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.
Save the date: May 14-16, 2019 — 2018 Information is provided below for informational purposes only.

2018 Sessions
2018 Sponsorship Information

2018 Agenda / Exhibits / Alternate Papers
2018 Registration Info
2018 Clearance Information
Local Accommodations
2018 Information for Speakers
Points of Contact

2018 Theme: Designing the Undersea Force of the Future

Our undersea forces provide critical access and persistence in an increasingly contested operating environment. As discussed at STS 2017, undersea forces utilize this access to deliver a spectrum of effects from under the sea; effects that may be delivered within the undersea domain or across domain boundaries. STS 2018 will focus on the necessary advances to design the undersea force of the future. The sessions are structured to evoke discussion about the envisioned employment of the fleet of submarines in a wide range of missions and warfare areas. The sessions provide the opportunity to discuss the design of the next generation submarines, the technology advances required for critical enablers to the undersea force as part of distributed warfare operations, and the technology advances to disrupt and outpace the adversary. Submarine leadership is present throughout STS and welcomes this opportunity for debate and dialog in this time of unprecedented opportunity in the design of future submarines and undersea systems.

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  

Agenda / Exhibits / Alternate Papers

The 2018 Submarine Technology Symposium occurs over at three day period.




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 includes 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.

Refund Policy – A late fee applies after April 24, 2018. All refund and cancellation requests must 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 will be charged a $50.00 fee. There will be no refunds for cancellations after May 11, 2018.

Registration is now closed.

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 Friday 11 May, using either JPAS (SMO code 888984) or Fax 240-228-6400. Indicate 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

Abstracts/Displays 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.
2018 Abstract/Display Info