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Abstract Deadline: February 3, 2023

Technical Program Committee

Military Division Chair: Dr. Thomas Powell, The Aerospace Corporation 
Military Division Vice Chair: Dr. Keith McDonald, The MITRE Corporation
Immediate Past Chair: John Langer, The Aerospace Corporation

Program Chair: David Wolfe, USGC C5ISC
Program Vice-Chair: Dr. Greg Reynolds, Army DEVCOM AvMC
Tutorials Chair: Paul Olson, DEVCOM C5ISR

Technical Track Chairs:
Dr. J.P. Laine, Draper
Dr. Steven Lewis, The Aerospace Corporation
Dr. Madeleine Naudeau, AFRL
Chad Pinkelman, NIWC Pacific

Other Members:

Jan Anszperger, Draper
Dr. Jacob Campbell, AFRL Sensors Directorate
John Del Colliano, DEVCOM C5ISR
Amanda Humphrey, Joint Navigation Warfare Center
Elliott Kaplan, The MITRE Corporation
Brian Louie, SSC/CGU
Greg Panas, US Army JPEO AA / DEVCOM AC
Chad Pinkelman, NIWC Pacific
Joseph Schnecker, NIWC Pacific

The Military Division of the Institute of Navigation will host the 2023 Joint Navigation Conference (JNC 2023) for the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security.

The theme of this year’s conference will be: Enhancing Dominance and Resilience for Warfighting and Homeland Security PNT

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, testing 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.

CUI U.S. only conference attendance will be screened by the Joint Navigation Warfare Center and will be restricted to U.S. only. The exhibit hall (June 13-14) will be open to all conference participants, exhibitors, their employees and related organizations. All materials displayed in the exhibit hall shall be Publically Releasable After Review.

CUI Session Topics

AI/Machine Learning (ML) for PNT
Using AI/ML techniques to support PNT solutions within devices and systems to improve capabilities for warfighters and military platforms. Novel approaches to provide capabilities for situational understanding, battlefield management and decision making, PNT system performance, integrity monitoring, and other NAVWAR activities. Improvements to operations from big data methodologies and PNT data fusion between entities.
Topic Leads:
Dr. Chen Lai, DEVCOM C5IS
Brian Zufelt, COSMIAC/The University of New Mexico

Antenna Technologies and Interference Mitigation for Robust PNT
Novel approaches to multi-signal solutions for robust PNT, including novel antenna designs, interference mitigation technologies/techniques, incorporation of signals of opportunity to augment GNSS. While algorithms may be a component of this topic, they must be related to novel antenna approaches. This topic is seeking revolutionary approaches to robust PNT enabled by robust signal detection.
Topic Leads:
Denice Jacobs, AFRL
William Lies, UHU Technologies

Application/Impact of PNT Technologies in the Homeland Critical Infrastructure
This session will focus on the use of PNT technologies in the critical infrastructure with emphasis on discussing usage, vulnerabilities, and providing mitigating solutions to safeguards against threats to the critical infrastructure. PNT based technologies, such as GPS, are now an integral part of the national critical infrastructure. Many sectors rely on some aspect of PNT ranging from timing for communication systems to clock synchronization for power transmission in the electrical grid. The growing use of PNT 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.
Topic Leads:
Misty Finical, NASA
Dr. Dean Bruckner, Chelton

Applications of Atomic Standards in DoD Time Transfer and Dissemination
The transfer and acquisition of time in DoD applications from both GNSS and non-GNSS sources has become an important topic in recent decades with greater demands for precision. Many atomic clock products have been designed to strike a balance between performance and cost that allow these goals to be met. This session invites presentations on the development of such clocks or the use of atomic clocks in: time transfer, timescales, timekeeping, synchronization techniques, ranging measurements, and other applications of interest to DoD applications.
Topic Lead:
Dr. Lara Schmidt, The Aerospace Corporation

Autonomous Systems and PNT
Autonomous systems are especially reliant on PNT. Topics in this session include autonomous systems, leveraging of AI and machine learning for autonomy and PNT, challenges of using autonomous systems in military environments, use of GPS and non-GPS PNT for autonomous systems. These systems will be operating either independently or in collaborative groups performing tasks, where the PNT systems will need to adapt to the surroundings and make use of the sensors and signals that are functional in the area. Safety, resiliency and OPTEMPO are vital in the definition of the requirements for the PNT system for military autonomous systems.
Topic Leads:
Dr. David Woodbur, AFIT
Dr. Shelby Savage, The MITRE Corporation

Complementary PNT
Subjects of this session are navigation technologies and techniques that replace, or supplement, traditional GPS/INS solutions for overcoming application related challenges including degraded or denied GPS. This includes vision-aided navigation, RF-aided navigation, exploitation of naturally occurring signals that would be immune to denial of service by an adversary, and high precision quantumenhanced inertial sensors. Examples include but are not limited to celestial, bathymetric, gravimetric, and quantum-based or other emergent navigation sensor technologies.

  1. Navigation by Celestial Objects, Geophysical Fields and other Naturally Occurring Complementary Sources-including magnetic fields, gravity, lightning, etc. Topic Lead: Dr. Simone Bortolami, Penn State Applied Research Lab
  2. Vision Aided/Optical Air Topic Leads: Dr. Clark Taylor, AFIT and Dr. Shahram Moafipoor, Geodetics, Inc.
  3. Vision Aided/Optical Ground Topic Lead: Patrick Renfroe, DEVCOM AvMC
  4. Terrestrial RF Aided (Non-GPS) Topic Lead: John Edwards, USCG C5ISC

Cooperative Navigation Techniques
This topic explores navigation techniques and required system performance envelopes that enable coherent task execution among networked platforms/instruments. The ability to exchange information among partners in a network can provide synergistic improvements in terms of rapid system initialization, navigation accuracy and resiliency. This includes efforts for supplying accurate up-to-date information to navigation processors; sharing of data for both absolute and relative navigation solutions within a defined group; and 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. May also include the sharing of geo-registered imagery to support collaborative position/orientation updating, collaborative path planning to optimize joint navigation accuracy, and the use of network connected devices for navigation such as smartphones, navigation apps and GPS-based personal navigation systems with on-line maps.
Topic Leads:
Dr. Todd Kawakami, NGA
Mark Crews, Lockheed Martin

Environmental Protection PNT Technologies
The use of navigation technologies in self-induced or naturally occurring harsh environments requires the use of advanced techniques for maintaining accuracy and ensuring survivability of the electronics during use. Presentations might address 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. Some situations include high dynamic environments, extreme temperatures, spinning systems, high-shock, countering plasma effects, radiation hardening, and others. 
Topic Lead:
Gregory Panas, US Army DEVCOM

Future Space-based Sources of PNT
Explores new potential sources of space-based PNT, including proliferated LEO and GEO commercial and DoD systems. New sources of PNT may be primary or secondary missions of the spacecraft; they may be at any frequency, RF to optical.
Topic Leads:
Dr. Joanna Hinks, AFRL Space Vehicles
Dr. Edward LeMaster, Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center

GPS in Military Applications/NAVWAR
This session will involve integration of GPS into new and existing military systems; precision weapon delivery and military applications in land, sea, air, and space using GPS; and development of new military GPS and auxiliary sensor hardware.
Topic Leads:
Dr. Anne Le, The Aerospace Corporation
Kelly Fang, C5ISR

GPS Modernization and Constellation Status
Current GPS constellation status. New military capabilities and performance, including integrity and accuracy improvement concepts; modernized space segment and control segment; Regional Military Protect (RMP); new GPS research and development status; and impact on future applications. 
Topic Leads:
Lt Col Gregory Smith, SSC/CGU
Rob Simsiman, The MITRE Corporation

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. This 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.
Topic Leads:
Dr. Sergey A. Zotov, EMCORE
Mike Horton, ANELLO Photonics

Integrity and Assurance
Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) systems play a critical role in virtually all military systems. Integrity/Assurance is a becoming a principal requirement in all systems to ensure the mission is completed successfully and reducing the risks to our warfighters. Their design must include the capability to assess sensor inputs, detect anomalous/threat conditions, and mitigate properly to retain resilience. This session will cover the requirements for PNT Integrity/Assurance in various military systems, system functional allocation, algorithm development, design approaches, and review performance results from demonstrations.
Topic Leads:
Aaron Nascimento, NAVWARSYSCOM
Ann Witt, Honeywell 

MGUE Program Status Updates
Review of the Military GPS User Equipment (MGUE) programs.  MGUE Increment 1 developed the first generation of M-Code receiver cards in two form factors for ground-based and aviation/maritime applications.  The MGUE Increment 2 program, currently approaching CDR in 2023, targets smaller SWaP applications and adds new capabilities such as multi-GNSS and alternative navigation signals.  Presentations will cover MGUE products as well as results of early integration, test, and operational use.
Topic Leads:
LtCol David Edsen, SSC/CGU2
Mike Stanitis, The Aerospace Corporation

Military PNT User Equipment
This session will provide the latest information on Military PNT User Equipment including MGUE, integrated military PNT user equipment such as EGIs, and integrated receiver/antenna electronics. Topics will include status of PNT user equipment development, test, and integration efforts from both contractor and government representatives.
Topic Leads:
Patrick Hanrahan, NIWC Pacific
Brent Abbott, Orolia, Defense and Security

Modeling and Simulation
Includes GNSS, INS and complementary sensor models capable of assessing advanced algorithms/integrated systems and battlefield operations. Presentation of hardware-in-the-loop simulation capabilities that use software-defined receiver technology or other active/passive techniques for laboratory evaluation. Interfacing of PNT and mission/campaign modeling and simulation capabilities for the assessment of impacts to warfighters and their commander.
Topic Leads:
Jacob Jost, The Aerospace Corporation
Tim Erbes, Orolia Defense & Security

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. Efforts entail concept development, analyses, modeling and simulation, and/or demonstrations. The future of military multi-GNSS receivers includes those, which track and use military signals from multiple GNSSs as well as those, which combine both military and civil signals from multiple GNSSs. This session is also interested in exploring the use and integration of additional terrestrial or space-based cooperative signals for timing, ranging, or augmentation with military multi-GNSS receivers.
Topic Leads:
Michael Nair, Army Research Laboratory
Christine Rini, The MITRE Corporation

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.
Topic Leads:
Robert McDermott, USCG C5ISC
Dr. David Allen, The Aerospace Corporation

Novel Clock Technologies and Timing Applications
Warfighter systems are reliant upon Precise Time and Frequency (PT&F) synchronization/syntonization for communicating, networking, positioning, and etc. These needs are supported by GPS timing capabilities or alternative time-keeping systems that consist of high-precision clocks synchronized by time dissemination. Development efforts to employ current and novel atomic clock architectures based on optical transitions, laser cooling, and ion trapping, for example, are underway. These efforts seek to produce rugged high-precision clocks for handheld, infrastructure, aerospace, and space-based applications. This session addresses timing device and system approaches, including advanced clocks, time dissemination techniques, and timing applications for military systems.
Topic Leads:
Andrew Baster, AFRL
Dr. Kari Moran, NIWC Pacific

Operational System Demonstrations
Demonstration of platforms to support PNT for the warfighter, with particular focus on open architecture solutions which allow incorporation of alternate or (r)evolutionary technologies. Demonstrations may include real time component demonstration, video of demonstration, and demonstration of SWiL/HWiL. Demonstrations may include, but are not limited to, human-in-the-loop, PNT sensors & algorithms, or novel approaches to deal with known limitations of current solutions, such as simplified keying solutions, user friendly interfaces, context aware energy conservation, etc. Encouraging demonstrations of technologies at varying stages of technology readiness levels (TRLs 4-6). Demonstrations are 40-minutes in length, with traditional presentations being limited to no more than 10-minutes, and interactive demonstration being utilized for the rest of the time.
Topic Leads:
William Deike, AFRL
Dan Weinman, DEVCOM C5ISR

PNT for Unmanned Systems
Unmanned systems have some of the most stringent PNT requirements and are rapidly expanding in numbers, while operating in challenged environments. This session will include the latest PNT tech to include GNSS protection and assurance, PNT augmentation systems, alternative PNT, and novel solutions to ensure unmanned and autonomous systems can fulfil their missions.
Topic Lead:
Connor Brashar, Sandia National Labs

PNT Open Systems Architecture
Threats to PNT systems are evolving at increasingly faster rates, driving the need for PNT systems to be adaptable to stay ahead of this evolving threat. Open System Architectures (OSA) for PNT can be structured to provide frameworks for affordable adaptable PNT systems. Adaptable PNT systems provide the ability to insert capability, countering threats and providing resilient solutions. This session covers research, development, procurement, integration and sustainment of OSA PNT concepts and systems (software, hardware, backplanes, interfaces, etc.), including applications of VICTORY, PNTA, FACE, OMS, SOSA and more.
Topic Leads:
Lynetta Grajeda, NIWC Pacific
Douglas Burch, Collins Aerospace

PNT Situational Awareness
PNT Situational Awareness (PNT-SA) refers to the detection, characterization, attribution, and geolocation of intentional, unintentional and naturally occurring threats to PNT. PNT-SA can detect threats to allow for engagement of measures which afford increased robustness and resiliency and also help balance the need for them by 1) providing information to the individual user/host system to recognize the presence of threats and inform decisions as well as tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs); 2) contributing to local or wider area awareness of contested and impacted regions to inform movement and maneuver as well as future planning; and 3) providing important information to enable threat removal via kinetic, legal, or other means. While PNT-SA capabilities may not directly mitigate the impact of threats to the same extent as robustness and resilience approaches, it might be possible in some cases to field them more quickly with significantly less resources. The goal of this session is to bring together government, industry, and academia to discuss the state-of-the-art capability and plans to exploit new algorithms, approaches, and visualization schemes that leverage new types of sensors and data, ranging from publicly available cellular data to collections made from new space-based constellation, for PNT-SA in support of a variety of government and safety-of-life applications.
Topic Leads:
LtCol Nicolas Estep, USAF
Dr. Keith McDonald, The MITRE Corporation

Reconfigurable and Reprogrammable SatNav
This session explores advancing the deployment of coordinated, reconfigurable/reprogrammable PNT solutions to achieve superiority in a contested EW environment. This includes SatNav, Control Segment and UE reconfigurations that are being studied currently. The topic delves into operational elements needed for reconfigurable SatNav and UE to be effective. This topic includes payloads, signals, control segments, and UE.
Topic Leads:
Doug Martoccia, The Aerospace Corporation
Elliott Kaplan, The MITRE Corporation

SatNav System Experimentation
Experiment plans and results for SatNav systems other than GPS. Systems can be government or commercial endeavors; experiments can be at system or subsystem levels. Includes developments in PNT payload technologies, advanced signals, and associated user equipment.
Topic Lead:
John Langer, The Aerospace Corporation

Software Defined Receivers (SDRs) for PNT
This session will focus on the use of software defined receivers (SDRs) for PNT applications. Topics may include SDR architectures, SDR design considerations, operations concepts for SDR maintenance and upgrades, specific hardware/software instantiations, and updates from on-going developmental activities. 
Topic Leads:
James Yockey, DEVCOM C5ISR
Shawn Miller, The MITRE Corporation

PANEL DISCUSSIONS (CUI U.S. ONLY)

PANEL: Cislunar Navigation in the age of Artemis
NASA will return us to the Moon in the Artemis Missions. The National Cislunar Science and Technology Strategy uses a whole-of-government approach to address unique challenges associated with the proliferation of human space exploration to the Moon and beyond. One of the four objectives is to “implement cislunar communications and navigation capabilities with scalable and interoperable approaches to enable a cooperative and sustainable ecosystem in cislunar space.” NASA will rely heavily on LunaNet, which requires precise PNT services. This panel discusses international agreements, space law, public policy, and strategic competitions between the U.S. and China/Russia that steer technological requirements in Cislunar navigation and promote resilient cislunar PNT services.
Topic Lead:
MSgt Benjamin Johnis, AFIT

PANEL: M-Code UE Fielding
Over the next decade, the DoD will spend billions of dollars to replace its existing legacy military GPS User Equipment (UE) with modernized UE. Come learn from a panel for military representatives drawn from across the DoD how each of the services plans to do this and how these plans differ from one another. Learn about proposed time lines and limiting factors that pace the fielding of modernized platforms and systems to our US and allied warfighters. This panel will feature representatives from the services sharing fielding plans.
Topic Lead:
Brian Louie, SSC/CGU

PANEL: National Critical Infrastructure Threat
This CUI panel will focus on PNT threats to the national critical infrastructure. Discussion topics may include threats to the electrical grid, communication, transportation, finance, and domestic DoD support infrastructure as well as emerging infrastructure for domestic employment of UAV systems that create a challenge for safeguarding national assets and maintaining homeland security.
Topic Lead:
Karen Van Dyke, US DOT/ OST-R

PANEL: PNT Policy and Force Design
This panel includes introductions to PNT policy topics and a guided discussion with leaders that drive national policy and force design that is shaping PNT capability development and operational fielding. Panel members will provide their perspective and engage in an open discussion of the ongoing joint policy and force design efforts aimed at addressing challenges and opportunities in PNT capability advances. Attendee engagement will be encouraged.
Topic Lead:
Dr. Sonja McMullen, DoD CIO

PANEL: Rapid Agile Development and PNT Technology Transition
Representatives from the services and industry will describe their approach to respond to urgent requirements from field and to transition emerging technologies. Panelists will contrast the established process with rapid agile development techniques that are being implemented in order to accelerate transitions. Topics of discussion will include: innovative means of rapidly transitioning technology to the field; application of a PNT Open Systems Architecture (OSA) in order to promote the ability to plug and play new sensors/software applications; transition through government/industry partnerships; and how to best position promising technology for transition.
Topic Lead:
Dr. Adam Schofield, Army Research Lab

PANEL: Warfighters
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.
Topic Leads:
Kevin Coggins, Booz Allen Hamilton
Sean Memmen, Booz Allen Hamilton

CLASSIFIED PROGRAM: SECRET U.S. ONLY (JUNE 15)
This includes topics of general interest where classified material is key to conveying the intent of the presentation. Sessions will include counter PNT, operational PNT developments related to joint urgent operational needs and joint emergent operational needs support, and provide venues for the presentation for additional topics at the SECRET U.S. Only classification level. Presentations will be by invitation only. This session may include a keynote from a ranking general officer.
Topic Lead:
Joe Page, Joint Navigation Warfare Center

Abstract Submission Guidelines

Abstracts Due: February 3, 2023

All abstracts must be written for public release with intent to present in a Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) U.S. only environment. Abstracts not approved for public release will not be accepted. Note that you must be a citizen of the USA to submit an abstract for CUI U.S. Only sessions (June 12-14).

Abstracts should be submitted electronically via the ION Abstract Management Portal (AMP), no later than February 3, 2023. To submit an abstract, sign in at ion.org/abstracts.

Acceptance to the JNC conference is competitive. The following are required:

  1. An extended abstract (500-2500 words). Abstract should describe objectives, anticipated or actual results, conclusions, key innovative steps, and the significance of your work. Abstract not meeting the 500-word minimum will not be forwarded to the program committee for review.
  2. Abstract must be public release. Start the approval of your abstract early as this can often take several weeks. Abstracts are due by February 3, 2023. Based on anticipated demand, late abstracts may not be accepted.
  3. New this year - Presenters will be given an option to include a CUI abstract, in addition to the required public release abstract, for review by program committee/conference organizers that have been pre-cleared by the JNWC security office. To this end, the author may include technical information that is protected under DoD tech-protect guidelines and CUI restrictions. Note that the submission of a CUI abstract, without a sufficiently descriptive public release abstract, will NOT be considered. All CUI materials will be deleted once the program is finalized.

Presentation Requirements

  1. Sessions will consist of presentations. Unless otherwise noted, all presentations must be approved as CUI U.S. Only. 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 19 to be included in the CUI U.S. Only proceedings.
  2. You must be a citizen of the USA to present at the conference; and you must meet all established security validation requirements.
  3. All presenters must pay conference registration fees.
  4. Presenters must attend JNC in person (no virtual presentations) and attend the mandatory Speakers’ Breakfast the morning of their presentation.
  5. Failure to meet any of these requirements may result in the cancellation of your presentation from the program. Presenters are encouraged to review on the online materials in the JNC speaker resource center.

Conference Proceedings

Submitted presentations, approved for public release (Distribution A) and/or CUI distribution, will be released to U.S. citizens who were approved to attend the conference by the JNWC in an electronic CUI proceedings 2-4 weeks following the conference.

Journal Publication

JNC presenters are encouraged to write Publicly Releasable After Review technical papers based on their JNC presentations to submit for possible publication in NAVIGATION: Journal of the Institute of Navigation (indexed by Thomson Reuters). Papers may be submitted for publication online.

Conference Attendance Information

The JNC’s DTS conference ID is N20150610734

The conference will be hosted in a CUI U.S. only environment June 12-14 at the Town and Country Hotel in San Diego, California, and a U.S. only classified environment on June 15. June 12-14 CUI session participation will be restricted to U.S. government and U.S. government contractors. June 15 classified session participation will be restricted to U.S. government and U.S. government contractors with a SECRET CLEARANCE. Advance visit requests and approvals are required for all attendees.

Registration and Hotel Reservation information is available online.