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/NoFORN clearance level. All attendees and presenters must have a final SECRET clearance or higher in order to participate. 

Dates to Remember

  • Abstract Submission Open: 19 September 2017         
  • Abstract Submission Close: 30 November 2017          
  • Author Notification Letters Sent: 23 January 2018          
  • Final Presentation Deadline: 18 April 2018

Manaage Submissions

Abstract Submission Policies Abstract Submission Procedures Abstract Submission Requirements

Non-classified abstracts are solicited in the following topics:

Go to: Advanced Prototypes
Go to: Computing Systems & Cybersecurity
Go to: Countermeasures
Go to: Directed Energy Weapons
Go to: Estimation, Guidance, Navigation and Control
Go to: Hypersonic Systems and Technologies
Go to: Innovative Concepts and Technologies
Go to: Missile Defense   
Go to: Modeling and Simulation of Warhead Effects      
Go to: Robotic and Unmanned Weapon Systems
Go to: Space Systems
Go to: Strategic Missile Systems-Ground Based & Sea Based Deterrent
Go to: Survivability
Go to: System and Decision Analysis for National Security
Go to: Tactical Missiles
Go to: Weapon Systems Performance Analysis, Modeling and Simulation
Go to: Weapon Systems Test and Evaluation

Advanced Prototypes

Please direct questions to Andrea Dalton.

Innovative engineering solutions are necessary to field advanced systems which provide the DoD with new or improved capabilities in challenging mission spaces. New approaches to thermal management, structural or aerodynamic design, power and control devices, optics, manufacturing processes, and in other areas make conceptual systems a reality. Briefings are solicited for a session highlighting hardware; the engineering, manufacturing, and assembly challenges associated with building and fielding advanced prototypes for areas of interest to the DoD.

  • Implementation of novel technology and hardware to enable new DoD capabilities
  • Innovative manufacturing processes
  • Engineering trades required to produce a fieldable system
  • Low-Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) multifunctional components
  • Hardware design, build, and test challenges and successes

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Computing Systems & Cybersecurity

Please direct question to Rick Tuggle.

Presentations are sought on theoretical and practical considerations involving computers, computation, and information processing techniques relevant to aerospace and defense applications, focusing on aerospace computing; cybersecurity to include information assurance, program protection, & risk management; parallel, GPU, multicore and high-performance computing; embedded and autonomous systems; and survivable computing in extreme environments.

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

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Please direct questions to Joe McMorrow.

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

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Directed Energy Weapons

Please direct questions to Mark Neice.

Contributions are solicited for presentation with a primary interest in topics that support a system level view of Directed Energy Weapons (DEW) and activities that support the transition of DEW system, sub-system, or technology toward an operational system. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Demonstration or experiment status and the technology transition plan
  • Lesson learned either past or present about the policy, engineering, and/or acquisition challenges of developing the DEW
  • System operational requirements including weapon system performance, effectiveness, interoperability, deconfliction/predictive avoidance, fratricide avoidance and how these requirements were developed
  • Concept of operations (CONOPS) development, war-gaming, or studies that survey or support the utility of a DEW & its unique effects
  • Technologies that offer a system level performance advantage such as compact cooling, electrically and/or volume efficient lasers or RF sources, performance enhancing beam control or antenna concepts, mobile power systems, compact beam directors or antennas, or concepts to improve magazine depth

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Estimation, Guidance, Navigation and Control

Please direct questions to Uday J. Shankar.

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

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Hypersonic Systems and Technologies

Please direct questions to Anjaney Kottapalli.

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

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Innovative Concepts and Technologies

Please direct questions to Michael E. White.

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

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Missile Defense

Please direct questions to Rick Gamble.

DoD missile defense programs are active and/or in development across multiple services. Each of these programs 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 warning and tracking capabilities, 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 and warning or tracking systems
  • Detection algorithms and discrimination techniques
  • Concepts for next generation missile defense systems
  • Missile defense system test and evaluation of performance and effectiveness
  • Exploitation of observables

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Modeling and Simulation of Warhead Effects

Please direct questions to Otmar (Nick) Yakaboski.

Advanced modeling and simulation techniques to capture terminal effects from assortment of damage mecahnisms to include blast and fragmentation. A new focus area is the simulation of high-speed and/or hypersonic weapons. Detailed understanding on the role of fuzing and orienting effects on target are considered.

  • Conventional Warheads
  • Arena Testing
  • Effects from high speed impact
  • Damage modeling for CAD based modeling tools
  • Blast Effects

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Robotic and Unmanned Weapon Systems

Please direct questions to Zach Hall.

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

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Space Systems

Please direct questions to Zach Hall.

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

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Strategic Missile Systems—Ground Based and Sea Based Deterrent

Please direct questions to Mark Olmos (Ground Based Missile Systems) and Alexander Edsall (Sea Based Missile Systems)  

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 technical and operational concepts to meet future needs.  Challenges include lowering future cost of ownership, mitigating technology obsolescence and industrial base evolution, providing flexibility and adaptability for long-term effectiveness, and assuring safety, security and reliability.  Technical presentations are solicited for engineering, science & technology developments applicable to fire control and launch systems, missiles, and  reentry vehicles.

  • Design and Operational Concepts for Future Strategic Weapon Systems
  • Concepts to leverage technologies, design approaches, and infrastructure across Weapon Systems
  • Advanced technology for thermal protection, propulsion, avionics, sensors and materials/structures
  • Modeling & Simulation Techniques for Strategic Missiles and subsystems
  • Test & Evaluation for Strategic missiles, booster, reentry and subsystems
  • Advanced concepts, including penetration aids, underwater launch, and radiation hardening
  • Other component technologies for meeting unique strategic requirements
  • System Enablers for Affordability for Strategic Missiles
  • Aging effects, surveillance, and age management
  • Weather Effects on Reentry Vehicle Performance
  • Ground test, flight test, and alternative test methods

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Please direct questions to Steven Broussard.

Presentations are solicited 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, materials, and 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

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System and Decision Analysis for National Security

Please direct questions to Jarret Lafleur and Brad Steinfeldt.

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. These analyses range from in-theater operations planning to multi-billion-dollar system acquisition decisions, and usually include some of the following 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. 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

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Tactical Missiles

Please direct questions to Mark Friedlander.

This topic area 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, and operational lessons learned. Presentations are solicited on advances in the research, development, test, and evaluation of Joint, Army, Navy, and Air Force tactical missiles, and may address components or systems. Presentations are solicited for sessions on tactical surface-to-surface, air-to-air, and air-to-ground missile systems. Presentations may address testing, design, and or analyses of 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

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Weapon Systems Performance Analysis, Modeling and Simulation

Please direct questions to Bob Addis.

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

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Weapon Systems Test and Evaluation

Please direct questions to Bob Addis.

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

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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 18 April  2018. Specific instructions for submitting classified and unclassified technical briefings will be sent in early 2018.

Dates to Remember

  • Cancellation Deadline: 29 Apr 2018

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