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 use of 21st-century U.S. Navy mine warfare, offensive and defensive mining, mine countermeasures, and EOD technologies, systems, and platforms. Specifically, consider and examine the disruptive advantages as well as the difficulties of delivering and employing large-scale but affordable mine warfare capability and capacity to U.S. and allied combat fleets and littoral expeditionary forces as they execute joint all-domain distributed maritime operations, expeditionary advanced base operations, and littoral operations in a contested environment against peer adversaries.
FIRST PRIZE: $1,500
“Why Mine Warfare? Disputing Chinese Sea Control Through Offensive Sea Mining”
By Commander Victor T. Duenow, USN
SECOND PRIZE: $750
“Mine Exploitation: What Happens When the Fleet Has to Clear Modern, Unknown Mines?”
By Commander Marc G. Tranchemontagne, USN
Lieutenant Commander Christopher Price, USN
THIRD PRIZE: $500
“Minelayers are still relevant, distribute lethality, one mine at a time”
By Captain Edward Lundquist, USN (Ret)