Enter the U.S. Army’s premier writing competition!

2024 General William E. DePuy

Special Topics Writing Competition

This year’s theme is “The Russia-Ukraine War”


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Russia and Ukraine have been at war since Russia invaded its neighbor on 24 February 2022. The intent of this year’s DePuy competition is to encourage close examination of this war and what lessons it has provided for the Army. A list of suggested topics for examination is provided below. However, the list is not exclusive, and manuscripts identifying and analyzing other salient topics are encouraged.

  • What lessons have we learned from the Russia-Ukraine war so far?
  • How do lessons from this war affect/influence how we approach Field Manual 3-0, Operations, and large-scale combat operations?
  • Based on lessons learned from this conflict, what needs to change in U.S. Army doctrine?
  • What have we learned about the evolution and the future of maneuver warfare (armor, fires, unmanned aircraft, etc.)
  • Based on lessons learned from this conflict, what are the impacts of technology on modern warfare (e.g., cell phones, computers, artificial intelligence)?
  • How do the Russian and Ukrainian approaches to information operations compare? Psychological operations? Civil-military operations? Who has been more effective? How have social and traditional media affected the war for each side?
  • How does this conflict inform the Army of 2030–2040?
  • How does this conflict influence U.S. adversaries? What are our adversaries learning?
  • What are our allies learning from this conflict? How will it affect U.S. relationships with its allies? With NATO?
  • How does this conflict affect/influence the U.S. approach in the Indo-Pacific?
  • Based on what we have seen in this conflict, what is the role of the interagency at the operational level?


Competition opens 1 January 2024 and closes 19 July 2024


1st Place: $1,000 and publication in Military Review

2nd Place: $750 and consideration for publication in Military Review

3rd Place: $500 and consideration for publication in Military Review


Prize money contributed by the Association of the United States Army


For information on how to submit an entry, please visit https://www.armyupress.army.mil/DePuy-Writing-Competition/. Articles will be comparatively judged by a panel of senior Army leaders on how well authors have clearly identified discussion topics related to the Russia-Ukraine war relevant to the U.S. Army; how effectively detailed and feasible analysis of the issues identified is presented; and the level of expository skill the author demonstrates in developing a well-organized article using professional standards of grammar, usage, critical thinking, original insights, and evidence of thorough research in the sources provided.


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