2019 CNO Naval History Essay Contest


The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) is announcing the 2019 CNO Naval History Essay Contest and is calling for submission of papers by 31 May 2019. In support of references (a) [A Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority, 1.0 (904 KB pdf)] and (b) [A Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority, 2.0 (2.1 MB pdf)], the Director, Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) will serve as the Navy’s lead for the contest with support from the United States Naval Institute (USNI), which will receive the essays and assist with judging. The Superintendent, United States Naval Academy (USNA), President, Naval War College (NWC), and President, Naval Post Graduate School (NPS) will provide judges.

2. The CNO invites entrants meeting the criteria in paragraph 4 to submit an essay that applies lesson(s) from naval history to establishing and maintaining maritime superiority in today’s environment.

3. CNOs Intent: Inspire insight and dialog across a wide spectrum of academic, military, and civilian personnel within the Sea Services and among those with a sincere interest in the history of the Sea Services.

4. Essays will be accepted from entrants in the following categories:
a. Professional Category: History curators, archivists, professors, historians, and persons with history-related doctoral degrees.
b. Rising Category: U.S. Sea-Service active, reserve and retired, and civilians not included in the Professional Category.

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