MGMWERX Space Case Study Prize Challenge

Submissions due by 11:59pm on July 20,2020

What’s the objective?

We are seeking to rapidly solicit academic research in the form of case studies about the space domain for use in classroom instruction. As part of the Chief of Staff of the Air Force’s priorities on space education, Air University (AU) at Maxwell Air Force Base seeks case studies relating to the space domain, from sources outside of the Department of Defense (DOD). The anticipated outcome is to expose AU to non-military professionals’ thought relating to the space domain.

We need your space expertise! With the explosion of research and complexity of the space domain, it is crucial that AU remains a leader in the field. We are seeking up and coming subject matter experts at the graduate level or higher to share their knowledge through a written case study.

Who Should Participate? U.S. citizens with masters degree or higher in a space focused discipline.

UPDATE ON DOD EMPLOYEE PARTICIPATION: DOD members are eligible to participate but will need to verify that their research was done on their own time and is outside of the scope of their job duties.

What’s in it for you?

  • All submissions that are deemed reasonable by review panel will receive $1,000
  • Additional cash prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place
  • The opportunity to help the USAF and improve the operational effectiveness of the people that keep us safe

When presenting a Case study, what are the component that we are looking for?

A space-related scenario based on historical, fictional, current events, projected/possible future events, or some combination thereof. Fundamentally, the case study is to be used as a teaching tool for seminar instructors. Submissions will be evaluated based upon ingenuity, scholarship, and feasibility for educational use.

What are some of the specific areas that a Case Study must address?

  • Minimum word count of 2,000 not to include foot/endnotes (no maximum)
  • Must include a military component, but need not be exclusively military-focused
  • Must set background of the scenario, actors, and what types of technologies/systems are meaningfully involved
  • The case study must lend itself to discussion questions and/or roleplaying exercise
  • The scenario should feature one or more dilemmas that face space professionals which may include:
    • Tactical
    • Operation
    • Electromagnetic
    • Policy
    • Legal
    • Political
    • International relations
    • Strategic issues
  • Discussion questions for instructor use should be included, as well as a description of roles and their positions if role-playing exercise in involved
  • List of a minimum of three suggested accompanying readings must be provided; while whole articles or books are permitted, shorter articles or book chapters/excerpts are preferred

Are you interested in submitting a case study?

Please provide your submission, using the specific areas above as evaluation criteria. There is a 2,000 minimum/ no maximum word count for this submission. All submissions should be provided in Word (.doc or .docx) format. Please, no more than three submissions per person. 

How long is the Challenge, what is the Challenge process, and what’s next?

  • Posting a Solution: Solutions can be submitted between the start and end dates published below.  Late solutions will not be allowed and only solutions submitted on the Challenge submission site will be accepted for consideration.  The submission platform requires a written summary of your concept. No information that is declared to be proprietary information will be made public, unless posted by the submitter in a public field on the submission form.
  • Submissions Phase Start: 6/22/2020
  • Submissions Phase End: 7/20/2020 @ 11:59 PM CST
  • USAF Review, Selection, and Invitation: During this phase, a team of USAF customers will review submissions.
  • Selection Phase Start: 7/20/2020
  • Selection Phase End: 7/31/2020
  • Award Phase: First, second, and third place best of challenge will be awarded on 8/01/2020.

Terms and conditions

  • Submissions that are accepted will be subject to Government Purpose Rights (GPR) for all permitted uses within the U.S. Government.

Questions? Email the MGMWERX team at [email protected]