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duty or civilian, please contact LCDR Bob Good, the COMSUBFOR quota control manager, at 757-836-1969, or
. You do not need to submit a separate DON/AA request to attend this conference.
Please read the DoN/AA approval memo on this page.
The Kossiakoff Conference and Education Center, The Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory, 11100 Johns Hopkins Road, Laurel, Maryland
Technological Innovation to Influence Offensive Operations
Today’s Submarine Force is expected to sustain forward undersea dominance through the execution of national
and theater level tasking that require submarines to gain and maintain access to denied areas. While non-organic resources may
support such operations in peacetime, these resources may become unavailable beyond Phase 0-1. The Submarine Force must be
capable of developing off-board organic submarine capabilities to meet new and emerging missions that require independent
operations. Technology offers an unparalleled opportunity for the submarine to expand the awareness of its environment
(near and distant) and threats (immediate and mounting) while effectively balancing stealth with the delivery of lethal
and non-lethal payloads across the Continuum of Military Operations (Phases 0-5).
Accordingly, this Symposium will highlight:
- Innovation that enables independent theater operations focusing on a submarine’s stealth, survivability, and mission effectiveness using weapons and sensors that support execution of the Navy’s missions regardless of threat capabilities that attempt to deny access and the ability to operate;
- Increased and improved capabilities that maximize crew effectiveness; and
- Relevant foreign technologies and systems.
Technical topics sought include those that leverage novel methodologies, like “design thinking” used in the successful Tactical
Advancement for the Next Generation (TANG) project, to improve or streamline the sailor’s ability to fight the ship, control
damage, effectively train, conduct maintenance and minimize the impact of necessary but manpower intensive “under the hood”
processes such as security and quality assurance.
Technologies that extend the submarine’s capabilities to conduct asymmetric operations, irregular warfare and support Special Operating
Forces (SOF). Technical topics sought include advancements in Information Operations (IO), combat submersibles, payloads/weapons,
and unmanned vehicles that support irregular warfare or SOF-directed information/cyber attack, surveillance, call for fire support,
Technologies that extend the sensing of the undersea environment and improve communications through new or improved organic sensors,
signal processing, and electronics. Technical topics sought include advanced signal processing, cybersecurity and information assurance
of communications and the Submarine Warfare Federated Tactical System (SWFTS), next generation sensors, improvements to ARCI, BYG-1,
and Integrated Submarine Imaging System (ISIS), defensive electronic warfare systems, communications systems, and navigation systems.
Technologies that increase the submarine’s off-board organic reach to deliver effects throughout the Continuum of Military Operations.
Technical topics sought include non-lethal weapons, directed energy weapons, modular torpedoes and variants, payloads that succeed in
an A2/AD environment, unmanned air and undersea vehicle systems applications, distributed netted sensors, offensive electronic warfare
systems, innovation for current in-service weapons, and novel techniques to increase payload that expand a submarine’s influence in sea
control, fire support, strike, cyber warfare, and surveillance.
Foreign technologies (developed or developmental) that may threaten or enhance US submarine operations. Technical topics sought include
models of unique foreign undersea technology, advances in foreign submarine sensors and processing, unmanned platform developments
including UAVs, UUVs, distributed/netted/unattended sensors, foreign submarine weapons, and foreign ASW weapons.