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Army Acquisition Writing Competition
Written by: Karen D. Kurtz, U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center
July 10, 2018
WASHINGTON (July 9, 2018) – The Principal Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)), Lt. Gen. Paul A. Ostrowski, announced the start of the annual Maj. Gen. Harold J. “Harry” Greene Awards for Acquisition Writing competition, which invites individuals to candidly write about their insights, experiences, and ideas focused on Army acquisition.
“Let’s empower the folks who are doing the actual work to drive the dialogue, to help others understand the benefits of Army acquisition to Soldiers, the nation, and the future,” Ostrowski said, as he opened the fifth annual competition and encouraged maximum participation across the Department of Defense and among all interested parties. “This competition has been instrumental in lighting the way forward for the acquisition community in these challenging times,” Ostrowski said. “I think Harry would be proud of its success.”
Designed to influence the dialogue on the importance of acquisition in delivering capabilities to our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coastguardsmen, the competition is open to all, especially to members of the defense acquisition workforce. “We need to think critically and write clearly about acquisition – its past, present, and future,” Ostrowski said, “and this is the perfect venue.”
Prospective authors may submit articles, opinion pieces, or essays from 500 words to 1,800 words in one of four categories including lessons learned; innovation; future operations; or acquisition reform. A distinguished panel of judges selects the top entries. The 2017 winners and honorable mentions were published in a supplement accompanying the April 2018 edition of Army AL&T magazine. They were also honored by the Secretary of the Army at the U.S. Army Acquisition Executive’s Excellence in Leadership Awards Ceremony held in the Pentagon in January 2018.
Submissions must be unclassified, original, not previously published or submitted to a writing competition. Four award winners will be selected, one in each category with four additional works selected for honorable mention. All entries must be submitted by email no later than midnight Oct. 16, 2018. Additional information about the competition is found at
, including the call for submissions. The winners will be recognized at an award ceremony in Washington, D.C., in early 2019.
The annual acquisition writing competition is named for Maj. Gen. Greene, the deputy commanding general of the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, who was killed by an Afghan Soldier Aug. 5, 2014, while making a visit to Marshal Fahim National Defense University in Kabul, Afghanistan. “Through these awards, we help to honor Harry’s 34 years of distinguished service to our Army and the nation,” Ostrowski said. “We also remember that his contributions to Army acquisition are everlasting.”
: The Army Acquisition community is preparing for the future while continuing to assess lessons learned from past operations. The objective is to provide Soldiers with the right equipment, at the right time, and place to accomplish the assigned mission. Speed is a critical factor. It is important that we, members of the acquisition workforce and other interested individuals, drive the dialogue about meeting and overcoming significant challenges in delivering needed capabilities to Soldiers now and in the future.
: The Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology) is sponsoring the fifth annual Major General Harold J. “Harry” Greene Awards for Acquisition Writing to continue to shape the public dialogue about U.S. Army Acquisition through critical writing. Maximum participation is encouraged, especially among members of the Department of Defense (DoD) Acquisition Workforce, although the competition is open to everyone. The writings submitted must address lessons learned, solutions for navigating the current environment or discuss the way ahead, from an acquisition perspective, for building the future Army. All submissions should connect the acquisition process to its impact on the Soldier.
: Authors are required to select and write about U.S. Army Acquisition from the following categories: (1) Acquisition Reform; (2) Future Operations; (3) Innovation; or (4) Lessons Learned.
: Submissions – in one of the four categories identified –
must be sent in
by midnight October 16, 2018, along with a brief (not to exceed four lines) biographical statement about the author; email address; telephone number; and complete mailing address. Each submission is recommended to be between 500 words and 1,800 words, double-spaced, and prepared in Arial 12-point font. (There is no requirement to submit in layout format or with footnotes, endnotes, or acknowledgment lists of individuals.) Submissions must be unclassified and cleared for public release/publication by the author’s organization.
: Photographs, graphics (illustrations and charts), or a combination of both may accompany each submission, but are not required. All photographs must have a minimum 300-dpi resolution and be in TIFF or JPEG format. Please provide the photographer’s name and command for each photo submitted; the artist’s name and command for each illustration; and the source organization for each chart.
: Essays must be original, not previously submitted to any writing competition or published (including online), and completed during Fiscal Year 2018. An author may submit more than one entry, but only one per category. Two or more individuals may author an entry. The competition is open to any author (both DoD and non-DoD personnel are eligible) writing about U.S. Army Acquisition. Government contractors must complete their submissions outside of normal duty hours, and it is suggested that others do so as well.
: Once essays are submitted to
, no editing or revision is permitted. Entries will be evaluated by a review board from October 18 to November 20, 2018, to determine the winners and honorable mentions in each category. Entries will be awarded points based on persuasiveness (20%); clarity and strength of argument (20%); innovation (20%); relevance to current or future environment (20%); and feasibility (20%).
: Four (4) award winners will be selected (one in each category) and submitted for publication in Army AL&T magazine and four (4) additional submissions will be selected for honorable mention. In the case of a tie, each submission will be recognized. The four winners will also receive awards at the annual U.S. Army Acquisition Executive’s Awards Ceremony scheduled to be held in Washington, D.C. in early 2019.
: For questions, please contact Ms. Karen Kurtz at
or (703) 545-0803.