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CIMSEC High School Scholarship Essay Contest

The Center for International Maritime Security is pleased to announce our first annual Maritime Security Scholarship Essay Contest. In an effort to further our mission of spreading awareness of security issues impacting the ocean commons, CIMSEC is issuing  a call for papers from secondary school students around the world. It’s time to put on your nautical caps and think, read, and write about maritime security. A broad range of paper topics are encouraged, but should exhibit an awareness and interest in maritime or naval affairs. Submissions will be judged on originality of thought, logic, and ability to demonstrate the importance of the chosen topic to maritime security.


  • First Place: “Hipple Prize for Eloquence in Defense of the Seas” – $500 US
  • Second Place – $250 US
  • Honorable Mention – $150 US

Prize winners and other exceptional essays will be published on CIMSEC’s “Next War Blog.”

Eligibility: The contest is open to any Secondary/High School Student, internationally. Submissions should include proof of student status (copy of student ID or transcript) along with the entrant’s full name and address.

Deadline: Contest entries are due no later than 15 January 2015 and the winners will be announced in the early spring.

Submissions: Entries of no more than 1,500 words in length should be emailed in Microsoft Word or .pdf format to  Submissions will only be accepted in English, but we will be happy to help with light editing for non-native English speaking entries.


Events 15 – 21 December 2014

This is a roundup of events we think our readers and members might find interesting. Inclusion does not equal endorsement, all descriptions are the events’ own. Think of one we should inclcalendarude? Email me at


Upcoming CIMSEC Events

January “CIMSEC DC Meetup” – Washington, DC – TBD


15 – 21 December 2014 Events of Interest

15 December 2014 – Washington, DC – CAP – “The Future of U.S. Foreign Policy”

15 December 2014 – Washington, DC – East – West Center – “Russian-Chinese Integration Strategies for Eurasia: Forming a New Condominium?”

15 December 2014 – Washington, DC – Stimson Center – The Escalating Shi’a-Sunni Conflict: Assessing The Role Of ISIS

15 December 2014 – Washington, DC – CSIS – “The Future of Homeland Missile Defense: A Fresh Look at Programs and Policy”

15 December 2014 – Washington, DC – SAIS – “National Reconciliation and Negotiation: The Path Forward in Iraq and Syria”

16 December 2014 – Washington, DC – Brookings – “Shared Challenges and Cooperation for Korea, China and the U.S.”

16 December 2014 – Washington, DC – Atlantic Council – A Discussion on National Security with Dr. Harlan Ullman”

16 December 2014 – Washington, DC – German Marshall Fund – “The Evolving Asian Landscape – a Young Strategist Forum Paper Series Launch”

16 December 2014 – Washington, DC – CSIS – “The Army and a Complex Future: LTG HR McMaster”

16 December 2014 – Washington, DC – Potomac Inst. – Returning USMC Commander’s Speaker Series (4pm) (RSVP to

17 December 2014 – Washington, DC – JHU/APL – “Rethinking Energy and National Security”

17 December 2014 – Washington, DC – Atlantic Council - “Securing Operational Superiority Through Defense Innovation: A UK Perspective”

17 December 2014 – Washington, DC – AEI – “The Ukranian Revolution 1 year on: Victoria Nuland”

18 December 2014 – Washington, DC – CSIS – “Bob Schieffer: Ambition and Uncertainty: China in the Age of Xi Jinping”

19 December 2014 – Washington, DC – German Marshall Fund – “The Road to Euroatlantic Integration: The Role of the U.S. in the Western Balkans”

19 December 2014 – Washington, DC – Brookings – “Military Health Care Reform, Compensation Policy and the Defense Budget”

19 December 2014 – Washington, DC – Brookings – “China’s Reemergence as a Great Power: Comparing American and Japanese Perspectives”


Long-range Events

7 January 2015 – Washington, DC – JHU/APL – “Chinese Views, Strategy, and Geopolitics, ft Robert Kaplan”

8 January 2015 – Chicago, Il – Chicago Council of Global Affairs – “Making Waves: China’s Sea Power and Asian Security”

9 January 2015 – Annapolis, MD – The U.S. Navel Academy Museum – “A Debate on the Future of Aircraft Carriers”

13-15 January 2015 – Washington, DC – SNA – 2015 Surface Navy Association National Symposium”

10-12 February 2015 – San Diego, CA – USNI/AFCEA – “West Conference”

17-18 April 2015 – Portsmouth, UK – National Museum of the Royal Navy – “Statesmen & Seapower”

13-17 May 2015 – Monterey, CA – North American Society for Oceanic History – “Pacific – The Peaceful Ocean?”

29-30 May 2015 – Providence, RI – North American Society for Oceanic History – “50th Anniversary Gaspee Days Maritime History / Maritime Studies Symposium”

23-26 September 2015 – Giardnini Naxos, Sicily – EISA – “Pan European Conference on Maritime Security” (Paper Proposals Due 15 Jan)

10-11 Oct 2015 – Philadelphia, PA – Temple – “U.S. Bases and the Construction of Hegemony”


Unmanned Autonomous Systems Countermeasures NATO Workshop

It is common sense that Unmanned Autonomous Systems can be used against NATO populations and forces – but beyond the public perception of this threat, there is a need for an expert level debate that will produce a thorough understanding of the challenges and initiate the development of efficient response options. This is what NATO Transformation Command is addressing with this online and in-person workshop.



The workshop is gathering experts from all backgrounds: Government, Military, NATO, Academia, Industry … to address all aspects (operational, autonomy related, legal, legitimacy, financial and ethical) of the proliferation of Unmanned & Autonomous systems in ground, air, sea and telecoms dimensions. The aim is to identify the best options to counter Unmanned & Autonomous systems and to provide senior policy makers and industry with guidance on related future implications and requirements.


(sign up online first to gain access to online event registration)

Join now the brainstorming in the online forum at 

The WORKSHOP: 9-11 Dec 14

The forum findings will be exploited during the workshop when everyone will be able to join live online or onsite at the Innovation Hub:


Innovation Research Park @ ODU
4111 Monarch Way # 4211, Norfolk, Virginia 23508

Email registration request to:
with the following information:

First Name :
Last Name :
City of residence :
Affiliation (name of employer) :
Area of Expertise :
Email address :
When do you plan to join the workshop? :
When do you plan to leave the workshop? :
Will you attend the ice-breaker on 8th Dec 1900-2000? :
Do you need a parking pass? :
Information and registration at


Serge Da Deppo is an information officer at the NATO ACT Innovation Hub.

CIMSEC Holiday Party

restaurant-exteriorJoin our HQ chapter for its informal holiday party/happy hour. We will be meeting at The Front Page on Dupont Circle to share stories and news of the maritime world, meet new friends, and share a drink with old ones.

Time: Wednesday, 10 December 6:00-8:00pm
Place: The Front Page (Take the south exit). Enter through the lobby of the Robert S Strauss Building (1333 19th St. NW) – the entrance to the bar is to the immediate right. We will be in the elevated seating area to the right as you enter.

All are welcome – RSVPs not required, but appreciated:


CIMSEC’s DC Nov Meet-Up

Lola'sJoin our DC chapter for its November DC-area informal meet-up/happy hour. We will be meeting on the top floor of Lola’s Barracks Row Bar and Grill to discuss the events of the day and meet new folk. Vic Allen, our Director of Social Media, will lead a discussion strategic communication, trust, and national security at 6:30pm.

Time: Wednesday, 12 November 6:00-9:00pm
Place: Lola’s Barracks Row Bar and Grill (Top Floor), 711 8th Street SE
Washington D.C. 20003

Read-aheads for those interested:

– “Whither Strategic Communication,” Christopher Paul, RAND
– “The Strategic Communication Imperitive,” Paul Argenti, MIT Sloan

All are welcome – RSVPs not required, but appreciated:


A Hearty Thanks to Our Kickstarter Supporters

ThankYouThis week we concluded our campaign on Kickstarter and we could not be happier, having successfully met our goal and then some. So we want to take a brief pause from writing about drones, pirates, and tanker traffic and thank our readers, our contributors, our promoters, and especially our backers.

Several months ago when we designed this campaign, we were unsure if we would raise enough funds to cover our minimal expenses and legal fees allowing us to file for non-profit status. Yet, within 12 hours of launching, you helped us reach our Kickstarter goal for a campaign set to last nearly a month. In total, over 40 backers helped us raise more than $3000 through Kickstarter and other methods. With this amount, the CIMSEC leadership team is excited to further grow and improve the organization.

With the average donation amounting to $70, this fundraising campaign exemplifies your commitment and passion to CIMSEC’s mission, and there is no way to price the encouragement this level of support and enthusiastic response has given us. Simply put, you are awesome and we aspire to make you proud.

For those who donated, within the next few weeks you will receive a receipt from us in addition to further information regarding the rewards that you selected. Additionally, we are proud to announce that all contributors to this campaign will receive an advanced copy of CIMSEC’s first published compendium, Forgotten Naval Strategists, in recognition of your efforts. If you have any questions regarding the rewards or your contribution, do not hesitate to reach out to me at

Again, on behalf of the CIMSEC leadership team, thank you for your support.


Bret Perry, Treasurer

Scott Cheney-Peters, President & Founder


CIMSEC UK Nov Chapter Meet-Up (8-9 Nov)

StonehouseTwo Events Bookend CIMSEC’s UK Chapter Meet-Up:

Courtesy of the Royal Marines the UK Chapter of CIMSEC is hosting an informal meet-up at Stonehouse Barracks in Plymouth on Saturday 8th November. Come and join us to meet some very interesting people, have a tour of the barracks and discuss all things maritime.

The Sergeant’s Mess, where the meeting will be held, has very kindly offered to provide a buffet for the evening for the price of £5 per person. The event is due to start at around 6pm and finish around 10.30 pm.

MemorialWe have also been invited to accompany the Royal Marines for the Remembrance Day Service on the Hoe on Sunday 9th November. This is scheduled to commence at 10.30 am, but due to limited parking it is advised to arrive early. If you are able to join us it would be great to see you and it promises to be a most memorable occasion.

Day 1: Saturday 8th November  (6pm – 10pm)
Informal meet-up at the Stonehouse Royal Marine Barracks (PL1 3QS). (Buffet £5 per person.)

Day 2: Sunday 9th November (10am – onwards)
Attend the Remembrance Day Service at Plymouth Hoe with the Royal Marines. (PL1 2LR)

Dress code: Smart casual would be preferred for both occasions.

Due to space and base security restrictions at Stonehouse RSVP’s are required, so if you would like to come please contact me on preferably no later than November 2nd.

If you have any questions about the event or would like to suggest a future venue please send me an email on the above address.