DePuy Writing Competition Winners!

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2022 General William E. DePuy

Special Topics Writing Competition

This year’s theme was “Insights from Two Decades in Afghanistan”


1st Place

"Haunted by Clausewitz’s Ghost: Moral Forces in the Collapse of the Afghan Military"

John B. (J. B.) Potter


2nd Place

"All Power is Local: Understanding Disciplinary Power to Mobilize the People"

Maj. Robert Rose, U.S. Army


3rd Place

"Civil Dispute Resolution: An Ignored Winning Strategy for Afghanistan"

Col. Cornelia Weiss, U.S. Army, Retired


Honorable Mention

"We Lost—How to Learn from Failure in Afghanistan,’ in a Multi-Polar World"

Lt. Col. John Q. Bolton, U.S. Army


Honorable Mention

"Rule of Law and Expanding the Reach of Government: Lessons Learned from an AFPAK Hand Foxhole"

Maj. Theresa Ford, U.S. Army, Retired



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