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

Theme: Technological Innovation to Influence Offensive Operations

Description: 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:
  1. 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;
  2. Increased and improved capabilities that maximize crew effectiveness; and
  3. Relevant foreign technologies and systems.
Technical Sessions and Chairs for STS 2014:

Session 1: Improving Capability to Maximize Crew Effectiveness
Chair: CAPT Dave Roberts, USN, Submarine Learning Center
Assistant: Mr. Thomas Wohlgemuth, Submarine Learning Center
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.
Session 2: Submarine Asymmetric Capabilities
Chair: Mr. Dave Bolcar, Newport News Shipbuilding
Assistant: CAPT Dave Knapp, USN (Ret), Newport News Shipbuilding
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, and counter-piracy.
Session 3: Extending Multi-Spectrum Organic Sensors and Processing
Chair: RADM Frank Drennan, USN (Ret), Lockheed Martin
Assistant: CAPT Douglas Prince, USN (Ret), Lockheed Martin
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.
Session 4: Expanding the Submarine’s War-time Tactical Influence
Chair: Dr. Russ Burkhardt, ARL/PSU
Assistant: Ms. Michele Keller, ARL/PSU
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.
Session 5: Rest of World Undersea Technologies
Chair: Mr. Stephen Phillips, JHU/APL
Assistant: Dr. David Van Wie, JHU/APL
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.

For additional information concerning Submarine Technology Symposium 2014 please contact the Program Chair, Mr. Conrad Orloff on (240) 228-6903 or by unclassified email at