STS is the NSL’s classified (SECRET/NOFORN) three-day conference   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, government, 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.


STS 2020 Theme: “A Vision to Dominate Future Competition with Precision Effects from the Undersea Domain”
The threat to maintaining undersea superiority is more critical than ever as we have entered an era of Great Power Competition. Our adversaries are disparate, geographically dispersed and aggressively advancing technology to neutralize our advantages. At home, we face pressure to build a superior fleet in a fiscally responsible manner to combat an uncertain future – or risk that it may not be built at all. Our dominance of the undersea domain today is due to the bold and innovative technological advances within our submarine fleet that were rapidly enabled by disciplined system engineering to deter the enemies of freedom worldwide. Courageous integration of nuclear power and strategic weaponry on impossibly short time frames made the submarine fleet the Navy’s “game changer” and U.S. undersea superiority became the exemplar for maintaining peace through strength in the Cold and Post-Cold War Eras. Dominating future competition requires us to again embrace innovation in technology, operational employment, and process – but this time by aligning behind a vision of domain centric vice platform centric warfare. The fight of the future will require integrated effects from manned and unmanned platforms as well as autonomous undersea capabilities. This symposium challenges the Submarine Community to use its legacy of innovation to execute this vision while upholding the finest traditions of “The Silent Service”.


AGENDA (2019 Sessions provided for example)Day 1 (14 May), Day 2 (15 May), Day 3 (16 May)

Registration Fees 2020 – registration deadlines will be updated soon



Industry/Contractors and Academia
Regular Attendee
Regular Exhibitor (non-government)

$810 $890 $910 $990

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

$600 x $600 x

The registration closing date for government employees will be Wednesday 22 April. For government registration, contact Quota Control.
The registration closing date for industry and academia will be announced when registration reaches capacity.

The registration fee includes Tuesday breakfast and lunch; Wednesday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; and Thursday breakfast.  As part of the program, there are speakers at the lunches and dinner.

2020 Refund Policy — All refund and cancellation requests must be submitted in writing no later than May 6, 2020 by sending an email to Refunds on or before May 6, 2020 will be charged a $50.00 fee. There are no refunds for cancellations after May 6, 2020.

Clearance Requirement

Department of Defense clearance at SECRET/NOFORN or above level REQUIRED. Classified Visit Requests must be submitted to the JHU/APL Visitor Control Office by May 6, 2020, using either JPAS (SMO code 888984) or Fax 240-228-6400, and indicate that the visit request is for “Submarine Technology Symposium.” Direct questions to JHU/APL Visitor Control at 240-228-5661.

U.S. Government / Military Quota Control

BEFORE registering, all U.S. military and DoD civilian attendees must contact Walter Jackson (COMSUBFOR quota control manager) at 757-836-4713 or (cc:

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

The official hotels for the Submarine Technology Symposium are the Sheraton Columbia Town Center and Homewood Suites (Laurel).

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


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 2020 (STS 2020). 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.  Presenters accepted for the Symposium will have the option, but not a requirement, to provide a paper to be published in the Proceedings.  THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING ABSTRACTS IS 8 NOVEMBER 2019.  EXTENDED TO 25 NOVEMBER 2019.  NOW CLOSED  Look for the Call for Abstracts for STS 2021 to be issued in September 2020.