The 64th Annual NDIA Fuze Conference welcomes the participation of both domestic and allied fuze designers, manufacturers and component suppliers, and research organizations along with government representatives. This year’s theme is “Continued Fuze Advancements amid a Global Pandemic.” Because of COVID-19, we have seen a dramatic shift in response to the pandemic throughout the Fuze community. Both government and industry have  built ways to cope with the pandemic and continue making advancements to meet the users’ needs. As the pandemic continues to cause more businesses to shift, this conference provides the opportunity to discuss and share ideas on advancements within the Fuze community as well as  ways of making ongoing technological advancements during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Please join us and share your successes and lessons learned.

Paper Classification

This event is UNCLASSIFIED to support the individual presentation of technical papers by military, government, and industry executives and technical personnel. Papers can be submitted for presentation at an “Open Session” or a “Distribution D/Closed Session.” Classified abstracts or papers will not be accepted. Based on historical precedent and due to the possible transition of this event to an all-virtual format, Open Session abstracts and papers have a greater likelihood of being selected. Where possible, related papers will be grouped together to enhance audience interest and participation. Authors may request to have specific papers that are related to theirs be grouped together, based on availability. Papers are solicited for topics relating to requirements, technical developments, and innovation; program status; and methods of addressing DoD- and STANAG- mandated changes. Authors are encouraged to select fresh topics that would be of interest to an audience made up of Fuze managers and technical personnel. The presentation of papers by foreign partners is encouraged.


Individuals are required to submit a concise abstract of 5,000 characters or less no later than Wednesday, February 10, 2021. Authors will be notified whether their proposed paper has been accepted for presentation at the end of February or in early March 2021.

Please take a moment to review the 2021 Abstract Submission Instructions PDF.

Please upload your abstract via the NDIA web site here and complete ALL required information. ALL papers will be submitted electronically in accordance with specific instructions included in author notification.


Paper Requirements

Presentations should be in Microsoft PowerPoint format (all versions accepted). Oral presentations will be limited to 20 minutes, including five (5) minutes for questions.

Note: In the event that this conference transitions to an all-virtual format, NDIA may not be permitted to support Distribution D presentations online. As such, authors who have submitted a Distribution D abstract may be asked to transition their presentation from Distribution D to Distribution A.

Abstracts, papers, and presentations for the “Open Session” will have an international audience. Abstracts and presentations for the “Distribution D/Closed Session” must also be approved for limited distribution. Please be sure to label your paper as “Open,” “Distribution D/Closed,” or “Distribution D with the option to transition to Distribution A.” Authors will also be asked to indicate whether their abstract is for an in-person-only, virtual-only, or in-person-only presentation with the option to transition to virtual presentation.

More information about Distribution D sessions can be found on our Security Clearance webpage

The following subjects are suggested, although submissions are not limited to subjects in these categories of Fuze Technology:

Fuze Programs Explosives

  • Development
  • Devices
  • Production
  • Explosive Trains
  • Demilitarization
  • Initiation Methods
  • Materials/Processes/Testing

Fuze Component Technology

  • Fuzing Requirements
  • Electronic Components
  • Analyses
  • Environmental Sensors
  • Materials
  • MEMS
  • Processes
  • Power Sources
  • Testing Methods
  • Safety & Arming Devices


  • Fuze Setters
  • Safety & Reliability
  • Data Recorders
  • Commercial & Gov. Standards

Design Descriptions

  • Fuzing Systems

 Questions about the Call for Abstracts? Please contact Carizza Rosales at crosales@ndia.org or (703) 247-2599.


64th Annual Fuze Conference