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, 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.

AGENDA — Day 1 (14 May), Day 2 (15 May), Day 3 (16 May)


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.

Session Descriptions


Registration Fees 2019




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

$800 $875 $850 $925

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

$600 x $600 x

Registration for government employees closed 4/27; contact Walt Jackson to request registration after that date.
Registration for industry and academia closed on Wednesday, May 8, 2019.

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.

2019 Refund Policy — All refund and cancellation requests must be submitted in writing no later than May 8, 2019 by sending an email to Refunds on or before May 8, 2019 will be charged a $50.00 fee. There are no refunds for cancellations after May 8, 2019.

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 8, 2019, 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

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

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

There will be a shuttle service before and after each day’s events serving the Sheraton Columbia Town Center, Homewood Suites (Laurel) and Residence Inn (Maple Lawn).
6:15am Sheraton..6:45 Homewood…6:50 Residence
6:30am………………7:00………………… 7:05
The schedule for the returning shuttles will be printed in the Symposium program.

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

Homewood Suites by Hilton – SOLD OUT
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. For example, the Call for Abstracts for Presentations and Exhibits for the 2019 Submarine Technology Symposium was posted to this website in September and closed on 16 November 2018.