The U.S. Naval Institute Information Warfare Essay Contest contest is open to all contributors -- active-duty military, reservists, veterans, and civilians. Essays must be no more than 2,500 words, excluding end notes and sources. Include word count on title page of the essay. Essays are judged in the blind. Do not include author name(s) on title page or within the essay. Essay must be original and not previously published (online or in print) or being considered for publication elsewhere.
The Nation’s adversaries and competitors are proving to be formidable in the digital battlespace—using online platforms, social media, malicious code, disinformation, and cyberattacks to undermine elections, steal intellectual property, spy on governments, sow discord, and weaken alliances. Participants can choose to answer one of the following questions or write on another information warfare topic that interests them.