ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE THIRD ANNUAL LTCOL EARL "PETE" ELLIS ESSAY CONTEST

Date Signed: 5/01/2014
MARADMINS Active Number: 228/14

R 011507Z MAY 14
UNCLASSIFIED/
MARADMIN 228/14
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC CDI/
SUBJ/ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE THIRD ANNUAL LTCOL EARL "PETE" ELLIS ESSAY CONTEST//
REF A/MARINE CORPS GAZETTE/JUNE 2014//
REF B/EXPEDITIONARY FORCE 21/DTD 4 MARCH 2014//
NARR/REF A IS THE MARINE CORPS GAZETTE PROFESSIONAL JOURNAL OF U.S. MARINES JUNE 2014 VOL 98 NO 6. REF B IS THE MARINE CORPS CAPSTONE CONCEPT EXPEDITIONARY FORCE 21 HTTP:(SLANTSLANT)WWW.MCCDC.MARINES.MIL/EF21//
POC/DOUGLAS KING/CIV/UNIT: CDI/NAME:  COML (703) 432-8494/EMAIL: DOUGLAS.KING(AT)USMC.MIL//
POC/TIMOTHY KAMB/MAJ/UNIT:  CDI/NAME:  COML (703) 432-8380/EMAIL: TIMOTHY.KAMB(AT)USMC.MIL//
POC/MICHAEL HAGER/CAPT/UNIT: CDI/NAME:  COML (703) 432-8380/EMAIL: MICHAEL.S.HAGER(AT)USMC.MIL//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1.  THE FEBRUARY 2012 MARINE CORPS GAZETTE ANNOUNCED AN ANNUAL ESSAY CONTEST SUPPORTED BY THE MARINE CORPS ASSOCIATION & FOUNDATION AND NAMED FOR LIEUTNANT COLONEL EARL 'PETE' ELLIS, WHO FORETOLD THE STRUGGLE FOR THE PACIFIC 20 YEARS BEFORE WORLD WAR II. HIS ABILITY TO ASSESS THE UNCERTAIN SECURITY ENVIRONMENT AND ITS IMPACT ON U.S. ECONOMIC AND NATIONAL SECURITY SPAWNED THE DEVELOPMENT OF A SERIES OF CONCEPTS, DOCTRINE, AND, EVENTUALLY, A HALLMARK CAPABILITY FOR NAVY-MARINE CORPS AMPHIBIOUS OPERATIONS. THE ANNUAL ESSAY CONTEST IS IN KEEPING WITH LIEUTENANT COLONEL ELLIS' VISIONARY APPROACH TO EXPEDITIONARY WARFARE.
2.  PURPOSE.  THIS CONTEST SEEKS TO STIMULATE OPERATIONAL/TACTICAL THINKING BY INVITING ARTICLES THAT FOCUS ON PREPARING THE MARINE CORPS FOR FUTURE CONFLICT THROUGH PERSPECTIVES RANGING ACROSS DOCTRINE, EMERGING THREATS, CAPABILITIES, TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES, FORCE COMPOSITION, MATERIEL SOLUTIONS, AND OPERATIONAL CONCEPTS. THE THEME FOR 2014 CONCERNS FORMULATING SOLUTIONS FOR ACHIEVING THE VISION OF EXPEDITIONARY FORCE 21 WHILE OPERATING IN A FISCALLY AUSTERE ENVIRONMENT.
3.  THEME.  EXPEDITIONARY FORCE 21 IS THE MARINE CORPS' CAPSTONE DOCUMENT AND WILL ALIGN FUTURE CONCEPTS, ADVOCATE PLANS, AND CAPABILITY ROADMAPS. IT DOES NOT CHANGE WHAT MARINES DO, BUT HOW THEY WILL DO IT. HOWEVER, CURRENT AND FUTURE FISCAL CHALLENGES MAY NECESSITATE NEW OR ALTERNATE COURSES OF ACTION AND/OR PROCEDURES TO ACCOMPLISH THE GOALS OF EXPEDITIONARY FORCE 21.  GIVEN THIS ENVIRONMENT, HOW CAN UNITED STATES NAVAL FORCES ACHIEVE THE GOALS OF EXPEDITIONARY FORCE 21 AND REMAIN EFFECTIVE AS THE NATION'S DEPLOYABLE, EMPLOYABLE AND SUSTAINABLE CRISIS RESPONSE FORCE, WHILEOPERATING WITHIN THE LIMITATIONS OF A STRICT BUDGET?
4.  ELIGIBILITY.  THIS CONTEST IS OPEN TO ANYONE, CIVILIAN OR MILITARY, WHO IS INTERESTED IN EXPANDING THE DIALOGUE WITH CREATIVEIDEAS AND SOLUTIONS FOR HOW A FISCALLY CONSTRAINED NAVY-MARINE CORPS TEAM CAN EFFECTIVELY EXECUTE THE FULL RANGE OF NAVAL AMPHIBIOUS OPERATIONS IN THE FUTURE THREAT ENVIRONMENT. TO QUALIFY, ENTRIES MUST PROPOSE AND ARGUE FOR MODIFICATION OR INTRODUCTION OF NEW CONCEPTS, ORGANIZATIONS OR MATERIEL SOLUTIONS TO ADDRESS EXPECTED OPERATIONAL CHALLENGES IN CRISIS-RESPONSE. AUTHORS MUST PROVIDE A THOROUGH TREATMENT OF THE PROPOSAL, INCLUDING ALTERNATIVE VIEWPOINTS, TO COMPEL FURTHER EXPLORATION OF THE TOPIC.
5.  SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS.  ENTRIES SHOULD BE SUBMITTED BETWEEN 1 JULY AND 31 AUGUST 2014 TO THE EDITOR, MARINE CORPS GAZETTE. THE TEXT SHOULD BE IN MICROSOFT WORD FORMAT AND FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES:
    (A)  IDENTIFICATION OF THE ESSAY AS A PETE ELLIS CONTEST ENTRY.
    (B)  INCLUDE A COVER PAGE WITH THE TITLE OF THE ESSAY.
    (C)  INCLUDE AUTHOR'S NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS.  THE AUTHOR'S NAME SHOULD NOT APPEAR ANYWHERE BUT ON THE COVER PAGE.
    (D)  THE TITLE SHOULD BE REPEATED ON THE FIRST PAGE OF THE ESSAY.
    (E)  SUBMISSIONS SHOULD BE TYPEWRITTEN, DOUBLE SPACED, AND RANGE IN LENGTH FROM 2,000 TO 3,000 WORDS.
    (F)  E-MAIL ENTRIES ARE ACCEPTABLE AND PREFERRED.  APPEND THE ARTICLE AS A MICROSOFT WORD DOCUMENT AND E-MAIL TO GAZETTE(AT)MCA-MARINES.ORG.
    (G)  IF SUBMITTING BY MAIL, INCLUDE AN ELECTRONIC COPY ON CD TO ADDRESS MARINE CORPS GAZETTE P.O. BOX 1775 QUANTICO, VA 22134.
6.  JUDGING AND AWARDS.  MEMBERS OF THE MARINE CORPS ELLIS GROUP AND MCA EDITORIAL BOARD WILL JUDGE THE CONTEST IN SEPTEMBER AND NOTIFY WINNERS SHORTLY THEREAFTER. PRIZES INCLUDE $5,000 AND ANENGRAVED PLAQUE FOR FIRST PLACE, AN ENGRAVED PLAQUE FOR SECOND PLACE AND HONORABLE MENTION. ALL ENTRIES ARE ELIGIBLE FOR PUBLICATION.  THE WINNING ENTRIES WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE MARINE CORPS GAZETTE.
7.  THIS MARADMIN IS APPLICABLE TO THE MARINE CORPS TOTAL FORCE.
8.  RELEASE AUTHORIZED BY LIEUTENANT GENERAL KENNETH J. GLUECK, JR., DEPUTY COMMANDANT FOR COMBAT DEVELOPMENT AND INTEGRATION.//