Writing Program 

Give voice to your knowledge!

The Association of the United States Army’s professional education program is designed to identify, discuss and influence the outcome of significant issues that affect the U.S. Army and national defense. AUSA’s Institute of Land Warfare (ILW) accomplishes this goal through the sponsorship of writing programs, for which quality manuscripts are needed.

ILW would like to invite you—past and present servicemembers, Army civilians, friends of the Army and others with an interest in and knowledge of national defense—to submit a manuscript to one or more of the writing programs described at right. Membership in AUSA, while always encouraged, is not a requirement for participation.

Manuscripts for candidate Land Warfare Papers, Landpower Essays and NCO Notes can be submitted either on disk (to Director, Programs, AUSA’s Institute of Land Warfare, 2425 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington VA 22201) or via e-mail (to sdaugherty@ausa.org). For additional information, please call 800-336-4570, ext. 2627 (toll free) or 703-907-2627 (direct dial).

Book manuscripts and/or proposals for books should be forwarded to Director, Operational and Strategic Studies, AUSA’s Institute of Land Warfare, 2425 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington VA 22201.

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. Participation is not limited to AUSA members or servicemembers.

  • Papers must be original and unpublished (in print or online), and should be in the range of 5,000 to 10,000 words. Accompanying graphics must be reproducible in black and white. A one-page synopsis of the paper and a brief biography of the author must accompany the manuscript. Manuscripts—in MS Word format—may be submitted at any time.
  • 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 will be a candidate to present the paper at AUSA’s Annual Meeting, held each October in Washington, D.C. The closing date for submission of a research paper for consideration for presentation by the author is 31 May.

LANDPOWER ESSAY SERIES - The series is designed to provide an outlet for original essays (unpublished in print or online) on topics that will stimulate professional discussion and further public understanding of the landpower aspects of national security. Essays should not exceed 5,000 words.

NCO NOTES - This program is an outlet for short pieces written by NCOs (past and present) for NCOs and others who may benefit from their experience. Topics range from leadership techniques to those unwritten "how-to" ideas and procedures that make the Army work. Essays should not exceed 1,000 words. 

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