Dates to Remember

Abstract submission begins:
14 September 2018

Online registration begins: 
2 November 2018

Abstract deadline:
20 November 2018, 2000 hrs Eastern Time Zone, USA

Author notifications sent:
17 January 2019

Early member registration ends: 
16 April 2019

Standard member registration: 

17 April to 9 May 2019

Final presentation deadline:
18 April 2019, 2000 hrs Eastern Time Zone, USA

Onsite registration begins:
7 May 2019

The 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. 
Advanced Prototypes

Please direct questions to: 
Ryan Fontaine, MIT Lincoln Laboratory 

Innovative engineering solutions are necessary to field advanced systems that provide the DoD with new and improved capabilities in both modern and future mission spaces. Novel approaches to thermal management, structural and aerodynamic design, power and control devices, optics, manufacturing processes, and other related areas can help 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 in areas of interest to the DoD. 

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

Please direct question to: 
Rich Pedersen, Lockheed Martin 
Rick Tuggle, PeopleTec

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)
Directed Energy Weapons

Please direct questions to: 
Mark Neice, Directed Energy Professional Society

Directed Energy weapons are emerging for Defense applications. This session will look at DE capabilities that can be implemented in an airborne environment, for both defensive and offensive operations. Counter Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are an area of particular interest.

Estimation, Guidance, Navigation and Control

Please direct questions to: 
Mike McFarland, Raytheon 
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.

Hypersonic Systems and Technologies

Please direct questions to: 
Anjaney Kottapalli, Lockheed Martin Corporation 
James McIntire, MIT Lincoln Laboratory

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.

Innovative Concepts and Technologies

Please direct questions to: 
Michael E. White, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory 

Presentations are solicited for a session addressing innovative concepts and technologies that have the potential to provide revolutionary improvement in warfighting capabilities 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.

Missile Defense

Please direct questions to: 
David Fox, Orbital ATK 
Rick Gamble, QuantiTech Corp.          
Andrea Scouras, MIT Lincoln Laboratory (Chair)       
David Fox, Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems

DoD missile defense programs received continued support and growth in the 2019 approved defense budget. Development of a hypersonic missile defense and renewed study of space-based missile defense platforms are two such examples. Whether exoatmospheric or low-altitude battle-space, each program must defend the U.S homeland, overseas defended areas, and/or a variety of mobile and fixed platforms against a wide range of threats. Briefings are sought on all aspects of the following subtopics:  

  • Boost Phase Defense
  • Deployed System Modernization 
  • Foreign Threat Assessment
  • Hypersonic System Defense
  • Innovative Concepts
  • Surveillance & Tracking
  • Targets and Surrogates
  • Tactical Systems and Defense
Modeling and Simulation of Warhead Effects

Please direct questions to: 
Otmar (Nick) Yakaboski, USAF AFMC 

Advanced modeling and simulation techniques to capture terminal effects from assortment of damage mechanisms 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.

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. 

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.

Strategic Missile Systems—Ground Based and Sea Based Deterrent

Please direct questions to: 
Mark Olmos, Northrop Grumman (Ground Based Missile Systems) 
Alexander Edsall, The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc. (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, diversity, responsiveness, accuracy, and survivability 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.  

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

Please direct questions to: 
Steven Broussard, Boeing  
Andrew Lingenfelter, Air Force Institute of Technology

The Survivability Technical Committee (SURTC) promotes the research and development of new technologies that define the state-of-the-art in survivability. Aerospace survivability is the capability of a system to avoid or withstand a hostile environment (man-made or otherwise). Therefore, the aerospace survivability discipline forms part of the systems engineering process and is affected by all other engineering disciplines, such as materials (e.g., space debris protection), structures (e.g., rugged structure), flight controls (e.g., self-repairing flight controls), aerodynamics (maneuverability/agility), and propulsion (e.g., stealth). The SURTC is looking to the future as game changers emerge and revolutionize the discipline. The Committee is seeking articles that address aerospace system survivability as listed below, with particular interest on advanced materials and structures for survivability.  

  • Joint Session: Materials for Survivability
  • Joint Session: Structures for Survivability
  • Additive Manufacturing and Survivability (e.g., improved/faster battle-damage repairs)
  • Aerospace Survivability and the Cyberspace/Information Domain
  • Aerospace System Safety, Protection, and Health Monitoring
  • Autonomy and Survivability (e.g., survivability of autonomous agents, adaptive survivability)
  • General Survivability
  • Orbital Debris Avoidance and Protection and Space Survivability
  • Survivability against Directed Energy Weapons
  • Survivability Game Changers: Emerging technological solutions that will revolutionize survivability
System and Decision Analysis for National Security

Please direct questions to: 
Jarret Lafleur, Sandia National Laboratories 
Brad Steinfeldt, Sandia National Laboratories

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 multi criteria 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:                    

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

Please direct questions to: 
Mark Friedlander, Aerojet Rocketdyne

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
Weapon System Operational Performance

Please direct questions to: 
Robert Addis, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory       
Allison Cash, PeopleTec 
Timothy Wadhams, CUBRC

Assessing operational performance of weapon systems ensures mission success for the warfighter and cost effectiveness for the DoD.  This topic area focuses on force level, mission level, and weapon system performance assessment.Weapon System Effectiveness and Lethality for Kinetic Energy Weapons

  • Combat modeling, force level, and mission level assessment 
  • Cost and effectiveness assessment 
  • Cost of Weapon System Employment and Ops 
  • Data acquisition and assessment 
  • Direct and Indirect Fire Weapon System Performance 
  • Measured Post-Intercept and/or Impact Debris 
  • New  employment or assessment of weapon systems 
  • Probability of hit & kill
Weapon System Performance Analysis, Modeling and Simulation

Please direct questions to: 
Robert Addis, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory       
Allison Cash, PeopleTec 
Timothy Wadhams, CUBRC

Measurement, analysis, modeling and simulation of weapons system performance is critical to understanding the capabilities and limitations of our defensive systems across the battle-space. 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. 

  • Computational M&S Test Predictions 
  • Debris and Post-Intercept Sensor schene Modeling and Simulation Predictions and Reconstruction 
  • Distributed Architectures and Modeling Joint Operations 
  • M&S Assessments on the Cost of Weapon System Test and Evaluation and Ops 
  • M&S Criteria Development and Predictions 
  • New M&S Codes, Models and Techniques 
  • New and Innovative Modeling Techniques for First Principle Codes (FPCs) 
  • New M&S Employed in the Assessment of Weapon Systems 
  • Risk Reduction Through Weapon System M&S 
  • Secondary Damage Modeling, Effects and Consequences, Including Casulty Modeling 
  • Weapon System Effectiveness M&S of Lethality for Kinetic Energy Weapons 
Weapon Systems Test and Evaluation

Please direct questions to: 
Robert Addis, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory       
Allison Cash, PeopleTec 
Timothy Wadhams, CUBRC

Testing and evaluation, from phenomenology to operational, provides confirmation of 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 technical area 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 and lessons learned are also of interest.   

  • Assessments on the Cost of Weapon System Test and Evaluation 
  • Comparison of  Flight, Ground, and Computation Results 
  • Debris and Post-Intecept Sensor Scene Results and Comparisons 
  • Demonstrated Weapon System Effectiveness and Lethality for Kinetic Energy Weapons 
  • Evaluation of Results, Criteria Development, and Assessment 
  • Flight, Ground, and Computational Test Execution and Results 
  • New Diagnostics Employed in the Assessment of Weapon Systems 
  • New Venues and Testing Techniques 
  • Risk Reduction Through Weapon System Test and Evaluation 
  • Wind Tunnel, Anechoic Chamber, and Other Test Types