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2018 General William E. DePuy Special Topics Writing Competition–Winners!


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Strengthening Partnerships to Face the Complexities of AfricaDePuY-2018-award-1st

Maj. Matt Kuhlman, U.S. Army

In this winning entry of the 2018 DePuy writing contest, the author describes the need to develop and strengthen partnerships with regional allies to overcome the challenges of operating in Africa.


Uncovering Hidden Patterns of Thought in War: Wei-Chi versus ChessMacArthur 2018 1st

Maj. Jamie Richard Schwandt, U.S. Army

The 2018 MacArthur writing contest winner compares two classic games to describe the difference between Eastern and Western ways of war.


The Use of “Stryker” in Doctrine Is Limiting and Symptomatic of Doctrinal Shortcomings That Are Harmful to Small-Unit Leaders

Capt. Matthew Allgeyer, U.S. Army

Changing the term “Stryker” to “medium force” in doctrine would help drive additional doctrinal changes necessary to allow small-unit leaders to think comparatively about peer-competitive concepts and would help clarify the medium concept’s place in the current Army brigade combat team framework.


A History of Operational Art

Lt. Col. Wilson C. Blythe Jr., U.S. Army

The author discusses the development of the concept of operational art in the Soviet Union, its eventual adoption by the U.S. Army, and contemporary debates about the utility of operational art.


The Cubazuela Problem

Lt. Col. Geoff Demarest, JD, PhD, U.S. Army, Retired

Cuban Bolivarian ideology has significantly influenced the conditions in Venezuela. According to this Ibero-American expert, the impunity enjoyed by leaders of the Communist Party of Cuba and United Socialist Party of Venezuela must be challenged to avoid further tragedy in the region.


Brazil-Russia Military-Technical Cooperation: A Fruit of the Post-Cold War World Order

Imanuela Ionescu

The author examines the gradual emergence of the de facto strategic and technological alliance that now exists between Russia and Brazil and why it has occurred.


The Russians of Latin America Moscow’s Bid for Influence Over: Russian-Speaking Communities in the Region

Brian Fonseca

Vladimir Rouvinski, PhD

The authors examine the evolution of Russian diaspora engagement in Latin America and the Caribbean, and assess its potential to support Russian domestic and foreign policy objectives.


Government versus Governance: Why the U.S. Military Must Understand the Difference

Maj. Jennifer Jantzi-Schlichter, U.S. Army

There are two main reasons that the U.S. military has been unable to achieve success in building sustainable governments in Iraq and Afghanistan: the U.S. military has failed to differentiate between government and governance and it does not effectively train and educate its personnel on how to execute this task.


Partner of Choice: Cultural Property Protection in Military Engagement

Dr. Laurie W. Rush

Amanda Hemmingsen

Cultural property protection efforts demonstrate an important beginning to developing the ability to partner effectively across the globe. A noted Army archaeologist opines that protection of cultural legacies is an essential component of a forward leaning strategy to promote coalition cohesion.


Space-Land Battle

Trevor Brown, PhD

Space power enables the United States to plan, coordinate, and deliver overwhelming firepower and dominant maneuver in the conventional battlespace. The author discusses the importance of dominating the space domain and offers advantages of inflatable spherical solar power satellites.


Raising the Bar: The Future of Individual Lift Devices in Warfare

Lt. Col. Matthew P. Dirago, Australian Army

Significant advances in individual lift technology present an opportunity to integrate individual lift devices (ILDs) into future military capability. The author describes the history, military applications, and strengths and weaknesses of ILDs.


2019 General William E. DePuy Special Topics Writing Competition

Contest opens 1 January 2019 and closes 15 July 2019.



Review of Omar Nelson Bradley: America’s GI General, 1893–1981

Lt. Col. Rick Baillergeon, U.S. Army, Retired

The author critiques a book by Steven L. Ossad that chronicles the life of Omar N. Bradley.



The annual index of Military Review (online and print) for 2018.


1st Lt. Garlin M. Conner - Medal of Honor Recipient

Pauline Conner of Clinton County, Kentucky, accepted the Medal of Honor from Pres. Donald Trump on behalf of her late husband, 1st Lt. Garlin Murl Conner, 26 June 2018 at a White House ceremony in Washington, D.C. Conner was awarded the medal for exceptional valor during combat on 24 January 1945 near the town of Houssen, France, while serving with 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division.