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Invitation to information operations writing competition

Students, faculty and alumni from The Institute of World Politics are encouraged to submit manuscripts to the Combined Arms Center Commanding General’s Second Annual Commanding General’s “Information Operations Writing Competition.


The following announcement is adapted from the Combined Arms Center (CAC) at Fort Leavenworth: 


Anyone conducting research on issues related to Information Operations (IO) is invited to submit papers for consideration.CAC will announce the competition results during the first week of December. The 2007 competition is now open.


Who is eligible to enter? Anyone conducting research on issues related to IO.


How do I enter? – Submit an unclassified, original research paper on any topic examining issues related to IO by 31 October. Papers generally should not exceed 5,000 words, though well-developed manuscripts of extraordinary merit that exceed this limit will be considered. – Previously published papers, or papers pending consideration elsewhere for publication, are ineligible with one exception: IO-related articles published in Military Review by 31 October each year or received by Military Review for publication consideration by 31 October each year will be automatically entered in this competition. – Papers submitted to other competitions still pending announced decisions are also ineligible.


What do winning writers receive?


First Place: Award of $1,000; a certificate of recognition signed by the Commanding General, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center; and, publication as a featured essay in Military Review, the U.S. Army’s Professional Journal.


Second Place: Award of $500; a certificate of recognition signed by the Commanding General, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center; and, special consideration for publication in Military Review.


Third Place: Award of $250; a certificate of recognition signed by the Commanding General, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center; and, special consideration for publication in Military Review.


Fourth Place: Award of $250; a certificate of recognition signed by the Commanding General, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center; and, special consideration for publication in Military Review.


NOTE: Government employees whose papers are selected for award are not eligible to receive the cash portion of the writing awards for papers that are authored during the course of their government employment.Similarly contractors, providing IO-related services to the U.S. Government are encouraged to submit papers for consideration but are not eligible to receive the cash portion of the writing awards for papers that are authored as part of their required contract services. Examples:



  • An individual in the USAIOP who writes a concept, white, or other paper for the IO Proponent may use that work for this competition but is not eligible to receive a cash award.<