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AOC Australia Essay Competition:

Exploring the Future of Warfare

AOC Australia invites members and enthusiasts of the Electronic Warfare (EW), Cyber Warfare, and Information Operations fields to participate in our exciting essay competition. This is an opportunity to share your insights, propose innovative solutions, and help shape the future of these critical domains.

Competition Categories:

1. Electronic Warfare: The operational concepts for EW capabilities are evolving rapidly, with many lessons drawn from the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Given Australia’s relatively limited history in operational electronic warfare, we face the challenge of evaluating the relevance of these external concepts to our own use case. How should Australia adapt these concepts? How do we optimize our existing capabilities and identify new ones to remain competitive in the EW domain?

2. Cyber Warfare: Cyber weapons are becoming pivotal in manoeuvre warfare, with Cyber Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA) emerging as a crucial practice area. How can we resolve traditional professional divides within the Cyber and EW domains to foster creativity and enhance capability in the CEMA field?

3. Information Operations and Influence: In our digitally connected society, the variability in threat awareness and responsible digital behaviour across different demographics leaves the Australian public vulnerable to offensive information activities. How do we assess the extent of this vulnerability? What are the potential implications, and how can we prepare and protect our society against these threats?

4. Open Category: This category is designed for those who wish to address an area they are particularly passionate about or to propose innovative ideas beyond the specified topics. Be creative and bold in your responses!


  • First Prize Overall:
    • $500 Cash Prize, and a
    • 3-Year AOC Australia Membership
    • The prize will be awarded at the Awards Gala on Wednesday 18 September, and you will have the  opportunity to present your essay at the Convention 2024 in Canberra
  • Runner-Up Prize (in Each Category):
    • 1-Year AOC Australia Membership

We look forward to your insightful and thought-provoking submissions. Let’s shape the future of warfare together!

Click here to download the Essay Competition info

Submission Details:

  • Eligibility: Open to all members and enthusiasts of AOC Australia.
  • Deadline: Submissions must be received by Sunday 25 August 2024.
  • Format: Essays should be between 2000-2,500 words and submitted in both word and pdf format.
  • Cost: Entry is free!

We encourage you to think critically, be innovative, and help us drive the future of Electronic Warfare, Cyber Warfare, and Information Operations. This is your chance to make a significant impact and be recognized for your contributions to these evolving fields.

How to Submit:

Please send your essays in both doc and pdf formats to with the subject line "AOC Australia Essay Competition - [Category Name] – [Your Name]."

For any questions or additional information, feel free to contact us at

AOC Australia reserves the right to publish and distribute all submissions to the AOC Australia Essay Competition: Exploring the Future of Warfare.

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