STS is a classified (SECRET/NOFORN) three-day conference held at the Kossiakoff Center on the campus of Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (11100 Johns Hopkins Road, Laurel, MD 20723). This is a premier opportunity for Navy leadership, Industry, and Academia to engage in productive technical exchanges. Industry, government, and academia are invited to submit abstracts for presentation.
The on-site format includes selected displays of new technology developments. Speakers generally allow time for Q&A and there are breaks between sessions to foster discussion and networking

STS 2024 Theme: Today’s Competition…Tomorrow’s Fight…

The US undersea force is in the midst of a global competition with both China and Russia.  China continues to outpace the United States as the largest navy in the world, making the Western Pacific and beyond more challenging every day.  Russia continues to prioritize and invest in its undersea forces even while fighting a protracted land war, producing highly capable platforms with the reach to challenge our undersea force and that of our partners in both oceans.  The United States and our partners must be ready for a fight in the near future and must be positioned to win that fight.  Success in today’s competition and tomorrow’s fight will require us to provide our force with the tools and capabilities to expand its reach.  The seabed and subsea domains pose new challenges and our undersea force will be required to operate in those domains more frequently. US and allied undersea forces must be equipped for the challenges and the pace of the fight.  A critical enabler of our force’s success in today’s competition and tomorrow’s fight will be expanding lethality as well as establishing and enforcing access, no matter the theater, no matter the adversary.  Additionally, our strategic forces will play a key role in helping to deter tomorrow’s fight through the transition to COLUMBIA. Finally, our partnerships and alliances in the regions affected by today’s competition and tomorrow’s fight will be critical to our success – the US and our allies must have the tools to enable the collaboration that these partnerships provide.  The undersea force will be the key linchpin to dominating today’s competition in order to win tomorrow’s fight.

With that in mind, we invite you to the 2024 Submarine Technology Symposium with the theme of “Today’s Competition… Tomorrow’s Fight” as covered in the following sessions:

2024 Session Descriptions

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2023 STS


About the 2023 DVDs
– The $250 technical DVD will be at the SECRET/NOFORN level, with PPTX files from the technical presentations.
The 2023 Submarine Technology Symposium Proceedings (classified technical presentations) will be available free on SIPRNET.

To purchase a classified DVD, use the link provided below.  The form requires contact information for your Security POC, the address for receiving classified material, and (if not government) your organization’s Cage Code, as well as a credit or debit card for payment.  The not-for-profit $250 cost will cover secure production and handling requirements in accordance with the National Industrial Security Program.  DO NOT ORDER A CLASSIFIED DVD IF YOUR ORGANIZATION IS NOT CLEARED TO RECEIVE AND HOLD INFORMATION CLASSIFIED SECRET/NOFORN BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE.

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2023 STS Agenda

Click here for a printable version of the STS Program Agenda

2023 Session Descriptions

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2023 Registration Fees – THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT – Registration is closed

2023 Refund Policy —All refund and cancellation requests must be submitted in writing no later than 1 May 2023 by sending an email to Refunds on or before 1 May 2023 will be charged a $50.00 fee. There are no refunds for cancellations after 1 May 2023


2023 Security Clearance/ Visit Request Requirement

Admittance into the Symposium will not be permitted unless a valid DoD clearance is received in advance.
All attendees, including government civilians and Active Duty, must submit a Classified Visit Request to the JHU/APL Visitor Control Office by 1 May 2023, via the Defense Information System for Security to SMO code 888984.
Indicate that the visit is for “Submarine Technology Symposium” with event dates May 9-11, 2023.  (If you are a speaker attending the run-through on May 8 request event dates May 8-11, 2023.)  For the DISS form, technical POC is Andrea Bennett.
Direct questions to JHU/APL Visitor control at 240-228-5661 or

U.S. Government / Military Quota Control

The number of government/military personnel who can attend is limited.  If you wish to attend, send an email request with your name and organization to Tony Bausas at

Dress Code

Active Duty speakers – summer whites
Active Duty attendees – khakis
Civilian attendees – business casual

Address & Parking Information

11100 Johns Hopkins Road, Laurel, MD 20723
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Hotel Information

All hotel rooms have a check-in date of 5/7/23 and a check-out date of 5/11/23.

Residence Inn Fulton at Maple Lawn for 106 USD per night
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Homewood Suites for 106 USD per night
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SpringHill Suites Columbia for 106 USD per night
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Hampton Inn & Suites Columbia South for 106 USD per night
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Call for Abstracts/Displays  CLOSED FOR 2023

For 2024, Submission Deadline November 2023

Commander, Submarine Forces, the Naval Submarine League, and The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory will announce a Call for Abstracts for Presentations and Exhibits for the Submarine Technology Symposium 2024 (STS 2024). Presentations and exhibits will be selected based on technical content and relevance to the Symposium theme and session topics as described below. Please note that classified presentations containing test data and operational results are encouraged. Unclassified abstracts for both presentations and exhibits must be submitted electronically using an online form. To access the abstract submission form and instructions for submission, please go to the link provided here when it is available.