UNITED STATES SPACE COMMAND OPERATIONAL ART OF SPACE WARFARE ESSAY CONTEST
"Long Title - Type In All Capital Letters"
This instruction establishes procedures for the United States Space Command (USSPACECOM) "Operational Art of Space Warfare" Essay Contest. These procedures apply to Headquarters, USSPACECOM, its Service Components, Service Professional Military Schools, and Service Academies. This instruction does not apply to Air Force Reserves nor Air National Guard units.
SUMMARY OF REVISIONS
Designates Director of Public Affairs the central point of contact (POC) for administrative coordination of the program as well as for promotions, publicity and awards. Eliminates need for a "committee" but establishes pre-selected "judges" to evaluate the papers. Adds requirement to have each author ensure that their unit/organizational security manager reviews his/her paper and then prepare a written security review statement submitted with the essay in order to eliminate the possibility of having classified information contained in the essay by mistake. Changes DCJ to Joint Secretariat (JS). Revised schedule at attachment 3 to again place most of responsibility for processing on PA to expedite the process. Added sample Security Manager Memorandum for Record (MFR) at attachment 4. Added Score Sheet at attachment 5.
1.1. Department of Defense Directive 5105.35, Responsibilities of Unified and Specified Commands in Public Affairs Matters.
1.2. Department of Defense Directive 5230.9, Clearance of DoD Information for Public Affairs Release.
2. General. The purpose of the essay contest is to encourage officers, enlisted members, and civilian personnel to study, analyze, and write about an aspect of space warfare and the contribution of space forces to war at the operational level. All personnel assigned to HQ USSPACECOM, its Service Components/Commands, Service Professional Military Schools, and Service Academies are eligible to participate.
3.1. Individuals submit essays by the last day of February of each year (normally the 28th unless it is a Leap Year, which falls on the 29th) to the Director of Public Affairs in the format at attachment 1.
3.2. Papers must be UNCLASSIFIED, no longer than eight-double spaced pages (approximately 2,000 words). Representative topics are provided at attachment 2. (These topics are not all inclusive and authors are encouraged to diversify). Note: Each author must ensure that his/her paper has been cleared for security by having the organizational or unit security manager review the essay and sign a MFR to that effect (sample is provided at Atch 4). A copy of the MFR must be attached to the essay or the paper will be disqualified.
3.3. Essays will be evaluated by appointed judges using the score sheet at attachment 5 for the USSPACECOM Operational Art of Space Warfare Essay Contest, to include (at a minimum): JS, CX, SPJ1V, SPJ2V, SPJ3V, SPJ4V, SPJ5V, and SPJ6V. When a designated judge is unable to participate due to other duty requirements or when on leave status, that individual must appoint an alternate member. Each judge reviews all submitted essays and awards no more than 100 total points per nominee in each of four categories:
3.3.1. Thesis (10 points): How well and how clearly does this paper state its central thesis? How closely does the thesis conform with the purpose and intent of the essay contest ?
3.3.2. Organization. (20 points): How well does the argument flow? Does the essay have a logical beginning, central theme/discussion, and presentation, i.e., does it flow smoothly in an organized and understandable manner?
3.3.3. Content (30 points): Supporting data; does the information and argument support the thesis? Again, paper must be UNCLASSIFIED and submitted in accordance with paragraph 3.2.
3.3.4. Overall Assessment (40 points): Does the paper constitute an effective presentation?
3.4. Five finalists will be selected on total point accumulations to compete for the winning essay and will receive notification of their selection in April. Selection and announcement of the essay contest winner will be made by USCINCSPACE in May.
4.Director of Public Affairs is responsible for:
4.1. Promoting the Operational Art of Space Warfare Essay Contest to Component Commands, Service Professional Military Education Schools and Service Academies as per attachments 2 and 3.
4.2. Preparing cover memo instruction and distributing separate essay package to each judge listed in paragraph 3.3.
4.3. Collecting judges evaluations of submitted essays and tabulating point totals on master score sheet to determine the top five essays.
4.4. Preparing Staff Summary Sheet to forward five finalist essays to the UD and CINC for review and selection of a winner.
4.5. Preparing CINC congratulatory letters for the five finalists.
4.6. Arranging for publicity and media coverage for the winning essay.
4.7. Arranging for provision of awards and appropriate ceremony for contest winner.
RODNEY S. LUSEY, Colonel, USA
1. Narrative Format for the Essay
2. Representative Essay Topics
3. Schedule for Operational Art of Space Warfare
4. Sample Security MFR
5. Score Sheet
Commandant, National War College, Fort Leslie J. McNair, Washington, D.C. 20319
Commandant, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort Leslie J. McNair,
Washington, D.C. 20319
Commandant, Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA 23511-5000
Commandant, US Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, PA 17013-5050
Commandant, Naval War College, Newport, RI 02840
Commandant, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL 36113
Commander, US Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027
Commandant, US Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Quantico, VA 22134
Commandant, US Military Academy, West Point, NY 10996-5000
Commandant, US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD 21402-5000
Commandant, US Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO 80840-5016
NARRATIVE FORMAT FOR THE UNITED STATES SPACE
COMMAND "OPERATIONAL ART OF SPACE WARFARE"
The narrative of the essay must be UNCLASSIFIED**, double-spaced not to exceed 2,000 words (not including your reference page)
(**NOTE - You must ensure that the unit/office security manager reviews your paper and attaches a memo to your essay stating that it contains no classified material)
You must also add a disclaimer at the end of the narrative prior to your personal identification information that reads: (This paper expresses the opinion of the author and does not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Defense or the United States Government )
Branch of Service
REPRESENTATIVE TOPICS FOR THE UNITED STATES SPACE
COMMAND "OPERATIONAL ART OF SPACE WARFARE"
The following represent some suggested essay topics but are not all inclusive:
- Space Operational Doctrine/Campaign Planning
- Command or Leadership at the Operational Level of Space Warfare
- Military Objectives in Space Warfare
- Operational Strategies in Space Warfare
- Operational Maneuver in Space Warfare
- Operational Deception in Space Warfare
- Space Warfare Command and Control at the Operational Level
- Operational Intelligence for Space Warfare
- Operational Logistics for Space Warfare
- Operational Space Support to the Air/Land Battle Doctrine
- Modem Operational Lessons from Past Campaigns
- Support of Space Systems to Maritime Forces or the ".....From the Sea" Strategy
- Space Operational Art and Low-Intensity Conflict
- Joint Operations using Space Systems at the Theater Level
"Operational Art of Space Warfare"
1 Nov Announce and promote contest (OPR/PA)
28 Feb Submission Deadline (OPR/PA)
7 Mar Papers distributed to Contest Judges (OPR/PA)
25 Mar Evaluated Papers returned to PA (OPR/Judges)
4 Apr Tabulation of Point Totals to Determine (OPR/PA)
5 Apr Five Semi-Finalist Papers Submitted thru (OPR/PA)
UD to CINC for Final Selection of Winning
2 May Selection of Winner (OPR/CINC)
Provide Letters for CINC Signature (OPR/PA)
to Finalists and Winner
Secure Awards for Winner (OPR/PA)
18 May - 10 Jun Submission of Winning Paper to (OPR/PA)
Professional Journals for Reprint
Publicity to Winner's and Runners Up (OPR/PA)
TBD Award Ceremony (OPR/PA)
Sample Security Manager Memo for Record (MFR)
MEMORANDUM FOR RECORD
FROM: Unit/Organizational Security Manager, office symbol, complete mailing address
TO: HQ USSPACECOM
250 S Peterson Blvd Ste 116
Peterson AFB CO 80914-3190
SUBJECT: Security Review of Essay Paper - (Title)
1. The attached essay contest paper, Titled: , has been reviewed for security and does not contain classified material.
2. Please contact me at (DSN and commercial phone numbers) should you have questions and or comments.
Signature block of
Unit Security Manager
Purpose: Aspects of space warfare and the contributions of space forces to war at the operational level.
Thesis (10): How well is central thesis stated? How closely does the thesis conform to the purpose?
Organization (20): Does the argument flow? Is it logical/understandable?
Content (30): Does the data support the thesis? Is it UNCLASSIFIED?
Overall (40): Is it an effective presentation?