SYMPOSIUM LOCATION: The Kossiakoff Conference and Education Center, The Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory, 11100 Johns Hopkins Road, Laurel, Maryland

Theme: Maximizing Influence from Under the Sea

Description: Maximizing influence in the undersea battle space provides the winning edge to our National Security Strategy. Despite the country’s projected resource challenges, we have a huge opportunity to leverage technology that achieves America’s goals and imposes disproportionate cost on potential adversaries. To that end, the Submarine Force is focusing its efforts in the Undersea Dominance Campaign Plan on:
  • Securing the best platforms through modernization and cost effective acquisition in order to preserve our freedom to operate forward.
  • Developing sensors and weapons to extend the reach and impact of our platforms.
  • Beating the adversary’s "system" by overwhelming the anti-submarine A2AD network with cost-imposing denial and deception tools.
  • Defending the Undersea realm against enemy submarines that could threaten our vital assets such as the homeland, SSBNs, and CSGs.
  • Coordinating the alignment of the multiple warfare communities in the way they man, train, equip and fight.
  • Developing a more agile "OPALT" capability to develop and field systems quickly.
The Undersea Warfare Community employs an approach that leverages organic weapons systems, sensors, off-board vehicles, payloads, personnel and tactics to achieve essential warfighting effects.

This shift in focus also includes an emphasis on affordable technology, perhaps even the "80% solutions" that can be rapidly fielded in numbers. Technology offers submarines and operators "game changing" opportunities to expand tactical situational awareness and project power across the continuum of military operations while balancing stealth with the need to deliver lethal and non-lethal payloads.

Accordingly, this Symposium will highlight:
  1. Innovation that enables independent and coordinated theater operations by building on submarines’ inherent stealth, survivability and ability to employ organic weapons systems, sensors, off-board vehicles and payloads to execute critical Navy missions in the presence of A2/AD and tactical threats;
  2. Increased and improved capabilities and operational concepts that maximize crew effectiveness, proficiency and success against a host of current and future mission scenarios;
  3. Technologies and processes that support coordination and alignment of diverse undersea assets, promote projection of power and influence far forward, and shorten the time required to bring operationally relevant systems and technologies to the fleet; and
  4. Relevant and disruptive foreign technologies and systems
2015 Submarine Technology Symposium Sessions

Session 1: Maximizing Platform Capabilities
Chair: Dr. Michael Nord, The Johns Hopkins University / Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL)
Asst: Dr. Kate Frazier, The Johns Hopkins University / Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL)
Technologies and future concepts that extend the submarine’s ability to conduct the full spectrum of independent and coordinated undersea warfare operations while capitalizing on the submarine’s inherent ability to access denied areas, enable follow-on joint force access, project power ashore and assert U.S. sea control will be explored. This includes support of traditional and non-traditional undersea warfare, strike operations, asymmetric operations, irregular warfare, electronic warfare, cyber warfare, and Special Operating Forces (SOF). Technical topics sought include "game changing" advancements and opportunities to employ platforms, next generation sensors, improvements to organic systems that extend the platform’s undersea environmental sensing, warfighting, and tactical situational awareness capabilities, advancements in communications, offensive/defensive electronic warfare systems, imaging, signal processing, submarine navigation, ARCI, BYG-1, Integrated Submarine Imaging System (ISIS) cyber security, information assurance, the Submarine Warfare Federated Tactical System (SWFTS), and directed energy weapons.
Session 2: Technologies for SSN(X)
Chair: Dr. Laura Smith, General Dynamics Electric Boat Corporation (GD-EBC)
Asst: Mr. Timothy Ryan, General Dynamics Electric Boat Corporation (GD-EBC)
Technologies and ship features that allow SSN(X) to operate in future environments and maintain undersea superiority will be explored. Technologies to be considered include those that will enable increased stealth, improved situational awareness, more secure communications, and increased payload (including new mission systems). This session will postulate future environments and suggest capabilities that will be required to allow submarines greater access to denied areas in order to be effective from under the sea. 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 from under the sea. Technologies to reduce the cost of ship construction, life cycle maintenance, and operation will also be explored.
Session 3: Creating Battle Space Effects From Undersea Using Off-board Vehicles, Sensors and Payloads
Chair: Ms. Mary Wohlgemuth, Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport
Asst: Mr. George Zvara, Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport
Technologies will be explored that extend the submarine’s ability to conduct the full spectrum of independent and coordinated undersea warfare operations through the use of off-board vehicles, sensors, payloads and distributed network systems. Technical topics include potential Virginia Payload Module (VPM) and Virginia Payload Tube (VBT) payloads including UUVs, weapons, modular torpedoes and variants, and next generation sensors and distributed systems in novel, synergistic ways that allow the Submarine force to extend its reach and impact the battle space from under the sea.
Session 4: Innovation for Future Submarine Operations
Chair: Dr. Frank Barrett, Naval Postgraduate School
Asst: Mr. Josh Smith, The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL)
Technologies and future concepts will be examined that maximize platform & payload employment, crew effectiveness, resilience, adaptability, proficiency and quality of life. Technical topics sought include those that consider future warfighting concepts and that leverage the "design thinking" methodology – as employed in the Tactical Advancement for the Next Generation (TANG) project – to improve or streamline the sailor’s ability to fight the ship; employ new off-board systems, payloads, and sensors; manage tactical risk; control damage; effectively train; conduct maintenance; and minimize the impact of manpower intensive tactical and administrative tasks.
Session 5: Disruptive Undersea Technologies and Capabilities
Chair: Ms. Emily Medina, Naval Mine and Anti-Submarine Warfare Command (NMAWC)
Asst: John Schuster, The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL)
Technologies (developed or under development by allies and threat countries) that may threaten or enhance U.S. submarine operations, and impact the nation’s ability to operate globally and maintain undersea dominance will be examined. Technical topics sought include models of unique foreign undersea technologies; advancements in foreign submarine sensors, signal processing and A2/AD capabilities and tactics; manned and unmanned platform developments, including UAVs, UUVs, distributed/netted/unattended sensors; foreign submarine weapons; foreign ASW weapons; cost saving opportunities offered by employing existing advanced submarine systems and technologies built by allied countries; and technologies that can be used to thwart or counter foreign threats and tactical capabilities.

For additional information concerning Submarine Technology Symposium 2015 please contact the Program Chair, Mr. Brad Mitchell on (240) 228-8595 or by unclassified email at