Submarine Technology Symposium

STS is the NSL’s classified (SECRET/NOFORN) three-day conference hosted on the campus of Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. This is a premier opportunity for Navy leadership, Industry and academia to engage in productive technical exchanges. Industry and academia are invited to submit abstracts for presentation. There are a few selected displays of new technology developments. Speakers generally allow time for Q&A and there are breaks between sessions to foster discussion and networking. The Call for Abstracts for Presentations and Exhibits is now open and will close on 16 November 2018.


Abstract Deadline Extended to 16 November 2018

Commander, Submarine Forces, the Naval Submarine League and The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory are pleased to announce a Call for Abstracts for Presentations and Exhibits for the Submarine Technology Symposium 2019 (STS 2019). Presentations and exhibits will be selected based on technical content and relevance to the Symposium theme and session topics. Click here for session details and the submission form.



STS 2019 Theme: Expanding the Competitive Space from Undersea

The 2018 COMSUBFOR Commander’s Intent emphasizes the expansion of U.S. undersea superiority as the country enters the new era of multi-polar great power competition described in the National Defense Strategy. Threats are evolving and expanding in at least three world regions, posing substantially different operational demands on the Fleet in peacetime and wartime. New capabilities for denying entry and far-forward operation will place an emphasis on high-end combat in contested blue water with near-peer adversaries. Broadening the submarine force’s warfighting capability can offer a multitude of strategies in this environment that capitalize on the unique access, persistence, and survivability that come with stealth and nuclear power. With the theme of Expanding the Competitive Space Undersea, the 2019 Submarine Technology Symposium will focus on recent technology innovations.


2018 STS Information

The 2018 Information from last year’s STS is provided below for informational purposes only.

2018 Sponsorship Information
2018 Agenda / Exhibits / Alternate Papers
2018 Registration Info
2018 Clearance Information
Local Accommodations

Event Sponsorship
Corporate Members of the Naval Submarine League that are interested in sponsoring the Submarine Technology Symposium can find a list of opportunities here:
2018 Sponsorship Info  

2018 Agenda / Exhibits / Alternate Papers

The 2018 Submarine Technology Symposium occurred over at three day period.
Tuesday 15 May Agenda
Wednesday 16 May Agenda
Thursday 17 May Agenda
Exhibits / Alternate Papers  

2018 Registration



Industry and Academia:
Regular Attendee
Regular Exhibitor (non-government)

$800 $875 $850 $925

U.S. Government:
Active Duty Military Attendee
Government Civilian Attendee
Government Exhibitor

$600 $600 $600 $600

The registration fee included Tuesday breakfast and lunch; Wednesday breakfast, lunch and dinner; and Thursday breakfast.

All U.S. military and DoD civilian attendees must contact LCDR Phil Jones (COMSUBFOR quota control manager) at 757-836-4713 or (cc BEFORE registering.

2018 Refund Policy – A late fee applied after April 24, 2018. All refund and cancellation requests had to be submitted in writing no later than May 11, 2018 by sending an email to or fax to 703-642-5815 Attn: SubTech Symposium. Refunds on or before May 11, 2018 were be charged a $50.00 fee. There were no refunds for cancellations after May 11, 2018.


2018 Clearance Requirement – Department of Defense clearance at SECRET/NOFORN or above level REQUIRED.
Classified Visit Requests had to be submitted to the JHU/APL Visitor Control Office by Friday 11 May 2018, using either JPAS (SMO code 888984) or Fax 240-228-6400, and indicated that the visit request is for “Submarine Technology Symposium.” Direct questions to JHU/APL Visitor Control at 240-228-5661.

Dress Code Business casual for regular attendees. Active duty US Navy speakers are requested to wear Summer Whites; general attendees may wear Service Khaki uniform.

Hotel Information – Discounted group lodging rates will be provided when available.

Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel
10207 Wincopin Circle
Columbia, MD 21044
Phone: (410) 730-3900

Homewood Suites by Hilton
7531 Montpelier Road
Laurel, MD 20723
Phone: (888) 370-0983


The theme of the symposium and a call for papers are announced about 9 months in advance. Abstracts for proposed papers and displays are due about 6 months in advance.
2019 Abstract/Display Info