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Writing Program

The Association of the United States Army’s professional education program is designed to identify, discuss and influence the outcome of significant defense issues that affect the U.S. Army. To do this, AUSA’s Institute of Land Warfare (ILW) conducts a program of research projects, publications and defense-related conferences and symposia. To allow for more direct participation in the public debate of significant defense-related issues, ILW sponsors three writing programs. The submission of quality manuscripts is encouraged.

Manuscripts for Land Warfare Papers, Landpower Essays and NCO Notes should be forwarded to Director of Programs, AUSA’s Institute of Land Warfare, 2425 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201 or to

LAND WARFARE PAPERS. This program is an outlet for research on defense and national security issues that will serve to inform and influence opinion on defense matters.

  • Papers must be original and unpublished (in print or on the Internet), and should be in the range of 5,000 to 10,000 words. Accompanying charts and drawings must be reproducible in black and white. A one-page synopsis of the paper and a one-page biography of the author must accompany the manuscript at the time of submission.
  • The closing date for submission of a research paper for consideration for publication as a Land Warfare Paper and for presentation by the author at AUSA’s Annual Meeting (held each October) is 31 May. Manuscripts may be submitted at any time for publication consideration.
  • Papers are reviewed by an editorial board for overall quality, scholarship and the significance of the subject matter. The author of a paper selected for publication and Annual Meeting presentation will receive an appropriate honorarium, except when precluded by federal regulations.

LANDPOWER ESSAY SERIES. The series is designed to provide an outlet for original essays on topics that will stimulate professional discussion and further public understanding of the Landpower aspects of national security. Essays should be no more than 5,000 words.

NCO NOTES. This program is an outlet for short pieces written by NCOs for NCOs. Topics range from leadership techniques to those unwritten “how-to” ideas and procedures that make the Army work. NCO Notes is made available to all AUSA members. Essays should not exceed 1,000 words.

AUSA BOOKS. View information on AUSA’s Book Program.