The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) welcomes your abstract submission for technical presentations and posters at the 2019 Aircraft Survivability Symposium. The theme of this year's conference is Evolving Today’s Force to Dominate Tomorrow’s Threat. These presenters will discuss survivability technologies, survivability sustainment and operations, threats and countermeasures. This symposium will also include warfighter information on survivability effectiveness in today's fight, which will inform solutions for tomorrow’s challenges.


Typically, more abstracts are received than can be accommodated during the two days of general sessions. Submission of an abstract is a professional commitment. 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 clearances for their presentation prior to Friday, October 12, 2019; authors are cautioned to begin the clearance process in a timely manner. All authors will be notified of their abstract selection status by Friday, August 9, 2019. Please email Tatiana Jackson at tjackson@NDIA.org with any questions or concerns.



Abstracts must be submitted online: http://application.ndia.org/abstracts/0940/. All abstracts must be UNCLASSIFIED with unlimited distribution. Deadline to submit is July 18, 2019.



This program will provide a well-balanced range of perspectives from experts in intelligence, acquisition, and technology development from both government and industry. The symposium will provide an opportunity for selected individuals to present--in a SECRET/U.S. ONLY classified environment--on their key topics to a broad audience of influential observers and key decision-makers including practicing engineers, analysts, and evaluators in government and industry.

Presentation abstract submissions are requested to provide an overview of the topic areas described below with emphasis placed on Directed Energy and Hypersonic Weapons, Aircraft Cybersecurity and Cyber Resilience, and Manned/Unmanned Teaming. After review and selection, abstract presenters will be invited to present a 25-minute briefing. Classified presentations discussing related research, technical data, and/or test results are highly encouraged. 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. Each session will conclude with a question-and-answer period to provide attendees the opportunity to interact with the speakers. Although presentations may be classified up to SECRET/U.S. ONLY, abstracts MUST be UNCLASSIFIED


Poster papers should enable the exposition of detailed information that complements the General Session. 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. Both abstracts submission for posters AND final poster papers must be UNCLASSIFIED.


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

Developments in Aircraft Survivability Technologies
• Threat warning and countermeasure developments, techniques, and technologies.
• Advances in the sharing and fusion of Intelligence/Surveillance/Reconnaissance (ISR) and targeting data.
• Cybersecurity/Cyber Resilience: protection of network systems critical to the success of combat aircraft survivability.
• On-board threat information collection, fusion, and automatic response guidance.

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.

Aircraft Survivability-related Program of Record Updates
• UAS programs: Manned/Unmanned Teaming and Novel Approaches to UAS Survivability.
• Future Family of Systems programs and Air Dominance initiatives.
• Fixed and rotary wing program updates.

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

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 and active protection systems.