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Abstract Deadline: February 15, 2017

JNC Organizers

ION Military Division Chair: Elliott Kaplan, The MITRE Corporation
ION Military Division Vice Chair: John Langer, The Aerospace Corporation

Government Liaisons

Program Chair: Neeraj Pujara, AFRL Sensors Directorate
Program Co-Chair: Greg Graham, U.S. Army AMRDEC
Tutorials Chair: Dr. Thomas Powell, The Aerospace Corporation
Technical Track Chairs:
Jan Anszperger, Draper
John Del Colliano, US Army
Eddy Emile, USAF GPS Directorate
Paul Olson, US Army
Other Members:
Bill Bollwerk, Naval Observatory
Kevin Coggins, US Army
Sharon Donald, Draper
Captain Russell Holmes, USCG NAVCEN
Donald Jewell, Institute for Defense Analysis
Jalal Mapar, DHS Science and Technology Directorate
Joseph Schnecker, USN Space Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific

The Military Division of the Institute of Navigation will host the 2017 Joint Navigation Conference (JNC 2017) for the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security. The theme of this year’s conference will be: Military Navigation Technology: The Foundation for Military Ops.

JNC is the largest U.S. military Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) conference of the year with joint service and government participation. The event will focus on technical advances in PNT with emphasis on joint development, test and support of affordable PNT systems, logistics and integration. From an operational perspective the conference will focus on advances in battlefield applications of GPS; critical strengths and weaknesses of field navigation devices; warfighter PNT requirements and solutions; and navigation warfare.

Conference attendance will be limited to U.S. Government agencies and their contractors. Conference attendance will be screened by the Joint Navigation Warfare Center (JNWC). The unclassified sessions (June 5-7) will be For Official Use Only (FOUO) and the classified sessions (June 8) will require a Secret Clearance. The exhibit hall (June 6-7) will be restricted to U.S. citizens only.

Technical Session Listing

Application/Impact of GPS Technologies in the Homeland Critical Infrastructure
GPS based technologies are now an integral part of the national critical infrastructure. Many of the sectors rely on some aspect of GPS ranging from timing for communication systems to clock synchronization for power transmission in the electrical grid. The wide and growing use of GPS along with potential threats and vulnerabilities to the critical infrastructure such as the electrical grid, communication, transportation, finance, and emerging infrastructure for domestic employment of UAV systems creates a challenge for safeguarding national assets and maintaining homeland security. This session will focus on the use of GPS technologies in the critical infrastructure with emphasis on discussing usage, vulnerabilities, and providing mitigating solutions to safeguards against threats to the critical infrastructure.
Jalal Mapar, DHS Science and Technology Directorate

Atomic Clocks and Timing Applications
Current warfighting systems have become increasingly reliant upon Precise Time and Frequency (PT&F) not only for positioning but for secure communications and computer networking. These needs have been supported by GPS and its timing capabilities and have stimulated the need for alternative and more precise time-keeping systems. This session will address developments in timing applications for military systems and the generation of PT&F to support these applications.
Dr. Tommy Willis, USN Office of Naval Research,

Collaborative Navigation Techniques
As access to networks continues to improve and expand, a great deal of information can be passed or made available that enhances the performance and capabilities of the warfighter in their missions. This topic addresses techniques for exploiting network connectivity to assist and improve navigation and navigation-related solutions. This includes efforts for supplying accurate up-to-date information to navigation processors, sharing of data for relative navigation solutions within a defined group, determining situational awareness for the warfighter, and providing pertinent navigation-related information for missions such as search and rescue, targeting, joint operations, and other applications requiring complex coordination. Of interest are efforts and technologies that support the ability for navigation systems to share information amongst a number of other users, synergistically improving overall performance. This topic also includes the use of network connected devices for navigation such as smartphones, navigation apps, GPS based personal navigation systems with on-line maps, etc.
Mark Smearcheck, AFRL Sensors Directorate

Complementary PNT
Navigation technologies and techniques which replace or supplement traditional GPS/INS solutions for the purpose of overcoming application related challenges including degraded or denied GPS. This includes vision aided navigation, RF-aided navigation and exploitation of naturally occurring signals which would be immune to denial of service by an adversary. Some examples of this include celestial, bathymetric, gravimetric, and other naturally occurring phenomenology. This session is intended to cover both tactical and strategic applications.
Complementary PNT 1: Naturally Occurring Measurement Sources – including gravity, magnetic fields, lightning and celestial navigation such as star trackers and their applications.
Dr. Rachel Dudik, Naval Observatory
Complementary PNT 2: RF Aided (Non-GPS)
Dr. Lin Haas, DARPA
Complementary PNT 3: Vision Aided
Dr. Don Venable, AFRL Sensors Directorate

GPS Constellation Performance
The GPS constellation provides precision navigation to millions of civilian and military users daily. The constellation’s health, availability, accuracy, and overall performance are the focus of the 2nd Space Operations Squadron with support from the GPS Wing. Independent test organizations provide additional insights into how GPS performs to meet unique user needs. This session focuses on the GPS constellation, technologies used to manage the constellation, and looks at future requirements and technologies needed to maintain current and future user needs.
TBD, 2 SOPS Commander
Bill Bollwerk, Naval Observatory

GPS in Military Applications/NAVWAR
Integration of GPS into new and existing military systems; precision weapon delivery and military applications in land, sea, air, and space using GPS; development of new military GPS and auxiliary sensor hardware. The session will include interference and jamming aspects of GNSS from an unclassified perspective.
Patricia Geraci, AFRL Sensors Directorate
Charles Vaughn, Joint Navigation Warfare Center

GPS Modernization
New military capabilities and performance, including integrity and accuracy improvement concepts; modernized space segment, and control segment; new GPS research and development status; impact on future applications.
Capt Travis Freeman, USAF SMC/GPEPN

GPS Pseudolites
GPS pseudolites transmit ranging signals that can be seamlessly received by a receiver without interference with existing GPS signals from space; and provide a tactical signal advantage and in certain applications improved accuracy for users in challenged environments as well as for test and training ranges. Various users being considered include the individual soldiers, ground and aerial platforms, weapon launch and delivery, TSPI, and aircraft landing systems. This topic will cover current technology developments for pseudolite transmitters and receivers, pseudolite command and control systems, pseudolite compatibility within the GPS Modernization program and their planned military and commercial implementations.
Amelia Fortmayer, US Army

Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU)
A review of the latest developments, materials processing, manufacturing technologies, component integrations and applications of IMUs having performance improvements and the potential to yield Size, Weight, Power and Cost (SWAP-C) benefits for our warfighters. Includes device and electronics minimization, new interface standards and algorithms that will enable accuracy improvement. A review of theoretical physical principles and describe new sensing devices that measure and model such phenomena. Advancements leading to extremely precise inertial navigation devices such as cold atom physics.
Virginia Overstreet, US Army
Dr. Robert Lutwak, DARPA

In 2015, Military GPS User Equipment (MGUE) vendors began delivery of initial Increment 1 receivers that are being used for the initial phases of government testing and early platform integration work. This session seeks papers on progress, new developments, and practical experience gained in testing and integration, with a particular emphasis on MGUE Lead Platform integration.
Lt Col Matt Bradford, SMC/GPUM
Col Edward Hospodar, SMC/GPU

Military GPS Receivers and Military GPS Receiver Technology
Military GPS receiver designs and algorithms. Future concepts including hardware, algorithms and techniques related to rapid acquisition, improved code and/or carrier tracking performance, high accuracy position solutions, reduced computational loads. Flexible receiver architectures for GNSS receivers; receiver implementations using programmable processors or reconfigurable Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs); unique approaches to military GPS software receivers; unique advantages of software receivers; implementation of new approaches.
Rama Gollakota, The Aerospace Corporation

Military GPS Use and Experience
GPS applications in military transport vehicles; unique applications for GPS in the military infrastructure, the combat environment, and non-combat applications; GPS as a force enhancer; GPS experience in exercises; GPS use by Allied forces; GPS use in combat operations; GPS integration into other military applications, etc.
Brian Louie, USAF SMC/GPUI

Military GPS/Antenna Technologies and Interference Mitigation
Antenna designs for GNSS with emphasis on size, gain control, multiple frequency coverage, multipath mitigation, and RF interference suppression; combined effects of interference on military receivers, interference mitigation techniques and limits of performance.
Dana Howell, AFRL Sensors Directorate
Dr. Kamran Aslam, The Aerospace Corporation

Modeling and Simulation
Novel and interesting uses of software GNSS and INS models and simulations to prove military concepts, advance algorithms and the state of the art in navigation; software-defined GNSS simulator applications and technology; the use of hardware-in-the-loop simulators for navigation research, development and evaluation.
Luigina Guiducci, US Army
JP Laine, Draper

Multi-GNSS Receivers for Military Applications
Recent technology developments have explored the combination of military GPS signals with foreign GNSS and commercial GPS signals. The complementary benefits of multi-GNSS include improved accuracy, integrity, availability, frequency diversity, and continued operations in GPS degraded environments. Military applications require considerations for signal assurance and security. Presentations will discuss efforts entailing concept development, analyses, modeling and simulation, and/or demonstrations. The presentations in this session will address the future of military multi- GNSS receivers – from the perspective of military receivers which track and use military signals from multiple GNSSs as well as the perspective of military receivers which combine both military and civil signals from multiple GNSSs (to include GPS P(Y)-code plus GPS L5-codes or GPS P(Y)-code plus WAAS L1 C/A-codes).
Dr. Gary Katulka, US Army
Mark Phillips, AFRL Sensors Directorate

Multi-Sensor Solutions for Guidance, Navigation and Control
Information about navigation sensor developments, new or emerging navigation sensors, and advantages to navigation from additional information available from existing sensors. Further this topic covers techniques for integrating multiple sensors into a single navigation systems, advantages to system performance for sensor coupling, or developments of multiple sensors in guidance, navigation, and/or control applications.
Jean Coupet, US Army

Navigating in Challenged Environments (e.g. Urban, Indoor and Sub-Surface Navigation)
Systems and solutions to challenges to navigation systems due to low Size, Weight, And Power (SWAP) requirements such as in UAVs, UUVs, UGVs, Autonomous UGVs (i.e. robots), missiles, dismounted soldiers, etc. are all of interest. Other environmental challenges of interest are navigating in GPS denied conditions, high multipath locations, underground/cavernous environments, poor terrain (mountainous/canyons), or urban/indoor environments.
Steve Stockbridge, AFRL Munitions Directorate

Navwar threat; test and evaluation including testing activities and results including design of GNSS signal simulators and other test assets; modeling and simulation; PNT operations and applications (military GNSS, military differential avionics implementations such as JPALS and military GNSS-INS integrations); and PNT initiatives. Abstracts submitted for consideration must be written/approved for public release.
Benjamin Wash, Joint Navigation Warfare Center

Open Architectures (OAs)
Current and future operating environments require our PNT subsystems to be extremely resilient and robust. OAs look to provide a promising approach to achieve these characteristics. This session seeks OA examples, applications of VICTORY, FACE or OMS, and the potential OA benefits/challenges while maintaining affordability.
Dr. Jacob Campbell, AFRL Sensors Directorate
Dr. Adam Schofield, US Army

Operational System Demonstrations
An opportunity to demonstrate recent system developments recently fielded or with near term application. Demonstrations should incorporate live operation of the system and/or video of in-field use; engage the audience for active participation; and presenters should expect to receive feedback from participants including warfighters and first responders with extensive field experience. Presentations are 40 minutes with no more than a ten minute narrative to explain the system that will be demonstrated, a 20 minute demonstration and 10 minute question and answers portion.

PNT for Autonomy and Autonomy for PNT - NEW
Improved PNT systems are required to support robust operations for ground and aerial unmanned platforms. Robots can also be used to improve navigation systems through collaborative means and support the distribution of location information. This area is anticipated to grow rapidly in the near to mid-term future. This session seeks presentations on improving autonomous mobility, and the use of unmanned systems, to provide PNT assurance for the warfighter. Presentations describing both analytical and experimental projects are encouraged.
Joseph Kowal, US Army
Dr. John Raquet, Air Force Institute of Technology

PNT in Integrated Systems
A theme exploring the complexities of how integrated weapons systems receive, process and disseminate PNT information from requirements to realistic implementations; and how PNT is used in software, systems and system of systems. Closing the gap between requirements and implementation. Examples: The Army links data on the battlefield through a variety of sensors, passing PNT information to and from each of these systems - like from a Soldier using a Rifleman Radio to an FBCB2 in a Stryker, which has messages and icons dependent on PNT information. GPS/ PNT is integrated on an aircraft, and PNT information is passed to and from weapons over networks. The Navy disseminates PNT over ships, touching a variety of systems, with each system consuming PNT information in a unique way.
Kevin Coggins, US Army

Precise Navigation and Survey Applications
This session will cover the use of navigation technologies for precise navigation and survey applications, including precise Inertial Measurement Units (IMU), Inertial Navigation Systems (INS), Global Positioning System (GPS), and integrated GPS/INS systems. Topics will include innovative design concepts, challeng-ing performance requirements, survey in challenged environs (GPS/RF denied) and test results.

Precision Azimuth Sensing
Today’s precision guided weapons require reduced target location error in order to be effectively employed. Many “call for fire” missions are pre-formed by dismounted warfighters using handheld man-portable Far Target Location (FTL) systems. Topics in this session shall focus on requirements, performance analysis, and technology solutions relevant to providing the dismounted warfighter a precise, robust, and cost effective azimuth sensing solution suitable for use with today’s precision weapons systems.

Precision Guided Munitions/Weapon Applications
The use of navigation technologies in the unique and challenging field of Precision Guided Munitions (PMGs) and weapon systems applications including innovative design concepts, challenging performance and environmental requirements, laboratory and flight test results, compensation methods, alignment/initialization techniques, and size constraints/miniaturization as well as other issues related to the integration of navigation technologies in current and emerging PGM/Weapon systems.
Dr. Sultan Mahmood, USAF Materiel Command, Armament Directorate

Robust Navigation Systems/Solutions
Techniques for assuring navigation in all operating environments/conditions. Of interest are methods for monitoring navigation performance, improved signal processing to permit GPS solutions below normal signal thresholds, robust surface navigation techniques, or integration techniques leveraging performance characteristics for navigating in a variety of locations and conditions.

Space and Satellite Applications
Applications of PNT systems on space-borne platforms such as satellites, the space station, launch vehicles and interplanetary missions; use of navigation sensors to aid primary objectives of orbit determination, attitude determination, and navigation, and application objectives such as gravity determination, and mapping from space; advances in space-based user equipment.
Dr. David Chapman, AFRL Space Vehicles Directorate

Surface and Sub-Surface PNT – NEW
Surface/subsurface PNT architectures involve multi-sensors including GNSS, inertial, wind, gyrocompass, and other sensors today; and emergent concepts to integrate existing and novel sensors under development for tomorrow, including the integration of the MGUE going forward. The focus of future PNT solutions for the surface and subsurface applications going forward is toward integrated navigation blending algorithms that can take advantage of emergent PNT concepts that are capable of improving GPS-based PNT systems – complementary technologies/sensor coupling with GPS, and sensors that can be employed as alternatives to GPS. These concepts can be used together to achieve improved navigation performance. This session seeks presentations on GPS/multi-sensor fusion algorithms can be used to provide aiding methods, while also providing weighted PNT blending/filtering algorithms that work in concert with GPS-only PNT solutions, technologies to maintain GPS solutions through sensor blending and interference mitigation techniques, as well as technologies that promise to provide accurate PNT in the absence of GNSS-based solutions. Unique technologies going forward include leveraging communications/data link systems, radar technologies, celestial navigation, signals of opportunity, and intelligent sovereign sensor fusion algorithms are also desired. Technologies to address precise time transfer using two way time transfer techniques and cooperative navigation concepts are being explored as well.
Joe Schnecker, USN Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific

Warfighter Cross-Talk Panel: CLASSIFIED SESSION (U.S. Only)
An interactive discussion between the audience and a panel of warfighters who have had recent operational experience that informs the community on how to better formulate military PNT systems. Warfighters who have had operational “in theater” experience in the past year are being solicited from all services; Electronic Warfare specialists are of particular interest. All those who can contribute to the panel are requested to contact Kevin Coggins, email: Hotel accommodations and conference registration will be provided at no cost to Cross-Talk Panel members.
Kevin Coggins, US Army
Donald Jewell, Institute for Defense Analyses
Lt Col Jeremiah Shockley, AFRL Sensors Directorate

Warfighter Requirements and Solutions
Warfighter requirements, needs and possible solutions involving operational PNT. Logistic concerns (applied maintenance concepts; spares/replacement availability; interchangeability within host platforms; interoperability with form, fit, and function of host platforms) and international restrictions/concerns, as well as requirements for future technologies. PNT for pointing and stabilization; tri-service programs and commonality considerations; user comments and feedback; NDI/COTS; Homeland Security; and other critical issues such as target location errors.
Fay Spellerberg, Joint Navigation Warfare Center

Abstract Submission Guidelines

Submit Your Abstract

All abstracts must be approved for public release and those not, will not be accepted. Note that you must be from a U.S. Government agency, or their contractor, to submit an abstract for the For Official Use Only (FOUO) sessions (June 5-7) and have a Secret Clearance to submit an abstract for the classified sessions (June 8). Abstracts should be submitted electronically via the ION Abstract Management Portal, no later than February 15.

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  • Abstracts should include a presentation summary; describe objectives, anticipated or actual results, conclusions, any key innovative steps and the significance of your work; and limited to one page.
  • Authors will be notified of acceptance in March and sent an electronic author’s kit with presentation and publication guidelines.

Abstracts submitted for classified sessions should be written for public release and submitted according to the submission guidelines described above.

Presentation Requirements

Sessions will consist of presentations. Unless otherwise noted, all presentations must be approved for public release or Distribution C (U.S. Government agencies and their contractors). An electronic copy of your final presentation (typically a PowerPoint file) with a signed release form must be received by the ION National Office by June 16 to be included in the FOUO proceedings. Presenters will receive a speaker's kit with presentation guidelines and additional meeting information. You must be a citizen of the USA to present at the conference and also provide verification of Secret Clearance to present in the classified sessions (June 8). Speakers presenting as part of the classified sessions must provide classified presentation in advance to the JNWC no later than May 5. All presenters must pay conference registration fees.

Conference Proceedings

Submitted presentations, approved for public release or Distribution C, will be released to conference attendees who were approved to attend the conference by the JNWC in an electronic FOUO proceedings 4-6 weeks following the conference.

Conference Attendance Information

The conference will be hosted in a FOUO environment on June 5-7 at the Dayton Convention Center and a classified environment on June 8 at the Air Force Institute of Technology. Advance visit requests and approvals are required for all attendees. June 5-7 participation will be restricted to U.S. Government agencies and their contractors. June 8 participation for the classified sessions will be restricted U.S. Government agencies and their contractors with a Secret Clearance.

Registration and Hotel Reservation information is available online.