2021 General Larry D. Welch Deterrence Writing Award

The Commander, United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) is sponsoring a competition for the best research papers on the subject of strategic deterrence.  Participating schools and researchers are asked to submit papers to USSTRATCOM by 6 August 2021.  Submissions will be judged in one of two categories (“Senior Researcher” and “Junior Researcher”).  The winning author in each category will be recognized with an award and will receive an invitation to attend the 2021 Deterrence Symposium (funding for travel and attendance provided).

The deadline to submit a piece is August 6, 2021.


  • Recommended paper length: 10-20 double-spaced pages (however, paper length is flexible to meet individual school requirements)
  • Thorough citing of references and historical facts
  • Submissions must not contain any classified references or material
  • Submit papers electronically to Mr. Michael Powell, michael.w.powell6.civ@mail.mil

Judging Criteria

  • Applicability to current deterrence issues
  • Quality of argument
  • Implications for future deterrence analysis, planning, and operations
  • Historical accuracy
  • Quality of reference material

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