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Near-Peer Competition is Back:
Are We Ready Now and Into the Future
February 6 - 8, 2018  San Diego Convention Center

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The U.S. Naval Institute provides an independent forum for those who dare to read, think, speak and write to advance the professional, literary and scientific understanding of sea power and other issues critical to global security. Each year, the Institute sponsors a number of essay contests. The winners of four of these contests will be recognized at WEST 2018.

2017 Cyber Essay Contest

First Prize:
LCDR Damien Dodge, USN
“We Need Cyberspace Damage Control”

Second Prize:
CAPT Ramberto “Rambo” Torruella Jr., USN
“Give a Cyber Edge to the Warfighters”

Third Prize:
Maj Scott A. Humr, USMC
“Tactical Cyber Warfare: Breaking the Curse of Tantalus”

Sponsored with DXC Technology

Enlisted Prize Essay Contest

First Prize:
CPO Hendrick Simoes, USN
“It Is Time for Digital Deckplate Leadership”

Second Prize:
HM3 Ryan Zieno, USN
“Small Unit Leaders Are Our Backbone”

Third Prizes:

FN David P. Horton, USN
“Restore the Warrior Mentality”

CMDCM Greg Renick, USN
“Why Is the Navy Concerned About Toughness?”

Sponsored with Textron Systems

2017 Marine Corps Essay Contest

First Prize:
Capt James Skeffington, USMCR
“The Corps Must Refine Warfighting”

Second Prize:
LTJG Daniel Stefanus, USN
“From Wells to Wings”

Third Prize:
1stLt Will McGee, USMC
“The Exercise Has No Clothes”

Sponsored with Gen Peter Pace, USMC (Ret.), Gen John Allen, USMC (Ret.), and LtGen Wallace Gregson, USMC (Ret.)

2017 Leadership Essay Contest

First Prize:
LCDR Matthew D. Brown, USN
“We Crafted a Charter”

Second Prize:
LCDR Luke Kelvington, USN
“Check Your Ego at the Hatch”

Third Prize:
ENS Timothy Sargent, USCG
“Experiences in Leadership”

Sponsored with Dr. J. Phillip London and CACI International