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



CLICK HERE to access the Abstract Submission form.  Deadline for submissions is 3 December 2021 EXTENDED TO 20 DECEMBER 2021.


STS 2022 Theme: “Present and Postured for Strategic Competition”
The US is in midst of a strategic competition that will endure for the foreseeable future.   To help the world avoid a great power war, undersea forces must do their part to deter the outbreak of one by demonstrating to adversaries that they cannot use force to achieve political objectives without incurring great risks and suffering great costs.  Short of great power war, undersea forces must also be able to contribute to those areas where day-to-day strategic competition is already underway.  To accomplish this, our undersea forces must have the readiness and force-generation ability to be present, and the capabilities and lethality that postures them to assure execution and provide the needed deterrence and effects far forward.  The undersea forces must be prepared to fast-track technologies and innovation for the near-term, while at the same time preparing the undersea force of the future.

We invite you to the 2022 Submarine Technology Symposium with the theme of “Present and Postured Strategic Competition,” as covered in the following sessions:​

Session One: Capacity and Capability for the Near-Term Fight

Theory of the fight, and how USW forces fit in
Fast-track technologies and innovation for the near-term fight
Increasing asymmetric advantages
Adversary USW systems – sensors, targeting, UUVs, and weapons
Employment of the Aggressor Squadron to improve warfighting performance

Session Two: Undersea Warfare in the Joint Fight

Undersea forces in Distributed Maritime Operations
Decision superiority and Joint All Domain C2 on submarines
How SSN(X) could influence future submarine CONOPS
Technologies to enhance coordination with allies
The synergy of manned/unmanned teaming

Session Three: Effects Far Forward

Expanding the reach and lethality of undersea kinetic weapons
Non-kinetic effects/lethality (e.g. offensive EW and cyber)
Acoustic Superiority, including in a contested and/or active sonar threat environment
Concepts and technologies for SSN(X)
Effects only possible with unmanned systems

Session Four: Assured Execution

Undetectable SSBNs/NC3
Periscope depth equivalent ops from deep, both sensors and communications
GPS and Communications denied environments
Next Generation Tactical Communications and CANES integration into submarines
Innovations to meet future challenges of Construction/Sustainment/Logistics
Rapid force generation concepts
Maintenance impacts on availability and force structure

Session Five: Undersea Capabilities for the Navy and the Nation

Countering the long range land attack submarine threat
Defending distributed maritime operations from undersea threats
Subsea and Seabed Warfare (SSW) and seabed defensive concepts
Deception and Denial concepts
Understanding and exploiting the environment
Practical application of AI/ML to USW




2022 Session Descriptions

Click here for 2022 SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

2021 Agenda provided here for reference only

2021 Registration Fees provided for reference only



Industry/Contractors and Academia

$1100 x $1200 x

U.S. Government (not contractors): Active Duty Military and Government Civilians

$700 x $700 x

2021 Refund Policy — All refund and cancellation requests must be submitted in writing no later than 9 July 2021 by sending an email to Refunds on or before 9 July 2021 will be charged a $50.00 fee. There are no refunds for cancellations after 9 July 2021.

About the 2021 DVDs – The $250 technical DVD will be at the SECRET/NOFORN level, with PPTX files from the technical presentations and some papers in PDF format.
The 2021 Submarine Technology Symposium Proceedings (classified technical presentations) will be available free on SIPRNET.

To purchase a classified DVD, use the button 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.


The $100 unclassified DVD of some keynote speakers is in MP4 format.  The DVD includes Mr. Jay Stefany [Acting ASN(RD&A)], Mr. Ron O’Rourke, Representative Joe Courtney, and VADM William Galinis.  To purchase the unclassified DVD, use the button below.


2021 Clearance Requirement provided for reference only

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 Monday 12 July, via the Defense Information System for Security (DISS has replaced JPAS) to SMO code 888984.  POC for the DISS form is Andrea Bennett at 240-228-4275.
Indicate that the visit is for “Submarine Technology Symposium” with event dates July 20-22, 2021.  (If you are a speaker attending the run-through on July 19, request event dates July 19-22, 2021.)
Direct questions to JHU/APL Visitor control at 240-228-5661.

U.S. Government / Military Quota Control

The number of government/military personnel who can attend is limited and will be by individual invitation.  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
Click here to view parking information for the event.

Hotel Information

TBD – Will be posted when available