SYMPOSIUM LOCATION: 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).

Theme: Delivering a Spectrum of Effects from Under the Sea

Undersea Forces enjoy key attributes - stealth, technological advancement, highly trained crews - that "permit operational, deterrent, and combat effects that the Navy and the Nation could not otherwise achieve... These effects may be delivered within the undersea domain or across domain boundaries; they may be delivered from submarines far-forward or in broad ocean areas; they may be the result of carefully coordinated operations with other forces or achieved by independent operations; and they may be accomplished in peacetime, a time of tension or during conflict" (2015 COMSUBFOR Commander's Intent).

The vision for STS 2017 is to focus on the advances that are necessary to meet this more challenging Commander's Intent: to enable discussion of innovative and critical technologies that expand undersea capabilities to achieve missions across this spectrum of effects, with specific emphasis given to the technology's relationship to the mission. Addressing this more challenging Commander's Intent will also help inform the Undersea Community regarding the move to domain effects from advanced platform capabilities, advanced payloads and off-board systems.

In keeping with the theme above, sessions are aligned with submarine missions.

Session 1: Undersea Based Deterrence

Session Chair: Bob Bacon, Draper
Assistant Session Chair: Alex Edsall, Draper
Technologies, future concepts and CONOPs that capitalize on undersea advantages to provide a survivable strategic deterrent and a robust conventional capability to deter both nuclear and conventional conflict, as well as adversary technologies that may present potential challenges to this mission. Topics sought include: follow-on strategic platforms and weapons systems; new/modified payloads to execute current or new strategic missions; advanced mission planning capabilities; delivery systems; strategic weapon support; enhancing submarine stealth; strategic weapon delivery; strategic weapon testing; submarine design; nuclear weapon security; safe and secure communications; targeting/retargeting; operations/tactics; reducing maintenance requirements and costs; innovative uses for modeling and simulation to lower costs and expedite fleet production; methods to produce mission kills through non-lethal means; leveraging the seabed to support the strategic mission; influencing and exploiting adversary cyberspace and the EM environment from undersea; future role for unmanned systems.
Session 2: Vital Intelligence

Session Chair: Dave Pistacchio, NUWC
Assistant Session Chair: George Zvara, NUWC
Technologies, future concepts, and processing innovations that improve submarine intelligence collection and expand the exquisite understanding of the adversary and battlespace, as well as technologies that may present potential challenges to this mission. Includes technical topics related to: advanced sensors; innovation to address the balance between covertness and collection; high bandwidth comms; rapid bottom survey; advanced payloads; data fusion and integration to counter A2/AD capabilities; assured access; providing anticipatory capability in critical areas; improved planning tools and processes; near-shore and shallow water sensors and vehicles; collection capabilities for next generation attack submarines; reducing maintenance requirements and costs; innovative uses for modeling and simulation to lower costs and expedite fleet production; methods to produce mission kills through non-lethal means; leveraging the seabed; influencing and exploiting adversary cyberspace and the EM environment from undersea platforms; future role for unmanned systems.
Session 3: Seabed Warfare

Session Chair: Pierre Corriveau, Raytheon
Assistant Session Chair: Louis DiPalma, Raytheon
Technologies and future concepts that expand the US ability to exploit seabed topography, infrastructure, and obscurity, as well as adversary technologies that may have the potential to challenge that mission. Technical topics sought include: undersea infrastructure warfighting concepts; deployed and fixed sensors; future submarine designs for seabed interface; capabilities that facilitate time-critical targeting and/or strike for integrated fires; non-kinetic mine payloads; defense of critical undersea infrastructure; underwater data and power transfer and generation; unmanned and autonomous undersea vehicles; diving operations, ocean observing systems; reducing maintenance requirements and costs; innovative uses for modeling and simulation to lower costs and expedite fleet production; methods to produce mission kills through non-lethal means; influencing and exploiting adversary cyberspace and the EM environment from the seabed platforms.
Session 4: Sea Control

Session Chair: Giles Gibson, JHU/APL
Assistant Session Chair: Justin Morrison, JHU/APL
Innovative technologies to: improve submarine search, detection, classification, approach and engagement, of adversary submarines and surface ships, enhance protection of sea lines of communications and maneuvering space and denial of same to the enemy, as well as adversary technologies that may present potential challenges to this mission. Technical topics sought include: advanced ASW, ASuW and AAW weapons; advanced sensors; SSN(X) design requirements; over-the-horizon targeting; improved stealth; enhanced situational awareness; tactical decision aids; cooperative engagement; communications; tactical training; mining and mine countermeasures; reducing maintenance requirements and costs; innovative uses for modeling and simulation to lower costs and expedite fleet production; methods to produce mission kills through non-lethal means; leveraging the seabed; influencing and exploiting adversary cyberspace and the EM environment from undersea platforms; future role for unmanned systems.
Session 5: Effects Ashore

Session Chair: Karl Hasslinger, GD-EB
Assistant Session Chair: Jennifer Panosky, GD-EB
Innovative technologies that improve submarine operations and mission execution in shallow water and close proximity to land. Includes technical topics related to: Strike; Operations with Special Forces; non-kinetic attacks on enemy infrastructure; precision navigation and other operations in GPS denied environs; contact management; low probability of detection communications; and exploitation of the environmental conditions in the littorals; design considerations for SSN(X); reducing maintenance requirements and costs; innovative uses for modeling and simulation to lower costs and expedite fleet production; methods to produce mission kills through non-lethal means; leveraging the seabed; influencing and exploiting adversary cyberspace and the EM environment from undersea platforms; future role for unmanned systems.




For additional information concerning Submarine Technology Symposium 2017 please contact the Program Chair, Ms. Angela Sarich by unclassified email at Angela.Sarich@jhuapl.edu