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Ministry of Defence awards authors of best military-related research

19. November 2014 - 15:16

11 November, Tallinn ‒ At the Defence Forces anniversary reception yesterday, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence Mikk Marran handed out awards to the authors of the best research papers completed in military education institutions.

The Minister of Defence granted an award of 1,950 euros for the best research paper in the Baltic Defence College to Major Meelis Peterson; Captain Mattias Puusepp was awarded 1,800 euros for the best final paper in the 2nd level training course of the Estonian National Defence College; and Second Lieutenant Margus Rätsep was awarded 1,500 euros for the best final paper in the basic training course of the ENDC.

At the awards ceremony, Permanent Secretary Mikk Marran said that military thought must never sleep and must be up-to-date with new, so-called smart threats, by keeping a few steps ahead of them if necessary, because today’s military activities take on increasingly varied forms.

“While warfare at strategic level is becoming more play-like and even more white-collar, we must still always keep in mind that for the actual front-line – the soldier – it continues to be the most dangerous job in the world, sometimes lethal,” said Marran. “Maintaining a scholarly curiosity with regard to military problems is therefore of general human interest.”

The best papers were selected by an evaluation committee composed of Ministry of Defence officials; the committee submitted its nominees for the awards to the Minister of Defence.

Major Peterson’s paper on “What is an appropriate leadership structure and style for cyber operations, i.e., how to gain command in cyberspace?” was recognised by the committee for its treatment of a relevant topic from a promising and innovative perspective as well as the author’s skilful discussion of the various aspects of command and control in cyberspace. The work can serve as a basis for future academic research in the field and represents a comprehensive treatment of a priority area.

Captain Puusepp’s Master’s thesis on “Defence Forces’ training for countering improvised explosive devices and possibilities for improvement” was acknowledged by the committee for its practical and competent treatment of the subject. The countering of explosive materials is one of the export capabilities of the defence sector and analysing its previous activities is of critical importance. The thesis also included practical proposals for implementation.

Second Lieutenant Rätsep’s paper on “Modelling of the virtual grid of a MIMO radar” was recognised for its innovative approach and “outside-the-box” thinking.

According to the statute of the award, research papers graded as “outstanding” or “very good” by the ENDC or the BDCOL are submitted to the competition by these institutions. This year, the ENDC submitted 21 and the BDCOL five papers.

With the awards, the Ministry of Defence aims to promote and raise awareness of research and development in its area of government and primarily to recognise the students of the Estonian National Defence College and the Baltic Defence College in the furthering of national defence and military thought.

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