Advanced Technology Electronic Defense Systems (ATEDS) 2018

ATEDS 2018
Registration is open to U.S. Citizens with a Secret Clearance Only


Event Date: 
August 28, 2018 to August 29, 2018

PMA272 has received formal approval from ASN RDA to host the 24th Advanced Technology Electronic Defense Systems Conference in La Jolla CA, 28-29 August.

UPDATE: ATEDS conference check in will be available in the Hilton La Jolla Hotel lobby on Monday 27 August from 3 - 6 pm. Attendees can also check in at the Pavilion on Tuesday morning 28 August beginning at 7 am.  However - we strongly urge you to check in on Monday due to the envisioned number of conference participants.  Please ensure you have at least one form of photo ID for check-in.

We ask all conference attendees to leave cell phones in your hotel rooms or automobiles. Due to conference security requirements – cell phones will not be allowed in the Pavilion conference room or the adjourning lobby. Nor will there be any storage facilities for cell phones in the Pavilion. Your understanding is appreciated and cooperation required in this matter.

One of the primary objectives of ATEDS is to facilitate dialogue and interaction among conference attendees. However, a full agenda of briefings leaves only limited time available for sidebar discussions. Therefore, key PMA 272 personnel (IPT Leads/Designated Level IIs) will be available during structured evening breakout sessions from 6-7 pm on Monday (27 August), Tuesday (28 August), and Wednesday (29 August). The sessions will be held in the three hotel meeting rooms located on the ground level, with representatives from each PMA IPT (Strike – Common – Assault) assigned a specific room. All discussions must be at the unclassified level as these rooms are not in in the Pavilion (site of the formal conference briefings). Each evening session will be one hour in length (6-7 pm) and apportioned into three separate 20 minute slots to allow for private stakeholder interaction. Session sign up will be on a first come first serve basis only, beginning Monday afternoon check in and continuing at Tuesday morning check in depending on availability.

PMA272 is NAVAIRSYSCOM's program office responsible for Electronic Warfare (EW) Aircraft Self-Protection Equipment (ASE) for Navy and Marine Corps tactical aircraft.  The ATEDS conference provides PMA272 an annual opportunity to conduct a forum between the warfighter, program management and field activities, military research laboratories, the intelligence community, test and evaluation activities, other military services and industry.  

The objective is to gather the Joint and Department of the Navy (DoN) Aircraft Survivability Equipment (ASE) community and explore the use of the electromagnetic environment in order to improve aircraft survivability.  The conference focus on the employment of advanced ASE in supporting cross domain operations aligns with the Navy’s maturing Electro-magnetic Maneuver Warfare (EMW) Strategy.  The emphasis on Joint integration adheres to DoD and service guidance by seeking enhanced mission effectiveness and cost efficiency through the development of common programs and capabilities. The agenda offers two days of classified briefings (SECRET US ONLY) on a range of topics including relevant threat updates, department and service guidance, emerging operational concepts and potential “game changing” technologies.

There is no conference fee associated with ATEDS.

A block of rooms has been reserved for the ATEDS conference on a first-come, first-served basis at the Hilton La Jolla, 10950 North Road, La Jolla, California 92037. Rooms will be reserved at the federal government per-diem rate for San Diego.

A Note for USG attendees: Per the ASN RDA approval Letter, a limited number of rental cars are authorized to support conference transportation. However- co-location of the conference with the La Jolla Hilton minimizes daily transportation needs. Numerous eateries are also within a short distance of the hotel. Other means of conference transportation are authorized and available including taxi and uber service. Finally - car sharing among conference attendees highly encouraged to further minimize expenses.

USG attendees can also qualify for California state tax exemption –further reducing lodging expenses. California does not require the presentation of any forms or documentation to qualify for tax exemption at the state level.

Tuesday, 28 August 2018
0700-0815Check In
0815-0830AdminTony Moore (PMA272)
0830-0945Welcome & OverviewCAPT Schuessler USN (PMA272) Mr Pat Mason (Deputy PEO Aviation) - Key Note Speaker
1000-1030Trends & Emerging ThreatsPete Crosby / Kaela Manaquil (NAVAIR STILO)
1030-1100Advanced RF Threats - Survivability ImplicationsScott Bigelow (DIA/MSIC)
1115-1145Advanced EO-IR Threat - Survivability ImplicationsMickey Elkins (DIA/MSIC)
1300-1330Future ASE/SYSCOM ViewCAPT Schuessler USN (PMA272)
1330-1400TACAIR EW AssessmentAndrew Mickley (PMR-51)
1415-1445JEPAC/Northern EdgeLt Col Cordes (JEPAC)
1445-1515F/A-18 Strike Fighter RoadmapMatt Guernsey (PMA265)
1530-1600ASE for 4th GEN TACAIRCDR Foster (PMA272)
1600-1630Assault ASE: Readiness for TaskingDale Gaetano (PMA272)
1630-1700F-15 EPAWSS(Lt Col Dotter - Scott Cole ACC/OFPCTF)
1800-1900Scheduled Breakout Sessions
Wednesday, 29 August 2018
0730-0825Check In
0830-0900Expanding Role of Rotary Wing EWMackie Rachman/LT Falk (SHEELD-HSM Weapons School)
0900-0930Assault ASE Operational TestLt Col Lawson / MAJ Igler (VMX-1)
0945-1015Going Off Board Jim Koppenberger (PMA272)
1015-1045Cognitive EWVince Kinsch (Air 4.5.4)
1100-1130AI ConceptsDR Bentley (ONR Code 342)
1130-1200JSLVCSDavid Lowe (AIR 4.0M)
1315-1345EW ARENA / Ranges WestJenifer Koch (NAWC WD)
1345-1415Vigilant Hammer IIIRichard Busse (JEAT)
1430-1500Integrated Threat Analysis Simulation Environment (ITASE)Jeremey Hodges (DIA/MSIC)
1500-1530Adaptive Manufacturing / Digital ThreadErik Merk (AIR 6.8)
1545-1615TELOS MESADr Parker (AFRL/RYWW)
1615-1645Speed to the Fleet InitiativesGreg Janson (APEO(T))
1645-1700Road AheadCAPT Schuessler USN (PMA272)
1800-1900Scheduled Breakout Sessions
10950 North Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA 92037
United States
Phone: 858-558-1500
Driving Directions:

From Interstate 5 Traveling NORTH:

  1. Exit Genesee Avenue (in La Jolla) and turn left (WEST)
  2. Stay on Genesee Avenue, it will curve to the right (NORTH) and become North Torrey Pines Road
  3. At Science Park Road, turn left into hotel driveway

From Interstate 5 Traveling SOUTH:

  1. Exit Genesee Avenue (in La Jolla) and turn right (WEST)
  2. Stay on Genesee Avenue, it will curve to the right (NORTH) and become North Torrey Pines Road
  3. At Science Park Road, turn left into hotel driveway



The reservation cutoff date is Tuesday, August 1, 2018. 

Reservations received after this date will be accommodated on a rate and space availability basis only.

To make reservations, guests can call 800-HILTONS (445-8667) with their group code or visit the website – both listed below.

Group Code: PMA272

Personalized Group Webpage:

Check-in / Check-out:  Check-in time is 4:00pm; check-out time is 11:00am.  All guests arriving before 4:00pm will be accommodated as rooms become available.  Bell staff can arrange to check baggage for those arriving early when rooms are unavailable for guests who arrive early.

Cancellations/No Show: Guests can cancel their reservations with no penalty up to 72 hours before check-in.  Within the 72 hour window, cancellations will be charged one night’s room and tax.  If a guest does not check-in on their arrival date, a “no-show” fee of one night’s room and tax will be charged.

Early Departure Fee: Please note that there is a $75.00 charge for all early departures.

All attendees will be responsible for their own guestroom charges

Overnight self-parking is $31.00 per car/night and valet parking is $41.00 per car/night.

In addition to the hotel eateries and coffee bar, a cash basis coffee kiosk will be available outside/adjacent the Pavilion during conference check-in and morning briefings. The Hilton will also offer a cash basis buffet luncheon for conference attendees at the same location on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Hilton, La Jolla Torrey Pines

10950 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037


Pass all security clearances through the Joint Personnel Adjudication System (JPAS): SMO Code N004214.  The JPAS info must be received NO LATER THAN August 20th, 2018.

Please use the below information and only send for symposium dates (28/29 August 2018) to ease the processing of your clearances.
Visit Dates: 28/29 August 2018
Visited SMO: N004214
Reason For Visit: Symposium
POC: Chris Felosi (ATEDS)
POC Phone: 301-757-2265
Remarks: USG TPOC name, email, phone (applicable for contractors only)
Visit Access: SECRET (US ONLY)

You will be notified via email of formal conference registration upon receipt of your JPAS information and USG TPOC (applicable for contractors only)

Additional Info
Activity and Information Guide 2018:

Food & Beverage Options (on property)

  • The Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines offers:Room Service and In-Room Coffee Makers
  • The Torreyana Grille (offering California Cuisine) and the adjacent Lounge here in our hotel, are the perfect place for a power breakfast or business meeting (inquire about our private dining room perfect for small meetings.)
  • Horizon’s Coffee Bar & Lounge – featuring “We Proudly Brew” Starbucks Coffee.Offering pastries, fruit, muffins, bagels, and a great juice selection
  • In addition to the other hotel eateries and coffee bar, a cash basis coffee kiosk will be available outside/adjacent the Pavilion during conference check-in and morning briefings. The Hilton will also offer a cash basis buffet luncheon for conference attendees at the same location on Tuesday and Wednesday. “

Restaurants, Night Clubs, and Bars

  • There are a wide variety of restaurants in the coastal villages of La Jolla and Del Mar (along with other nearby hot spots) that cater to private parties and business engagements.Contact the Concierge for sample menus, reservations, and transportation arrangements
  • Majority of nightlife is in the Gaslamp District of Downtown San Diego:(restaurants, cafes, clubs and live-entertainment.)


  • The Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines has the following recreational facilities:2 lighted Tennis Courts, a Basketball Court, heated swimming pool and Jacuzzi, Putting Green, and Fitness Center
  • Fitness Room:featuring cardio machines, universal and free-weight equipment
  • Heated Swimming Pool (81 degrees), and Jacuzzi (101 degrees)
  • The Hilton Serenity Collection – robes and upgraded amenities including Crabtree & Evelyn products
  • The Spa at Torrey Pines – located at The Lodge and open 8am-7pm; offering manicures, pedicures, facials, body-wraps, and massages
  • Shiley Sports & Health Center of Scripps Clinic
  • Local Recreational Activities include:Golf, Snorkeling, Kayaking, Surfing, Bike Riding, Scuba Diving, Hang gliding, Sailing, Jet Skis, Horseback Riding, Hot Air Balloon Rides, and much more                                                                                                                                 

Running Routes , Trails and playgrounds

  • Torrey Pines State Reserve – north of our hotel and offering 8 miles of trails, Visitor’s Center, and guided nature walks on weekends
  • The Guy Fleming Trail is a very popular trail that leads out to the ocean bluffs – located 200 feet above the Pacific Ocean
  • Take the dirt trails that lead down to Flat Rock (beach level and access); 1.7 miles from our hotel
  • The paved Park Road Trail is 2.3 miles – directly down to the Torrey Pines State Beach
  • Scripp’s Park along Coast Blvd in La Jolla
  • San Diego Underwater Park – a “look but don’t touch” ecological refuge spanning 6,000 acres of ocean bottom and tidelands
  • La Jolla Shores Playground for kids
  • Doyle Park; off Nobel Drive in the U.T.C. area
  • Children’s Pool – see the seals sunning themselves on the sand

Local Health Clubs

  • Shiley Sports & Health Center of Scripps Clinic (located next door)
  • 24HR Fitness – located at the University Towne Center Shopping Mall
  • The Sporting Club – located in the Aventine Complex

Local Attractions

  • Legoland California in Carlsbad – geared towards children ages 2-12, and has more than 50 shows, rides, and exhibits which provide learning opportunities and creative plays – as well as entertainment
  • Sea World – take the family below the surface, above the waves, and beyond your expectations
  • San Diego Zoo – a brilliantly designed, nurturing environment for the nearly 4,000 animals who call it home
  • Safari Park – this park has a 35-minute open air mono-rail ride that takes you through the open plains of a multitude of wild animals
  • Cabrillo National Monument – located at one of the highest points in San Diego.Has panoramic views that look out to the Pacific Ocean, San Diego Harbor, and Coronado Island
  • Balboa Park: (1200 acres) with over 13 wonderful museums, and several Botanical Gardens.
  • Birch Aquarium – explore the water world through dynamic exhibits and a whole host of fun activities
  • Mount Soledad – one of San Diego’s finest lookout points

Local Health Food Options

  • Whole Foods – La Jolla
  • Trader Joe’s - La Jolla
  • Jimbo’s – Del Mar
  • Look for “gluten free” and “vegan” dining options in our hotel’s restaurant, the Torreyana Grille

Shopping Tips

  • University Towne Center (UTC) – featuring Nordstrom, Macy’s, and over one hundred stores and restaurants
  • Boutique Shopping in the villages of La Jolla and Del Mar
  • Art Galleries in and around Prospect Street in La Jolla
  • Cedros Design District in Solana Beach
  • Outlet Malls in Carlsbad, San Ysidro and Viejas Casino

Local Tours & Historic Areas

  • Grayline Tours, Old Town Trolley Tours and Harbor Excursions and Gondola Boat Rides
  • USS Midway Aircraft Museum
  • La Jolla Walking Tour                        
Optional Dining Guide:
Points of Contact: 

Tony Moore (

Bob Crumplar (

Ronald Tucker (

Zach Dewey (


Please download a copy of the Conference Survey (if you did not fill one out in person at the event) and send the completed survey back to Bob Crumplar,