Sign up to compete in and win the Superintendent’s Annual Leadership and Vision Award: Voices of Maritime History competition. This competition promotes the study and interpretation of the lessons of naval history to address today’s maritime challenges, combining scholarly review and oral presentations with the advancement of new perspectives and innovative thought leadership in public forums. Read on to learn about topics, eligibility, submission requirements, selection criteria, the selection process and recognition and awards.

The goal of this Award is to foster the study and evaluation of naval history to promote new ideas and perspectives from relevant history for developing solutions to current and future maritime challenges.

Subjects may include the incorporation of innovative technologies and a broad spectrum of maritime challenges, such as vulnerabilities, countering adversary capabilities, freedom of the seas, avoiding incidents at sea, economic trade, the ecology of the seas, maritime laws and treaties, incorporating new innovations, US Naval supremacy and allied/coalition requirements. These are just a few examples.


Submission Requirements

  • Paper/presentation may be on any topic or subject described above
  • Papers must include an executive summary
  • Top three finalists will be required to present paper orally before a panel of judges
  • Papers must not be longer than 15 typed pages, double-spaced including the executive summary
  • Use AP or Chicago style, 1” margins and 11-point font
  • Include footnotes as appropriate
  • Click here to submit paper electronically by 19 February 2021.

Selection Criteria

  • Ability to demonstrate scholarly thought in writing
  • Ability to orally present paper in a public forum (top three finalists only)
  • Ability to inspire, advocate and educate in public venues
  • Creativity in selecting a topic that addresses a current need
  • Ability to demonstrate the connection to and value of naval history to address today’s maritime challenges

Selection Process
The Selection Committee will include civilian community leaders, retired and active naval officers, and naval historians. They will review the written submissions and select the top three candidates. These finalists will then prepare an oral presentation of no more than 15 minutes for the Committee. Once the presentations are completed, the winner and the second and third place recipients will be selected. 

Recognition & Awards
1st Prize:
Present paper at the Awards Dinner
Executive Summary printed in NHF’s quarterly publication, Pull Together
Research paper printed on our website
Research paper printed online in the International Journal of Navy History

2nd Prize:
Recognition at the Awards Dinner
Research paper printed online in the International Journal of Navy History

3rd Prize:
Recognition at the Awards Dinner
Research paper printed online in the International Journal of Navy History

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About the Award – sponsored by Dr. J. Phillip London USNA ‘59, and administered by the Naval Historical Foundation (NHF), the Award is intended to promote potential new naval perspectives, narratives, tactics, investments, adoption of innovative technologies and capabilities including public education and interests in the maritime environment, freedom of the seas or productivity of the ocean.

About the Sponsor:  Dr. J. Phillip London USNA ‘59 is the Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of CACI International Inc.  (NYSE:  CACI)

Joining CACI in 1972, Dr. London is the founder of the modern era CACI. He has grown the company from a small consulting firm to a leader in the IT solutions, national security and intelligence community industry. CACI has 19,000 employees in 130 offices worldwide.

Today, Dr. London oversees major strategic initiatives, including CACI’s legacy mergers and acquisitions (M&A) program that he started in 1992.  Dr. London is a nationally recognized authority on business and organizational ethics, and the author of Character: The Ultimate Success Factor. He earned an MS in Operations Research from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, and a Doctorate of Business Administration from The George Washington University.

Dr. London serves on the board of directors of organizations that support the U.S. Navy and military veterans. In 2017, he received the Naval Historical Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award for his “inspiring leadership, unwavering advocacy and generosity in support of naval history and American veterans.” He has supported U.S. Naval Academy Foundation projects and initiatives for decades. Dr. London is a retired captain, serving 12 years in the U.S. Navy as a naval aviator and 12 years as a naval reserve Aeronautical Engineering Duty Officer (AEDO). He also served as commanding officer of reserve units within the Naval Air Systems Command. In 2019, Dr. London received the U.S. Naval Academy’s Distinguished Graduate Award. 

About the Naval Historical Foundation: NHF preserves and honors America’s naval heritage. We seek to inform, educate and inspire current and future leaders and the public in understanding the importance of our Navy, sea power and the maritime domain. Working closely with the U.S. Navy, we ensure that naval history remains in the forefront of American thought. NHF is a 501(c)(3) membership organization based in the historic Washington Navy Yard.