The Aircraft Survivability Symposium provides an opportunity to present on key survivability topics in a SECRET/U.S. ONLY classified environment, to an audience of influential observers and key decision-makers from government and industry. Presenters (both technical brief and poster presenters) will receive a reduced registration fee.

The abstract submission deadline has passed and abstracts are no longer being accepted.

Technical Briefs

Presenters whose abstracts are selected are asked to present a twenty five (25) minute briefing. Classified presentations discussing related research, technical data and/or test results are highly encouraged (see Focus Areas section below). Only a presentation is required; no accompanying written paper is necessary as all presentations and Speaker remarks will be under a strict “not for attribution” ground rule to promote candid and informative communication among the attendees. Presentation abstract submissions are requested to provide an overview of the topic area and presentation content.

Poster Papers

Poster papers should enable exposition of detailed information that compliments the General Session (see Focus Areas section below). These papers will also provide the opportunity for one-on-one discussions outside of the event auditorium. The Planning Committee will evaluate all poster papers, and the top paper will be acknowledged during the Symposium. Abstracts for poster papers are to be submitted in the same format as technical presentation abstracts. Authors may also submit their poster paper abstracts for consideration as a General Session presentation.

Submission Instructions

Abstracts for technical briefs and poster papers must be submitted via the NDIA online abstract submittal webpage.

Deadline for abstract submissions: Friday, August 10, 2018.

  • Abstracts must be in text format; no graphics or pictures. 
  • A maximum of 5,000 characters are allowed. 
  • Abstracts should be sufficient to provide the Selection Committee with a comprehensive understanding of your presentation/poster paper. 
  • Although presentations may be classified up to SECRET/U.S. ONLY, abstracts MUST be UNCLASSIFIED. Please complete all portions of the abstract submittal page. 
  • If you are submitting an abstract for a poster paper only, please indicate so within the abstract.

Typically, more abstracts are received than can be accommodated. All authors will be notified of their abstract selection status by late August. If the abstract is accepted, the author commits to attend the event and make a presentation based on the material submitted in the abstract. If an author finds that he or she will be unable to make the presentation, then it is incumbent upon him or her to find a substitute presenter. If the abstract is not accepted for oral presentation, it may be accepted for presentation as a poster paper. For all presentations, authors are responsible for obtaining appropriate approvals for their presentation prior to the submission deadline of October 19; authors are cautioned to begin the clearance process in a timely manner. 

Focus Areas

Department of Defense Perspectives & Strategies

  • Force modernization versus readiness levels 
  • Persistent permissive and/or anti-access/area denial gaps 
  • Fixed wing and rotary wing capability gaps 
  • Next generation technology investments

Future Threat Trends 

  • IADS trends: digital signal processing, electronic protection, passive/multi-static sensors 
  • SAM trends: mobility, lethality, EMCON, decoys, passive/asymmetric kill chains 
  • Future Fighter Threat: signature, sensors, weapons and electronic attack 
  • Communications, data links and GPS jamming trends

Combat Lessons Learned 

  • Lessons learned on the survivability of today’s manned and unmanned aircraft in combat 
  • Development of new tactics, techniques and procedures by weapons schools 
  • Analyses of threat weapons engagements and combat damage events

Aircraft Survivability-Related Program of Record Updates

  • UAS programs 
  • Future Family of Systems programs and Air Dominance initiatives 
  • Fixed and rotary wing program updates 
  • High Value Airborne Asset (HVAA) program updates

Developments in Aircraft Survivability Technologies

  • Early warning, countermeasures and counter-countermeasures developments, techniques and technologies 
  • Advances in sharing and fusion of Intelligence/Surveillance/Reconnaissance (ISR) and targeting data 
  • Protection of network systems critical to the success of combat aircraft survivability 
  • On-board threat information collection, fusion and automatic response guidance

Aircraft Survivability-Related Trade Studies & Analyses

  • Effective and affordable survivability development and advances across services and platforms 
  • Vehicle signature reduction technologies across the spectrum: RF, IR, acoustic, visual and electrical emissions 
  • Developmental, operational and live fire testing against conventional and emerging threats 
  • Testing and integration of hostile fire indication system