2012 Cold War Essay Prize Competition

For the eighth year, the John A. Adams ’71 Center for Military History and Strategic Analysis at the Virginia Military Institute is pleased to announce that it will award prizes for the best unpublished research papers dealing with the United States military in the Cold War era (1945-1991).  Any aspect of the Cold War military is eligible, with papers on war planning, operations, intelligence, logistics, and mobilization especially welcome.  Please note that essays which relate aspects of the Korean and Southeast Asian conflicts to the larger Cold War are also open for consideration.

They welcome submissions of previously unpublished pieces, and encourage you to pass along this notice to colleagues or promising graduate students who might be working in this area.

Prizes:  First place will earn a plaque and a cash award of $2000; second place, $1000 and a plaque; and third place, $500 and a plaque.

Procedures:  Entries should be tendered to the Adams Center at VMI by 31 July 2012.  Please make your submission by Microsoft Word and limit your entry to a maximum of 7500 words (minimum 4,000 words), exclusive of preferred endnote documentation and bibliography.  A panel of judges will, over the summer, examine all papers; the Adams Center will then announce its top three rankings early in the fall of 2012.  The Journal of Military History will be happy to consider those award winners for publication.  In addition, the Adams Center would like to post the better papers on its website–with the permission of the author, of course.

Submissions and questions:

James L. Adams, Ed.D.
Director, John A. Adams ’71 Center for Military History and Strategic Analysis
Department of History
Virginia Military Institute; Lexington, VA  24450
adamsjl@vmi.edu
540-464-7447
Fax:  540-464-7246

Results of the 2011 Cold War Essay Contest
sponsored by the John A. Adams ’71 Center for Military History and Strategic Analysis Department of History Virginia Military Institute

First prize: $2000

“Virtually Useless: The Rise and Fall of the Safeguard Ballistic Missile Defense System”
by Joseph C. Scott, United States Military Academy

Second prize: $1000

“New Look Over Taiwan: The Eisenhower Administration and the Formosa Straits Crisis, August-October 1958”
by James Young, Kansas State University

Third prize: $500

“Without Mercy: US Strategic Intelligence and Finland in the Cold War”
by Jukka Rislakki, Jarmala, Latvia

Honorable mentions (in alphabetical order)

“History of the Special Forces Medic and the Role of Medicine in Counterinsurgency, 1952-1975”
by Justin Barr, Yale University

“Blue versus Orange: The United States Naval War College, Japan, and the Old Enemy in the Pacific, 1945-1946”
by Hal M. Friedman, Henry Ford Community College

“Failure to Plant the SEAD: USAF Suppression of Enemy Air Defense Doctrine and Linebacker Offensives”
by James Young, Kansas State University

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