2017 Naval Mine Warfare Essay Contest

The Challenge:

Address the strategic, operational, and tactical demands for 21st-Century Navy mine warfare–mine countermeasures, mining–technologies, systems and platforms, explosive ordnance disposal. Examine the promise of autonomous and unmanned vehicles. Consider the difficulties of delivering capable and affordable solutions to the fleet.


First Prize: $1,500

Second Prize: $750

Third Prize: $500

Deadline: 28 February 2017

Word Length: 3,000 word maximum

Note: Does not include footnotes

Eligibility: The contest is open to all persons eligible for membership (including those already members) in the Institute.

Submit to: essay@usni.org

Winners: Winners will be announced  in the May 2017 Proceedings.