2020 USNI & MINWARA Essay Winners

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.

The Challenge:

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.

2020 Winners

FIRST PRIZE:

“Combating a Weapon of Old Requires Tactics of the Future”
(NMWEC #1-20)

By LT Ridge Alkonis, USN

SECOND PRIZE (TIE):

“Reimagining Offensive Mining:  Cooperative, Mobile Mines”
(NMWEC #15-20)

By MAJ Anthony Pollman, USMC (Ret.) & LT Christopher Hevey, USN

“Five Actions to Take to Generate an Operationally Relevant MCM Force” (NMWEC #20-20)

By CAPT John Moulton, USN

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