No Mil-Membership Required! Non-fiction Contest


The U.S. Army's Mad Scientist project is seeking 2,000-word non-fiction essays speculating about the operational environment in the year 2035. Deadline is March 1, 2020.

The Army defines "operational environment" as "a composite of the conditions, circumstances, and influences that affect the employment of capabilities and bear on the decisions of the commander" (JP 3-0).

No U.S. Department of Defense affiliation is required to participate. Submissions must be previously unpublished. Also, submissions must be unclassified and cleared by relevant local public affairs entities. Team or individual submissions are acceptable.

The author of the winning submission will be invited to present at a Mad Scientist event in 2020. Select semi-finalists will be published on the Mad Scientist Laboratory blog site or on one of our partner sites.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • What new skills and talent management techniques will be required by the Army in 2035?
  • What does the information landscape look like in 2035? Infrastructure? Computing? Communication? Media?
  • What can we anticipate in the "competition" phase (below armed conflict) and how do we prepare future soldiers and leaders for these challenges?
  • What does strategic, operational, and tactical (relative) surprise look like in 2035?
  • What does Multi-Domain Command and Control look like on the battlefield in 2035?
  • How do we prepare for the second move in a future conflict?
  • Which past battle or conflict best represents the challenges we face in the future and why?
  • What technology or convergence of technologies could provide a U.S. advantage by 2050?

Send submissions and questions via e-mail: usarmy.jble.tradoc.mbx.army-mad-scientist AT mail. DOT mil


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