On July 26, 1947, U.S. President Harry S. Truman signed the National Security Act of 1947 into law. The National Security Act of 1947 mandated a major reorganization of the foreign policy and military establishments of the U.S. Government. The act created many of the institutions that Presidents found useful when formulating and implementing foreign policy, including the National Security Council. As July 26, 2017, marks the 70th anniversary of the signing of this historic document Divergent Options is holding a writing contest.
Using our options paper template, in 1,000 words or less, provide your options for how the National Security Act of 1947, or portions thereof, could be re-written to address better the threats, challenges, and opportunities the U.S. faces in the ever-changing national security environment.
Divergent Options will accept entries for 70 days beginning on July 26 and ending on October 4th, 2017.
Divergent Options’ Strategic Advisory Board will review all entries and award First Place ($100), Second Place ($50) and Third Place (Divergent Options Coffee Mug) in each of the following award categories:
1. Best Overall Option Paper
2. Option Paper Most Able to be Implemented
3. Most Disruptive Option Paper
All submissions, regardless of whether they win an award or not, will be published.
A. Review our options paper template.
B. Send your 1,000 words or less to email@example.com between July 26 and October 4th, 2017 and note which award category you wish to be considered for.
 Milestones 1945-1952, National Security Act of 1947. (n.d.). Retrieved April 23, 2017, from https://history.state.gov/milestones/1945-1952/national-security-act