions during its intervention in Syria and discusses in detail whether Russia succeeded in meeting its military and political goals in that conflict.
Samuel P. Huntington, PhD
In this excerpt from Who Are We? The Challenges to America’s National Identity, a former Harvard University political scientist discusses diasporas, how they are exploited by their home countries, and how they affect U.S. foreign policy.
In a companion piece to the Huntington article, a Turkish PhD candidate describes how Russia is using its diaspora as an instrument of foreign policy in the former Soviet republics.
Maj. Hassan Kamara, U.S. Army
The author uses Sir Michael Howard’s dimensions of war (operational, technological, logistical, and social) to analyze how changes in military affairs and human society, as well as projections about future war, warrant reconsideration and change to the makeup of the current infantry squad.
Maj. Brett Matzenbacher, U.S. Army
According to this author, the Army could successfully adopt mission command as its overarching command philosophy by using a more precise definition of mission command and by aligning professional military education with it.
Lt. Col. Trent J. Lythgoe, U.S. Army
The Army must restore its expeditionary capabilities. Success in the future depends on coordinated and mutually reinforcing air, sea, and land expeditionary forces, says this author, and the Army must do its share. (Honorable Mention, 2017 General William E. DePuy Writing Competition
Maj. John Spencer, U.S. Army
Lionel Beehner, PhD
Capt. Brandon Thomas, U.S. Army
Three West Point researchers refute the widely held assumption that younger soldiers possess a higher aptitude and familiarity with digital technologies than their predecessors, but they support the Army’s progressive-and-sequential training model.
Maj. Anthony M. Clas, EdD, U.S. Army
The author describes what the U.S. military needs to be successful in the twenty-first century multi-domain operational environment and recommends where further research and shifts in approach should be directed.
Brian J. Dunn
The U.S. Army must consider and prepare for a role in the Asia-Pacific region that goes beyond merely fighting anti-access/area denial threats to one that better accounts for the value of large-scale land operations in support of a joint campaign.
Maj. Michael W. Hein, U.S. Army
The period of five years following the Anbar Awakening offers important lessons and highlights potential consequences for a tribe-based counterinsurgency strategy.
Col. Tim Kreuttner, U.S. Army
Lt. Col. Sami Alnaqbi, United Arab Emirates Navy
Lt. Col. Jarrod Knapp, U.S. Air Force
Maj. James Woodard, U.S. Marine Corps
Four authors with different military backgrounds explain how an integrated joint approach to security cooperation focusing at the operational level with Ukraine and Georgia would strengthen those U.S. partners and serve as a deterrent to Russian aggression.
Capt. Molly Kovite, U.S. Army
An Army judge advocate uses anecdotal evidence to argue against gender-based billeting segregation as it is an impediment to mission accomplishment. (Third Place, 2017 General William E. DePuy Writing Competition)
Lt. Col. Jesse McIntyre III, U.S. Army, Retired
The author critiques a book by Waldo Heinrichs and Marc Gallicchio that describes the last year of war in the Pacific Theater during World War II and the challenges faced by the United States in defeating a foe committed to fighting to the last man.
Retired Army Capt. Gary Michael “Mike” Rose was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Donald J. Trump in a 23 October 2017 White House ceremony for his actions during a covert operation from 11 to 14 September 1970 in Laos during the Vietnam War.