8–10 May 2018
Kossiakoff Center at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Maryland

Call for Technical Briefings

The 2018 AIAA DEFENSE Forum will provide a foundation for continued discussions, technical information exchange, and networking on hot topics within the defense and security industries. Sessions will be held on topics such as cyberspace, hypersonic systems, innovative concepts and emerging technologies, missile defense, robotic and unmanned weapon systems, space defense, strategic and tactical missile systems, targets and countermeasures, weapon systems performance, analysis, modeling and simulation, testing and evaluation. To enable effective discussions and briefings, material presented and discussed during this forum is encouraged to be at the SECRET/U.S. Only clearance level. All attendees and presenters must have a SECRET clearance in order to participate.

Dates to Remember

  • Abstract Submission Open: 19  September 2017         
  • Abstract Submission Close: 6 December 2017          
  • Author Notification Letters Sent: 23 January 2018          
  • Final Presentation Deadline: 25 April 2018

Abstract Submission Requirements

Abstract Submission Instructions

Non-classified abstracts were solicited in the following sessions:

  • Space Systems
  • Strategic Missile Systems - Ground Based (GBSD) & Sea Based Deterrent
  • Computing Systems & Cybersecurity
  • Tactical Missiles
  • Countermeasures
  • System and Decision Analysis for National Security
  • Estimation, Guidance, Navigation and Control
  • Missile Defense
  • Innovative Concepts and Technologies
  • Robotic and Unmanned Weapon Systems
  • Weapon System Operational Performance
  • Weapon System Performance Analysis, Modeling and Simulation
  • Weapon System Test and Evaluation
  • Hypersonic Systems and Technologies
  • Survivability


Space Systems

Please direct questions to Zach Hall at zachary.m.hall10.civ@mail.mil, Uday Shankar at uday.shankar@jhuapl.edu or Karen Barker at barker571@earthlink.net

Space Systems are in the defense news daily, spanning topics from acquisition to user services to resiliency and survivability. Space systems are the basis for US assured access to space, consisting of launch vehicles, spacecraft, payloads, ground support equipment, launch operations and ranges and test hardware used in ground testing and operations. Space systems also include operations centers to maintain space vehicles or spacecraft on orbit.  With current defense reliance on non-US space systems, and the failures of certified space systems, assured access to space is a growing concern. The size and type of space systems is changing. Space systems require rigorous developmental test and evaluation due to the harsh launch, landing and operational space environment, and must function from the first time to every time called upon. Emphasis is on rapid and effective fielding of space assets and compressed space acquisition cycles.

  • Advanced concepts and game-changing technologies, materials and processes
  • Test and Evaluation of launch and space systems
  • Cybersecurity and legacy systems
  • On-orbit debris, hardening and space system resiliency
  • Assured access and threat detection

Strategic Missile Systems - Ground Based (GBSD)

Strategic Missile Systems - Sea Based Deterrent 

Please direct questions to T.P.Shivananda (Shiva ) at Tumkur.Shivananda@ngc.com

Presentations are solicited for sessions addressing Ground based and Sea based Deterrent Strategic Missile Systems focusing on science and technology in modernization and sustainment of existing weapon systems, lowering life cycle costs and developing new Strategic Systems (GBSD) Challenges include lowering future cost of ownership, increasing safety, security and reliability.  Opportunities and means for common design approaches for solid rocket motors, common missile  electronic  functional architecture and leveraging commercial markets for solid state electronic guidance and control sensors to meet unique strategic requirements .Technical presentations are  solicited for engineering, science & technology developments applicable to ICBMs and SLBMs and  Reentry Vehicles.

  • Design Concepts for Future Strategic Missiles
  • Air Force/Navy Strategic Missiles - Collaboration & Commonality - Guidance, Electronics, Propulsion
  • Technology advancements in thermal protection, propulsion, GNC, sensors and materials/structures
  • Modeling  & Simulation Techniques for  Strategic Missiles  and subsystems
  • Test & Evaluation for Strategic missiles, booster, reentry and subsystems
  • Advanced concepts:  penetration aids, underwater launch, radiation hardening
  • System Enablers for Affordability for Strategic Missiles
  • Aging and Survivalence
  • Weather Effects on Reentry Vehicle Performance
  • ICBM and SLBM Ground and Flight Test Topics

Computing Systems & Cybersecurity

Please direct question to Rick Tuggle  rick.tuggle@peopletec.com

Papers sought on theoretical and practical considerations involving computers, computation, and information processing techniques relevant to aerospace and defense applications, focusing on aerospace computing; cybersecurity; parallel, GPU, multicore and high-performance computing; embedded and autonomous systems; and survivable computing in extreme environments

  • Aerospace Computing Systems
  • Cybersecurity
  • Parallel, GPU, Multicore, and High-Performance Computing
  • Embedded and Autonomous Systems
  • Survivable Computing in Extreme Environments (such as space and high velocity/acceleration)

Tactical Missiles

Please direct questions to Mark Friedlander, mark.friedlander@rocket.com

Papers are solicited on advances in the research, development, test, and evaluation of Joint, Army, Navy, and Air Force tactical missiles. Papers may address components or systems.  Papers are solicited for joint, inter-service sessions on tactical surface-to-surface, air-to-air, and air-to-ground missile systems.   This session is intended to bring together technology developers and customers of all types to share not only new technology developments and results from analysis, simulation, and testing, but also operational lessons learned.   Papers may address systems, subsystems, components, software, or algorithms.            

  • Test:  Missile integration, targeting capabilities,  weapon effectiveness, and lessons learned
  • Advanced materials and manufacturing: Sensors,  embedded diagnostics, additive manufacturing
  • Insensitive Munitions for propulsion and warheads: Design approaches, modeling, and test results
  • Propulsion and GNC: thrust vectoring, pulse motors, controllable solids, sensors, algorithms
  • Modeling, and Simulation:  integration, targeting,  weapon effectiveness, and lessons learned


Please direct questions to Joe McMorrow joseph.a.mcmorrow.civ@mail.mil

Countermeasures can be an integral part of air-, space-, land-, or sea-based platform survivability.  Briefings are sought on countermeasure system performance against threats for systems under development or in operation, new approaches to countermeasure techniques, collection techniques or data on exploited threats, and simulation of the threat performance for analysis or use in hardware-in-loop test environments.

  • Live-Fire Countermeasures Test & Evaluation
  • Current / emerging threat assessments
  • Modeling, simulation, and/or real-time representation of threat system performance and observables
  • Emerging Countermeasures R&D

System and Decision Analysis for National Security

Please direct questions to Jarret Lafleur jarret.lafleur@sandia.gov and Brad Steinfeldt bradley.steinfeldt@sandia.gov

National security decision-makers often turn to systems or decision analyses to help inform their understanding of the costs, risks, and benefits of alternative future options.  With scopes ranging from in-theater operations planning to multi-billion-dollar system acquisition decisions, these analyses typically include some or all of the following basic elements:  definition of objectives, criteria, and metrics; brainstorming, definition, and enumeration of alternative systems or approaches; modeling and evaluation of alternatives against criteria; and conversion of multicriteria analyses into overall alternative evaluations and recommendations.  Tools for accomplishing these tasks are frequently drawn from the field of operations research.  This topic area seeks to bring together systems and decision analysis professionals from throughout the aerospace and defense industry to share insights and expertise gained in the conduct of national security work.  Possible topics include but are not limited to:                     

  • National Security System or Policy Trade Studies
  • Methods and Tools for National Security Systems and Decision Analysis
  • Visualization and Communication of Systems and Decision Analyses
  • Conceptual Design and Evaluation of National Security Systems
  • Risk Analysis for National Security Systems
  • Economic and Resource Analysis for National Security Systems
  • Performance and Capability Analysis for National Security Systems

Estimation, Guidance, Navigation and Control

Please direct questions to Uday J. Shankar  uday.shankar@jhuapl.edu

Estimation, guidance, navigation, and control are important functions in any weapon system. With advances in hardware and algorithms, weapons are able to meet increasingly demanding requirements. We are soliciting briefings describing these advances, improvements to existing systems, field test results, lessons learned, and novel concepts in the general area of estimation, guidance, navigation, and control.                   

  • Estimation, guidance, navigation, and control of aircraft, missiles, spacecraft, and launch vehicles
  • Mini/micro air vehicle control
  • Intelligent and cooperative control in aerospace systems
  • Sensor and actuator systems for guidance, navigation, and control
  • Novel navigation, estimation, and tracking methods

Missile Defense

Please direct questions to Rick Gamble  ricky.gamble.ctr@us.af.mil

DoD missile defense programs are active and/or in development across multiple services.  These programs each must defend U.S assets such as the U.S homeland, overseas defended areas, and a variety of mobile and fixed platforms against a wide range of threats.  Briefings are sought on defensive systems, modeled or measured threat characterization, test and evaluation results, innovative approaches, and target or surrogate systems for ballistic, hypersonic, surface-to-air, and air-to-air missile threats.         

  • Test and Evaluation of missile defense systems
  • Threat ballistic, hypersonic, surface-to-air, or air-to-air missile developments or increased capabilities
  • Development, test, and use of target systems or surrogates
  • Innovative sensors, or exploitation of observables
  • Detection algorithms and discrimination techniques
  • Concepts for next generation missile defense systems
  • Missile defense system test and evaluation of performance and effectiveness

Innovative Concepts and Technologies

Please direct questions to Michael E. White mike.white@jhuapl.edu

Presentations are solicited for a session addressing innovative concepts and technologies that have the potential to provide revolutionary improvement in warfighting capabilites and/or a significant improvement in weapon system affordability.  Innovative systems concepts as well as enabling specific technologies are of interest for generation after next weapon systems.  This call is intended to be broad in nature and include both kinetic and non-kinetic systems and technologies with both offensive and defensive mission applications.  There is particular interest in concepts and technologies that provide asymmetric advantage or offset an adversary's attempt to gain asymmetric advantage.  

  • Advanced concepts and technologies to defeat large raids
  • Techniques to defeat adversary capabilities prior to launch
  • Innovative techniques to dramatically improve weapon system affordability
  • Innovative ways to leverage distributed and autonomous system concepts
  • Integrated hard kill and soft kill techniques for enhanced mission effectiveness
  • Techniques and technologies for persistent ISR for targeting
  • Multi-mission weapon system concepts and applications
  • Multi-source, multi-modality data fusion
  • High-performance, low-cost missile concepts

Robotic and Unmanned Weapon Systems

Please direct questions to Zach Hall at zachary.m.hall10.civ@mail.mil

With the maturing and miniaturization of applicable technologies, autonomous and unmanned systems have new capabilities increasing their popularity within the U.S. military. Robotic, unmanned systems offer affordable, capable fighting machines with less risk to their operators. Applications for these systems include C3, ISR, weapons systems platforms, and ground/air safety. Autonomy enables robot capability to execute tedious and hazardous tasks not specifically planned or designed. Autonomous robots can be tasked when factors are unknown, or when the geological environment cannot be anticipated. Policies and technologies are needed to bind unmanned systems’ operational space; tools and testing are needed to characterize performance limits of capability / robot competence.

  • Test strategies, statistical and mathematical tools to support
  • Concepts for next generation autonomous, unmanned and robotic systems
  • Lightweight electronics and MEMS applications
  • Architecting airspace for CONUS/OCONUS and integration into the National AirSpace (NAS)
  • Novel and creative uses, and examples of successful deployment 

Weapon System Performance Analysis, Modeling and Simulation

Please direct questions to Allison Cash  Allison.cash@peopletec.com

Measurement, analysis, modeling and simulation of weapons system performance is critical to understanding the capabilities and limitations of our defensive systems across the battlespace.  Performance includes accuracy, effectiveness and effects on sensors including lethality, debris, secondary damage and effects, and consequences.  Briefings are solicited for a session highlighting new and innovative analysis techniques, high fidelity and fast-running models, component and system simulations, algorithms, and threat/target modeling techniques.  Systems of interest span kinetic and directed energy weapons across the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Missile Defense Agency.

  • Weapon System Effectiveness and Lethality for Kinetic Energy Weapons
  • New and Innovative Modeling Techniques for First Principle Codes (FPCs)
  • Debris and Post-Intercept Sensor Scene Modeling and Reconstruction
  • Secondary Damage Modeling, Effects and Consequences, Including Casualty Modeling
  • Distributed Architectures and Modeling Joint Operations

Weapon System Test and Evaluation

Please direct questions to Allison Cash allison.cash@peopletec.com

Testing and evaluation, from phenomenology to operational, proves the effectiveness of our weapon systems and anchors our models and simulations.  There have been many recent efforts to modernize testing infrastructures and develop low cost, high value techniques.  This session invites participants in those efforts to highlight their achievements, results and plans by providing presentations highlighting recent test events and development efforts.  Of particular interest are papers discussing new test venues, equipment, techniques, novel instrumentation and data collection methods for flight, ground, arena, gun, wind tunnel and anechoic chamber tests.  Additionally, data management, utilization and performance criteria development are also of interest.

  • New venues, techniques and data acquisition  methods
  • Cooperative Strike and International Programs
  • Flight, Ground and Arena Test Execution and Results
  • Wind Tunnel, Anechoic Chamber, and Other Test Types
  • Evaluation of Results, Criteria Development and Assessment

Hypersonic Systems and Technologies

Please direct questions to Anjaney Kottapalli  anjaney.p.kottapalli@lmco.com

Presentations are solicited for a session addressing hypersonic and high speed flight systems and technologies.  This call is intended to include systems that utilize a significant phase of hypersonic flight within the atmosphere including hypersonic ISR vehicles, hypersonic cruise missiles, gun-launched hypervelocity projectiles and hypersonic boost-glide vehicles.  There is interest in concepts using sustained air-breathing propulsion, rocket-boosted vehicles with significant unpowered glide capabilities, and innovative hybrid propulsion systems.  There is particular interest in key enabling air vehicle technologies as well as end-to-end system concepts that bring revolutionary military capabilities to the warfighter and the enabling technologies necessary for mission success with high speed systems.   

  • Hypersonic Propulsion
  • High Temperature Materials and Affordable Manufacturing
  • Advanced Flight Control and Trajectory Optimization
  • Seeker and Targeting Technologies for High Speed Strike Weapons
  • Hypersonic Flight Vehicle Design and System Concept Studies
  • Innovative Techniques for Defending Against Adversary Hypersonic System Capabilities
  • Subsystem Development for Hypersonic Vehicles
  • Ground Testing and Flight Testing of Hypersonic Systems


Please direct questions to Steven Broussard   steven.r.broussard@boeing.com

The SURTC promotes the development of survivability as a design discipline, seeking articles addressing: (i) susceptibility, i.e., the inability to avoid a man-made hostile mission environment, (ii) vulnerability, i.e., the inability to withstand a natural or man-made hostile environment, and (iii) recoverability, i.e., the long-term post-hit effects, damage control and firefighting, capability restoration or (in extremis) escape and evacuation ability.
Of particular interest are topics addressing materials used to enhance survivability for air and space systems.  Articles of interest should focus on the following high level topic areas (bulletized list below):  Survivability test and evaluation, survivability enhancement techniques, survivability modeling and simulation, and one special session - materials for survivability.

  • Survivability through Structural Systems, Adaptive Structural systems, resilient materials
  • Crashworthiness, damage assessment and repair, live fire test and evaluation
  • Orbital debris avoidance and protection
  • Laser and Directed Energy Survivability
  • Vulnerability reduction through damage tolerance, or design configuration



Abstracts for this forum must be UNCLASSIFIED and cleared for public release with unlimited distribution.

All authors must first receive publication approval from their companies and/or sponsoring agencies before submitting their abstracts.

All abstracts submitted to AIAA Forums must meet the following minimum requirements in order to be considered for acceptance to the event:

  • Abstracts are being accepted to this Forum for the following presentation types: Oral Presentation.
  • The format must be an extended abstract with a minimum of 500 words.
  • The submission must include sufficient detail to demonstrate the purpose of the presentation, as well as as much of the following that can be included in a public release abstract: the technical foundation for the topics to be discussed, any preliminary results to date, and the expected results of the final presentation, including key figures, equations, tables, and references, as appropriate. Sufficient information must be included in the submission to convince the Forum organizers and reviewers that the author(s) will have a strong likelihood of completing the final presentation by the final presentation submission deadline.
  • Please Note: Exceptions to the abstract submission requirements may be considered by the Forum Technical Program Chair. Please email Allison Cash.

Since the forum will be conducted in a SECRET/U.S. ONLY environment, authors are strongly encouraged to develop CLASSIFIED presentations (up to the level of SECRET/U.S. ONLY) to promote understanding and active discussion across topic areas. Please indicate the intended classification level of your presentation in the abstract. Presentations may not include classified RD, COMSEC, or NATO information.

Abstract Submission Instructions 

Abstract submissions will be accepted electronically beginning 19 September 2017 through the AIAA Forum website at www.aiaa-defense.org via ScholarOne Abstracts. The deadline for receipt of abstracts via electronic submittal is 6 December 2017, 2000 hrs Eastern Time Zone, USA.

The electronic submission process is as follows:

  1. Click the “Submit A Paper” button on the AIAA DEFENSE 2018 website.
    • You must be logged into AIAA to submit your abstract, so you will be prompted to log in if you have not already done so.
    • If you do not have an account with AIAA you may create one from this page. You do not need to become a member of AIAA, and there is no fee to create an account.
  2. After completing your AIAA login, the ScholarOne Abstracts site will open.
  3. Click the Submission tab at the top of the page.
    • First, please review the general information about the conference’s abstract submission requirements and policies.
    • To begin your submission, click the “Create a New Submission” link on the left menu. PLEASE NOTE: If you have previously visited the site and begun a draft submission, you may complete it by choosing "Edit Draft" from the dropdown box under "Take Action" in the Drafts table.
    • You must complete all five submission steps in order for your submission to be eligible for consideration for the conference. Detailed instructions for completing each step are posted within the ScholarOne site. Please read and follow all directions. At step 5, you must click the "Submit" button. All completed submissions will be confirmed by email.

Special Notes:

  1. Once the abstract submission deadline has passed, authors will no longer be able to submit new submissions or return previous submissions to draft for revisions to the submitted abstract, the author string, or any other submission details. Please carefully proof your submission before the deadline.
  2. If your submission is accepted for presentation at the conference, the author designated as the presenter will be the only author with access to submit the final presentation.

Authors having trouble submitting abstracts electronically should contact ScholarOne Technical Support at ts.acsupport@thomson.com, 434.964.4100, or (toll-free, U.S. only) 888.503.1050.

Questions pertaining to the abstract or technical topics should be directed to the session organizer.

Final Presentation Guidelines

A Presenter’s Kit containing detailed instructions and guidelines for submitting presentations will be made available to authors of accepted abstracts. Authors must submit their final briefs directly to Raytheon Company, complete with all approval information, no later than 12 April  2018. Specific instructions for submitting classified and unclassified technical briefings will be sent in early 2017.

"No Presentation, No Podium" and "No Podium, No Presentation" Policies

If a written presentation is not submitted by the final presentation deadline, authors will not be permitted to present at the conference. It is the responsibility of those authors whose presentations are accepted to ensure that a representative attends the conference to present.

WARNING: Technology Transfer Considerations

Prospective authors are reminded that technology transfer guidelines have considerably extended the time required for review of abstracts and completed presentations by U.S. government agencies. Internal (company) plus external (government) reviews can consume 16 weeks or more. Government review if required is the responsibility of the author. Authors should determine the extent of approval necessary early in the presentation preparation process to preclude withdrawals and late submissions. The conference technical committee will assume that all abstracts and presentations are appropriately cleared.


Dates to Remember

  • Open for Abstract: 19 Sep 2017
  • Abstract Deadline: 06 Dec 2017
  • Early Bird Reg Deadline: 29 Apr 2018
  • Cancellation Deadline: 29 Apr 2018

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