Annual Cold War Essay Contest
The John A. Adams Center for Military History & Strategic Analysis at the Virginia Military Institute is pleased to announce a special edition of its annual Cold War essay contest. This year's competition is focused on topics related to the Ronald Reagan presidency.
The Adams Center will bring the winner to Lexington, Va., to participate in the forthcoming conference on leadership and national security affairs during the Reagan era. The event will be held at the Virginia Military Institute, 2-4 November 2014. It will feature a keynote address by former NATO commander Admiral James G. Stavridis and a dinner presentation by former U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union Jack Matlock Jr. It will also include a series of scholarly panels on topics related to policy, strategy, and leadership during the 1980s. For more information on the event, which is open to the public, see the conference website.
Call for Papers
Theme: Leadership and National Security Affairs during the Ronald Reagan Presidency
Due Date: August 31, 2014
Description: The John A. Adams ’71 Center for Military History & Strategic Analysis at the Virginia Military Institute is pleased to announce a special edition of its annual Cold War essay contest. The Adams Center will award prizes for the best unpublished papers on leadership and national security affairs during the Ronald Reagan presidency (1981-1989). Any aspect of military/international history is eligible, including papers on executive leadership within the national security establishment; military planning and operations; and international security affairs.
The Adams Center will bring the winner of this year’s contest to Lexington, Va., 2-4 November 2014, to participate in the “Enduring Legacy” conference on leadership and national security affairs during the Reagan era. It will feature a keynote address by former NATO commander Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret.), and a dinner presentation by former U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union Jack F. Matlock, Jr. The contest winner, as a guest of the Adams Center, will join the conference program alongside other Cold War scholars and former Reagan administration officials. For more information on the event, see the conference website.
First prize receives a place on the conference program, $3,000, and a plaque
Second prize, $500 and a plaque
Third prize, $250 and a plaque
Procedures: Entries should be sent electronically to the Adams Center (email) at the Virginia Military Institute by 31 August 2014. Please make your submission as a Microsoft Word document and limit your entry to a maximum of 7,500 words (minimum 4,000 words) of double-spaced text, exclusive of documentation and bibliography. A panel of judges will examine all papers; the Adams Center director will announce the winners in late September 2014. The Journal of Military History will consider prize-winning essays for publication. In addition, the Adams Center would like to post the best papers, with the permission of the author, on its website.
Click here to Submit Essays electronically to the Adams Center
For information about the contest, or if you have questions, please contact:
Bradley L. Coleman, Director, Adams Center
Deneise Shafer, Administrative Assistant, VMI History Dept.
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
Full-Text Papers (Alphabetical by author)
- Allen, Neil. “Past Experience Merges with Current Circumstances during Two Cold War Interwar Periods”.
- Andy, Joshua. “A Comparative Study of Military Spending in the Soviet Union under Nikita Khrushchev and in the United States under Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1953-1961”.
- Bacevich, Andrews. "Elusive Bargain: The Pattern of U. S. Civil-Military Relations since 1945"
- Bakich, Spencer D. "Strategy in the Shadow of Threat: America and China in Korea and Vietnam"
- Bielakowski, Alexander M. “U.S. Army Mechanized Reconnaissance during the Cold War, 1946-1990”
- Bright, Christopher J. "When Ding Dong Rang the Bell. The U.S. Air Force and the Genie Nuclear Air-to-Air Rocket"
- Bradbeer, Thomas G. "The Seeds of Our Destruction: The United States and the Battle of Dien Bien Phu"
- Coleman, Bradley L. "Recovering the Korean War Dead, 1950-1958: Graves Registration, Forensic Anthropology, and Wartime Memorialization”
- Colella, Robert A. "The Suez Crisis 1956: Rational Actors...Irrational Decisions"
- Curatola, John M. "The Atomic Air Offensive and the Change in American Military Traditions 1945-1950"
- Deaile, Melvin G. III. “The SAC Mentality: The Development of Organizational Culture within Strategic Air Command, 1948-51”.
- Dean, Robert K. "The Quiet Death of Universal Military Training: How America Lost an Opportunity to Close Civil-Military Gap"
- Friedman, Hal M. "Reactions: Lessons of the Korean War and the Public Debate over Containment and American National Military Strategy, 1950-1955"
- Gole, Henry G. “General William DePuy: His Relief of Subordinates in Combat”
- Higby, Patrick. “Promise and Reality: Beyond Visual Range (BVR) Air-To-Air Combat”.
- Hudson, Walter M. “Decentralization and Democracy in the U.S. Zone of Occupied Germany after World War II”.
- Jacobs, Leland. "The Cold War Comes to Lincoln: The Lincoln Air Force Base, 1952-1966"
- Jones, D. "Some Play Chess, Others Play Checkers: An Analysis of the Insurgencies and Counterinsurgencies in Malaya and Vietnam and the Implications of Success and Failure"
- Jones, Matthew. “Targeting China: US Nuclear Planning and ‘Massive Retaliation’ in the Far East, 1953-1954”
- Kim, Jinwung. “A Policy of Amateurism: Rice Policy of the U.S. Army Military Government in Korea, 1945-1948”
- Kim, Jinwung. "Political Implications of Farmland Policy of the U.S. Army Military Government in Korea, 1945-1948"
- Kuehn, John T. "Navy Peacetime Aerial Reconnaissance During the Late Cold War in the Soviet Far East Military District and South China Sea"
- Martin, Justin D. "Another Way to Peace: Ronald Reagan and Grand Strategy, 1981-1984"
- Milne, David. “‘Our equivalent of guerrilla warfare:’ Walt Rostow and the Bombing of North Vietnam, 1961-1968”
- Palmer, Michael A. "The Genesis of the Sixth Fleet: The U. S. Navy and Early Cold War Foreign Policy in the Mediterranean, 1946-1948"
- Pash, Melinda. "All for the Fight?: Mustering in for the Korean War"
- Pomeroy, Steven A. “A Quiver of Golden Arrows: The Evolution of American Mobile Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles”
- Prados, John. “Pitfalls in Knowing Your Enemy”.
- Seipp, Adam R. "In a Foreign Land: GIs, West Germans, and Refugees in Franconia, 1945-60"
- Stringer, Kevin D. "The Light Infantry Division: Cold War Chimera"
- Trauschweizer, Ingo W. “Learning From Allies: The U.S. Army and the Bundeswehr in the Cold War”
- VanderGiesen, William. "American National Security and the Philippines, 1957-1961"
- Walker, David M. “Eisenhower and Nuclear Transformation: an (Abortive) Revolution in Military Affairs”
- Ward, Thomas J., Jr. "Detachment Number 1: African-American Prisoners at Camp 5 during the Korean Conflict"
- Werrell, Kenneth P. “The Sanctuary That Wasn’t: The Myth and Reality of the Communist Sanctuary during the Korean War”
- Westermann, Edward B. “Relegated to the Backseat: Farm Gate and the Failure of the Air Advisory Effort in South Vietnam, 1961-1963”