History of the Contest:
In 2012 the Mine Warfare Association leadership approached the U.S. Naval Institute with the idea of sponsoring an essay contest exploring the subject of mine warfare. The Institute was immediately interested in supporting such a program, and agreed to an inaugural essay contest in 2013, with the objective of making it an annual event going forward.
Address the strategic, operational, and tactical demands for 21st-century Navy mine warfare, mine countermeasures, explosive ordnance disposal, mining technologies, systems, and platforms. Examine the promise of autonomous and unmanned vehicles. Consider the difficulties of delivering capable and affordable solutions to the fleet.
First Prize: $1,500 ($750 each)
“The Other Mine Warfare”
By Admiral James “Sandy” Winnefeld Jr., USN (Ret.), and Captain Nadeem Syed Ahmad, JAGC, USN (Ret)
Second Prize: $1,000 ($500 each)
“Mine Warfare’s Unmanned System Solution Today: The Expeditionary Mine Countermeasures Company”
By Lieutenant Allan Lucas, USN, and Captain Ian Cameron, USMC
Third Prize: $500
“To Starve a Nation—Lessons from the Offensive Mine Campaign of World War II”
By Lieutenant Commander Christopher Nelson, USN
Note: All prizes include one-year membership in the U.S. Naval Institute