The Kossiakoff Conference and Education Center, The Johns
Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory, 11100 Johns Hopkins Road, Laurel,
Maryland. (Lat. 39.1653 N, Long. 76.8972 W).
Innovation for Continued Undersea Superiority and Increased Contributions
across the Battlespace from Under the Sea.
Description: The United States’ ability to maintain and extend its position of superiority in
the undersea battlespace is critical to the success of the National Security Strategy.
Superiority in the undersea battlespace underpins the Joint Force’s ability to access
and operate effectively in other domains, including air, surface, cyber, land, and
space. It is essential that the nation preserves this winning edge in the undersea
domain to achieve required military outcomes and exercise strategic influence in
the future, especially in light of the real-world challenges presented by advancing
and adaptive threats like China and Russia, and emergent third-world adversaries
enabled by sophisticated technology available on the global market. Quieter and
more capable submarines will require the Navy to improve its undersea capabilities
continually, while the development and proliferation of advanced systems that can
accurately sense, target and strike ships at increasing ranges remains a vital concern
to Navy leadership. Since unhindered use of the maritime commons is essential to
the global economic system and to our national interests, the Navy must continue
to develop new concepts, platforms, and technologies that can effectively address
emerging threats to our ability to access and operate freely around the world.
In testimony supporting his confirmation hearing as CNO, ADM Richardson stated:
“Just as important as any technology, the process by which the Navy develops and
fields new capabilities must become more agile. We must learn and adapt faster.” 1
In the commercial world, new technologies often reach the marketplace in 18 months
or less—much faster than existing Department of Defense acquisition approaches have
historically achieved—and routinely offer performance and functionality that equal
or exceed the capabilities of systems already in use by our warfighters. Moreover,
adversaries no longer feel the pressure to match the United States’ capabilities
plane for plane, ship for ship, or tank for tank, but instead seek opportunities
to employ asymmetric strategies that counter our nation’s strengths, often by leveraging
non-traditional, low-cost, and uncomplicated commercial-off-the-shelf technologies.
If the United States is to continue to lead in the undersea domain it is vital that
we “learn and adapt faster” 1.
Accordingly, this Symposium will highlight:
- Technologies, processes, and threats that challenge the United States’ ability to
operate freely under the sea and around the world;
- Novel concepts, technologies, and capabilities that enable or enhance the inherent
stealth, survivability, and warfighting resilience of the future undersea force;
- Opportunities for industry and government to develop and deliver operationally relevant
technologies and game changing capabilities that can assure the nation’s undiminished
ability to execute critical missions in the presence of Anti-Access/Area Denial
(A2/AD) and tactical threats;
- Innovative strategies, including rapid prototyping and real-world experimentation
processes and techniques, that can be implemented to accelerate the learning cycle
and reduce the time to acquire and deploy new, potentially revolutionary capabilities
to the fleet;
- Relevant and disruptive foreign technologies, systems, and strategies.
Technologies and capabilities developed or under development by foreign countries
or commercial or academic organizations that may threaten U.S. operations from under
the sea. Technical topics sought include: disruptive technologies that could change
the nature of undersea warfare; analytical models of unique foreign undersea technologies;
advancements in foreign submarine sensors, signal processing and A2/AD capabilities
and tactics, including acoustic and non-acoustic; manned and unmanned platform developments,
including UAVs, UUVs, distributed/netted/unattended sensors; foreign submarine weapons;
foreign ASW weapons.
Technologies and future concepts that extend the submarine’s
ability to conduct a full spectrum of independent and coordinated
missions from under the sea through the use of current and planned off-board vehicles,
sensors, payloads and distributed networked systems. Technical topics include planned and
potential Virginia and SSN(X) payloads, including: UUVs, weapons, modular torpedoes, and next-generation sensors
and distributed systems that are deployed in novel, synergistic ways that allow the Submarine
Force to extend its reach and impact across the battlespace. Capabilities that leverage synergy
between future manned submarines and unmanned systems will be considered, particularly those
technologies that offer a cost-effective approach to warfighting. Opportunities to employ
rapid prototyping and real-world experimentation processes to accelerate the learning cycle
and reduce the time to acquire and deploy new, potentially revolutionary capabilities to the
fleet will be explored.
Technologies and future concepts that extend the undersea enterprise’s
ability to conduct full-spectrum ASW and achieve synergy across the Joint
Undersea Warfare community in how it mans, trains, equips and fights. Technical
topics sought include advancements and opportunities to achieve commonality in acoustic
sensors, environmental sensors, tactical situational awareness capabilities, communication,
data sharing, and potential payloads and distributed systems that support undersea dominance
objectives and increase the overall Joint Theater awareness.
New and innovative techniques and processes that allow industry and government organizations to identify,
develop, and deliver operationally relevant technologies and capabilities to the undersea community in a more agile manner.
Implementation strategies and opportunities (e.g., rapid prototyping, real-world experimentation processes and techniques, etc.)
will be explored that accelerate the learning cycle and reduce the time to deliver new, impactful capabilities to the fleet.
Consideration will be given to improved procedures and regulatory approaches that effectively instill innovation within the
acquisition process and leverage experimentation and “build/test/learn quickly” strategies.
Technologies that seek to improve crew effectiveness and quality of life,
and enhance overall operational effectiveness and resilience.
Technical topics sought include those that address resiliency of
submarine systems to cyber-attack; technologies that improve submarine
stealth and survivability; technologies that improve or streamline the
sailor’s ability to fight the ship; technologies that aid employment of
new and existing off-board systems, payloads, and sensors; technologies
that manage tactical risk; approaches to conduct maintenance and control damage;
approaches to effectively train; and technologies to minimize the impact of
manpower-intensive tactical and administrative tasks.
Submitters will be notified of a decision by 1 December 2015.
For additional information concerning Submarine Technology Symposium 2016 please
contact the Program Chair, Mr. Brad Wolf by unclassified email at
1 Defense Science Board Summer Study 2006: 21st Century Strategic Technology Vectors