2019 Combined Light Armor Survivability Panel (CLASP)

November 20, 2019 - November 21, 2019

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INTRODUCTION:  Announcing the 50th CLASP meeting, scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. (with registration from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.) on November 20, 2019 and continuing through 2 p.m. (tentatively) on November 21. The host will be the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), 1 University Circle, Monterey, CA 93943.  The meeting will be held at the ME Lecture Hall auditorium (Building 255), and the host/point of contact is Mr. Christopher Adams, NPS (caadams@nps.edu; 831-656-3400). Registration will be completed through the DSIAC website. This meeting will be at the classified level both days and is open to government, industry, and academia with the appropriate clearance.  Site visit requests/SMO code authentication information will be provided on the website.

BACKGROUND:  CLASP began in the mid-80s, originally assembled to coordinate light armor activities between the U.S. Army and Marine Corps. During the past ~35 years, CLASP has provided a venue for working level discussions and expanded to sharing information between government services, industry, and academia in virtually all areas of survivability. Although the name CLASP highlights light armor discussions due to its origin, it is much more today.

CLASP is a “working-level” meeting for engineers and technical personnel from science and technology development, as well as systems engineers from program management, to exchange information. This creates an ideal opportunity for technology developers to get direct feedback from platform systems engineers. As such, the vast majority of the discussions will be technical. This is an ideal opportunity for leading industry and academic research teams to meet with their government counterparts and discuss current programs and issues of interest to the survivability community.

MEETING FORMAT:  All presentations should be planned for approximately 20 min, with time included for questions and answers.  INDUSTRY PARTICIPANTS ARE REQUIRED TO BRIEF the technical aspects of an ongoing survivability effort funded by a government agency.  This is required for three reasons:

  1. To ensure that all participants are contributing to the meeting.
  2. To keep the gathering to a reasonable size.
  3. To eliminate marketing briefs.

Industry participants – be advised that if there are fellow industry participants in the audience who you would rather not have in the room during your presentation, you may request that they leave for that duration.  You, the presenter, are solely responsible for any need-to-know restrictions and authorizations required for your presentation.


Step 1 – This applies to all briefers (government, industry, and academia).  Please submit an unclassified title and brief abstract to Chairman Ken Branham at kenneth.branham@us.af.mil.  Include your organization and state whether or not the presentation will be classified.  If it is classified, specify what security classification guide is being used.  Cut-off date for all title/abstract submittals (ALL ABSTRACTS NEED TO BE UNCLASSIFIED) is 1 November 2019.

Step 2 – You will be notified whether your abstract was or was not accepted within 1 week of receipt.

Step 3 – If you are industry or academia and your abstract was accepted, two representatives may register – proceed to register at this website:  https://www.dsiac.org/events/2019-combined-light-armor-survivability-panel-clasp.  If you are government and your abstract was not accepted, you may still register at the website and attend.

Registrants will undergo an approval process, including clearance validation, to determine attendance. Light refreshments will be provided, and attendees will be asked to provide a nominal payment between $10 and $15 per meeting day (actual total may be less and will be determined after purchases are completed).

Step 4 – If you are presenting, presentations need to be received by myself or NPS, depending on classification, no later than November 14.

For unclassified briefs:  Email Ken Branham (kenneth.branham@us.af.mil).  Confirm delivery via phone (937-257-5344) or NIPR email.  You may also bring a disk the morning of the meeting, but there are no guarantees of video compatibility.

For classified briefs:  Via SIPR, email Petty Officer Dylan Surratt (STBL@nps.navy.smil.mil); 831-656-3012.  For larger documents >25 MB, an Inteldocs account will be established and an email address provided.

AGENDA:  The meeting will include presentations from the U.S. Department of Defense and industry personnel on state-of-the-art research in ballistics protection, including armor system development, light armor upgrades, material model development, maintenance/repair, and landmine blast attenuation.  Agenda updates will be provided on the website.

Additional key information regarding the latest agenda, security, and clearances is available at the website. Other than the refreshment “donations” during the meeting sessions, there is no registration fee because this is not a conference.

QUESTIONS:  If you have any questions concerning the upcoming meeting, please feel free to contact Ken Branham to ask about your briefing topic.  All comments and suggestions are welcome.

See you in Monterey!

Ken Branham
(937) 257-5344 office

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