ASA(ALT) launches first writing competition

By Karen D. Kurtz


WASHINGTON — The Principal Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)), Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, announced a new writing competition today to encourage critical writing focused on Army acquisition issues.

“As the United States draws down from major conflicts and manages the ongoing ramifications of sequestration, public conversation surrounding acquisition is being driven by Members of Congress, think tanks, and the media with limited input from the workforce itself,” said Williamson. “I’ve created this competition as a way to help shape the public dialogue regarding Army acquisition through critical writing.”

The competition is seeking maximum participation, especially by members of the defense acquisition workforce.

Authors may write articles, opinion pieces, essays from 750 to 1,500 words on U.S. Army acquisition in one of four categories including lessons learned; future operations; acquisition reform/Better Buying Power; or innovation.

The submitted works must be original, not previously published, and completed during Fiscal Year 2014. Four award winners will be selected, one in each category with four additional works selected for honorable mention. The deadline for submission is Sept. 15, 2014, to Karen Kurtz at Additional detail is provided in the ‘call for submissions’.


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