NDU Writing Awards

Secretary of Defense National Security Essay Competition

BACKGROUND/CRITERIA:

Even though direct military force will continue to play a role in the campaign against terror, we cannot kill or capture our way to victory. Military operations must be subordinate to measures to promote participation in government, economic programs to spur development, and efforts to address the grievances that often lie at the heart of insurgencies and among the discontented from whom terrorists recruit. It will take the patient accumulation of quiet successes over time to discredit and defeat extremist movements and their ideology. Moreover, much of our national security strategy depends upon securing the cooperation of other nations, which will depend heavily on the extent to which our efforts abroad are viewed as legitimate by their publics.

Because of these new roles of participation, development, and cooperation both within and outside of the military realm, the Secretary of Defense National Security Essay Competition seeks to stimulate new approaches to coordinated civilian and military actions from a broad spectrum of civilian and military students. Essays should address U.S. Government structure, policies, capabilities, resources, and/or practices and provide creative, feasible ideas on how best to orchestrate the core competencies of our national security institutions.

Essay should be a research paper with a maximum of 5,000 words. Essays must be original, not previously published, and completed during the academic year. Entries cannot be submitted for publication to any other journal or academic press concurrent with these competitions. Two or more students may coauthor an entry

SUBMISSION:

  • Students submit papers through their appropriate college/school, which then nominates papers for the essay competitions. All submissions must be received by NDU Press not later than April 26, 2018.

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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) National Defense and Military Strategy Essay Competitions

BACKGROUND/CRITERIA:

This competition challenges students at the joint professional military education (JPME) institutions to research and write scholarly essays about significant aspects of national defense and military strategy. The purpose of this competition is to stimulate strategic thinking, promote well-written research, and contribute to a broader security debate among professionals.

Candidates can either submit a Strategic Research Paper or a Strategy Article. A Strategic Research Paper must be a maximum of 5,000 words, and consist of in-depth research, analysis, and critical thinking on strategic security topics. The Strategy article is a maximum of 1,500 words, and is a scholarly but tightly focused research paper.

SUBMISSION:

  • Students submit papers through their appropriate college/school, which then nominates papers for the essay competitions. All submissions must be received by NDU Press not later than April 26, 2018.

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Women, Peace, and Security Writing Competition

BACKGROUND/CRITERIA:

The WPS Selection Committee requires doubleā€spaced, typed papers between eight and twenty pages.  Winning papers will have one or more of the following issues highlighted:

    • Women and Conflict Resolution
    • Protections for Women During and After Conflict
    • Women’s Roles in Conflict Prevention
    • Women’s Access to the Means for and Integration into Relief and Recovery
    • National and International Stakeholders’ Respective Roles in Setting and Advancing the WPS Agenda 
    • National Defense Colleges and the Study of Women, Peace and Security

SUBMISSION:

  • Papers may be submitted to the WPS Selection Committee anytime during the year, but must be submitted no later than March 31st of each academic year for consideration.

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