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Annual Cold War Essay Contest


For the eleventh consecutive year, the John A. Adams ’71 Center for Military History & Strategic Analysis at the Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Va., is proud to announce the winners of our annual essay contest, which awards the best unpublished papers on Cold War military history. Any aspect of the Cold War (1945-1991) era is eligible, including papers on U.S. military strategy, plans, and operations; the relationship between the armed forces and society; international security affairs; and the connections between Cold War military history and contemporary geopolitical challenges. Below are the 2015 award recipients. 



Awarded December 2015


First prize: $2,000   

An “Arsenal of Democracy” for the Space Age: The Militarized Undertones of U.S. Space Programs, 1946-1959

By Victor Rodriguez II, San Jose State University


Second Prize: $1,000 

Seeding True Terror: Tactical Nuclear Weapons in the Eisenhower Administration

By John Alic, Independent Consultant


Third Prize: $500 

Before There Was FEMA: The Military Response to the “Blizzards of 1949”

By David Mills, Minnesota West Community & Technical College


Honorable Mentions 

(Alphabetical order)

John Boyd, Maneuver Warfare, and the Marine Corps’ Search for Meaning

By Major Ian Brown, USMC 


We Need to Win the People: U.S. Psychological Warfare and Propaganda during the Dominican Intervention of 1965

By Matthew D. Jacobs, Embry-Riddle College of Security and Intelligence


 Black Panthers or “Little Monsters” in To-rail Black; The Narrow Gauge Diesels on the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railway—A Operations Research Perspective

By Kerry Skidmore, Cheyenne Depot Museum


Past Essay Contest Award Winners


The John A. Adams ’71 Center for Military History and Strategic Analysis sponsors an annual scholarly essay contest, with topics focusing on the U. S. military in the Cold War years (1946-1991).

Contest Winners by Year
2004-05,   2005-06,   2006-07,   2007-08,   2008-09,   2009-2010,  2010-2011, 2014

Full-Text Papers (Alphabetical by author)