CCSA Writing Competition for Cyber Conflict Case Studies

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association is partnering with the Cyber Conflict Studies Association (CCSA) and the Atlantic Council for a competition for case studies in the history of cyber conflict.

There are a total of six possible prizes of up to $1000 each for the best submissions. If determined to be of sufficient quality, winning studies will also be published in an upcoming journal or book.

Additionally, winners will be automatically considered for internship or employment at the Atlantic Council or CCSA.


  • Papers are due by midnight (EST), June 1, 2012.


The contest has three categories. Each will have separate prizes, and authors must specify which they are applying for when submitting their paper:

  • University students (full-­‐ or part-­‐time undergraduate or graduate)
  • Military (active or reserve)
  • Professional (not university or military)


Each of the above categories will have a prize amount of:

  • First place: $1,000
  • Second place: $500

In addition to the core prizes, an additional $500 prize has been established for international applicants, including students, military, or professionals, to encourage additional perspectives and participation.

Case studies of particular quality may be considered for publication in future CCSA journals, an upcoming Comprehensive History of Cyber Conflict, or selected for presentation at a future cyber conflict history conference.

Professors are encouraged to allow papers to be used for course credit.


  • Winners will be notified in writing no later than July 20, 2012.

Please contact the project manager Karl Grindal, at with any questions of eligibility.

Download the full CCSA writing contest notification, topics and submissions criteria here:

Military Cyberwar Cyber Warfare Education Professional Cyber Offense Cyber Defense Case Study CCSA Competition Cyber Conflict Studies Association Atlantic Council Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association
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