The abstract submission site is now closed. Authors will be notified if their abstract was accepted or not by July 30, 2021. 


Armament Categories:

  • Armament Modernization, Readiness, and Threat Response Overmatch
  • Armament Systems that Provide Joint Lethality in Contested Environments
  • Armament System Initiatives of the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and DARPA
  • Legacy System Enhancements and Readiness to Build a More Lethal Force
  • Platform Integration (Land, Sea, Air, Manned, and Autonomous)
  • Armament System Manufacturing and Readiness
  • Armament System Logistics and Maintenance
  • Armament System Training Systems
  • International Participation by Allies and Partners


EOD Categories:

  • Advances in Sensitive Site Exploitation/Post-Blast Analysis/Technical Intelligence
  • Alternatives to Open Burn/Open Detonation and Insensitive Munitions Disposal
  • Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning
  • Chemical/Biological Agent Defeat
  • Counter Improvised Explosives Devices (CIED)
  • Counter Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD)
  • Counter Unexploded Ordnance (CUXO)
  • Humanitarian Mine Action Technology, Techniques, and Case Studies
  • Data Management, Visualization, and Information Sharing
  • EOD Response and Exploitation of Unmanned Vehicles (Air, Ground, and Underwater)


Robotics Categories:

  • Robotics Weapons Payloads
  • Robotics Non-Lethal Payloads
  • Robotic Sensor Payloads
  • Ground Robotic Platforms
  • Robotics Autonomy (Hardware and Software Technology)
  • Multi-Agent/"Swarm" Control and Capabilities


Conference Registration
Authors of abstracts that are selected for presentation are required to register and pay conference fees. Fee guidelines and criteria will be provided as soon as possible. Please keep this in mind prior to submitting an abstract.


Restricted Access Presentation Content
Presentation of Unclassified Export Controlled Technical Data and/or any data associated with the United States Munitions List (USML) or the Commerce Control List (CCL).


The 2021 Future Force Capabilities Conference & Exhibition will include sessions with open discussion Distribution A content and limited access Distribution D Content. Authors must indicate whether the presentation for which they are submitting an abstract will be one of the following:


  • Distribution A – Approved for Public Release.
  • Distribution D – Department of Defense and U.S. DoD Contractors only (Joint Certification Program).
  • U.S. Citizens Only.


Do not submit an abstract that contains Distribution D, Unclassified Export Controlled Technical Data. If an abstract is accepted for a presentation which will contain Distribution D content, the authors will be given instruction on how to submit that presentation in accordance with NDIA procedures for handling Unclassified Export Controlled Technical Data. The title of any presentation that will contain controlled unclassified information (CUI) must itself be approved for public release.


Authors who are DoD Contractors will be required to submit an Employment Verification Letter and a copy of their companies’ DD2345 – Military Critical Technical Data Agreement from for access to or presentation in Distribution D sessions. Government employees/active-duty military will be required to present a valid CAC card when accessing these sessions/content.


NOTE: This conference is an unclassified conference. DO NOT submit an abstract for a presentation that is classified.


Submission Schedule
Authors should submit abstracts relevant to the abstract categories. Abstracts should be clear and address Armament System technologies, enablers, and integration providing benefits to the community at large.


Submission Deadline:       Monday, June 21, 2021
Notification Deadline:      Friday, July 30, 2021
Final Program:                 Thursday, September 30, 2021


While the division strongly discourages marketing, it is recognized that presentations involving innovation, emerging technologies and new systems may have the appearance of a “sales pitch.” The division encourages the innovation and initiative of companies, commands and individuals who are addressing solutions to capability gaps, advancing the state of the art, addressing weapon system integration providing unique production capabilities or related supporting capabilities. Attention to “lessons learned,” operational capability and evolving impact of industrial base capability are of interest. International participation is welcomed.


It is the responsibility of each author to obtain approval to attend sufficiently far in advance of the conference to allow NDIA to publish an accurate program.


Abstracts for Poster Session
Poster presentations are an effective approach to exchange program and technology information. Authors may choose to have both presentations and participation in a poster session or select the one most appropriate for the topics. Poster session participation enables the presenter an opportunity for direct discussion of the subject with individual attendees. Authors submitting abstracts are asked to identify if a poster or oral presentation is desired, or both.


Poster Session Rules
If accepted for the poster session, authors must follow these rules:


  • Each poster presenter will be provided a bulletin board which is used to display the poster. The size of the bulletin board is 2ft wide by 3ft tall.
  • Posters must be placed in their designated location at the beginning of the conference.
  • Poster presenters must be at their poster during the reception and scheduled breaks.
  • Poster sessions will be in uncontrolled spaces and therefore should not contain any restricted access information. A poster found to have restricted access content will be promptly removed.
  • Poster must conform to size guidelines distributed to accepted authors.


Submission Guidelines
Abstracts must be submitted electronically through the NDIA abstract portal. All requested information must be completed for the abstract to be considered. Once an abstract has been submitted, a confirmation email will be sent to the principal author.


All information submitted must be Distribution A, cleared for public release, even for presentations being proposed for Distribution D session. No Distribution D information should be submitted as a part of an abstract.

Each author must provide the following date:


Principal Author/Presenter: the full name and contact information for the principal author. This person is the main contact for the abstract/presentation and will receive all notifications, confirmation, and further instructions from NDIA. They will also be listed as the presenter in the conference program if the abstract is selected for presentation.


Additional Authors: Any additional authors for the abstract submission should be listed in this area and their names will appear on the “Additional Authors” page in the conference program.


Author Biographies (2000-character limit): The presenter’s biography must be submitted here for use by the session chair during the conference. Short introductory comments are preferred.


Conference Track: Please select the category to which your abstract belongs (i.e. Small Arms, GARM or Unconventional Emerging Technology Armament Systems).


Presentation Preference: Please choose either presentation, poster session, or both.


Access Restriction: Please indicate one of the following:

  • Distribution A – Approved for Public Release
  • Distribution D – Department of Defense and U.S. DoD Contractors (Joint Certification Program)
  • U.S. Citizens Only


Title (200-character limit): Please enter the title of the presentation.


Text (5000-character limit): Place the content of the abstract here. Do not insert graphics or tables.


Multiple Submissions
Authors may submit multiple abstracts for presentations. However, the maximum number of presentations allowed for any author is two. This allows for the broadest range of technical presentations.


Tips for Authors
Since numerous abstracts will be submitted, it is important that the abstract clearly outline the summary of the project objectives, results, benefits to the warfighter an US and allies defense capability. Abstracts with direct link to the Armament Conference theme and discuss specific capability benefits have the best chance of being selected. Preference will be given to those abstracts that provide a concise and thorough summary of the project objectives and results. Make your title as concise as possible to facilitate its listing in the conference program. Submissions must be appropriate for an open 20-minute oral presentation which includes 5 minutes for questions and answers. Presentation guidelines will be provided with notices of presentations selected.


It is the author’s responsibility to secure approval for participation and travel prior to submitting an abstract.




Regarding Program Content


Regarding Abstract Submission