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Win $2,500 in Military Innovation Essay Contest

Special to American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2000 – June 30 is the entry deadline for Joint Force Quarterly magazine's essay contest on innovations that can help the U.S. armed forces remain on the cutting edge of warfare in the 21st century.

The contest, sponsored the National Defense University Foundation, Inc., seeks essays on exploiting technological advances in warfighting and on the development of new operational concepts and organizational structures. Essays may be based on historical analyses of military breakthroughs or contemporary trends in the conduct of war.

First prize is $2,500 and second prize is $1,500. In addition, a $1,000 prize will be presented for the best essay submitted by an officer in the grade of O-4 or below, or equivalent grades, regardless of nationality.

The contest is open to all military and civilian authors. Essays may be an individual or group effort and may be adapted from work done at staff and war colleges, universities and other educational institutions.

Entries must be original and neither previously published nor under consideration for publication. Joint Force Quarterly magazine will hold first right to publish all entries.

Entries must be submitted typewritten, double-spaced and in triplicate and a maximum length of 5,000 words. No electronically transmitted entries will be accepted. Entries should include a word count at the end. Any standard form of documentary citation is acceptable, but endnotes are preferred to footnotes.

Authors must include a letter with their name, Social Security number, or passport number in the case of non-U.S. entrants, mailing address, daytime telephone number and fax number, if applicable. The letter must indicate the essay is a contest entry.

In addition, entrants must include a cover sheet containing their full name and essay title, an essay summary of no more than 100 words, and a biographical sketch. Neither the author's name nor any identifying references should appear in the body of the essays, including running heads or other distinguishing markings such as office symbols.

Mail entries to:

Essay Contest


300 Fifth Avenue (Bldg. 62)

Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C. 20319-5066.

Joint Force Quarterly is published for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff by the Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University, in Washington. Its articles focus on joint doctrine, coalition warfare, contingency planning, combat operations conducted by the unified commands, and joint force development. The magazine's Web site address is www.dtic.mil/doctrine/jel/jfq_pubs/index.htm.

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