Theme and Overview

NDIA welcomes the participation of both domestic and allied fuze designers, manufacturers and component suppliers, and research organizations along with government representatives to submit an abstract for the 65th Annual Fuze Conference. This year’s theme is Keeping Pace with Challenging Fuze Applications. This conference provides the opportunity to discuss and share ideas on advancements within the fuze community as well as ways of continuing technological advancements during the pandemic. Please join us and share your successes and lessons learned.

Paper Classification

The 65th Annual Fuze Conference is UNCLASSIFIED to support the individual presentation of technical papers by military, government, and industry executives and technical personnel. This event will include sessions with open discussions, Distribution A content, and closed discussions, 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)

Do not submit an abstract that contains Distribution D or Unclassified Export Controlled Technical Data. If an abstract is accepted for a presentation that will contain Distribution D content, the authors will be given instructions 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 form (Military Critical Technical Data Agreement) 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. The meeting format has been established to support the individual presentation of technical papers by military, government, and industry executive 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, 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 can make a request to have specific papers, 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.

Presenters are encouraged to select fresh topics that would be of interest to an audience of fuze managers and technical personnel. Presentation of papers by foreign partners is encouraged.


Individuals are required to submit a concise abstract of 2,000 characters or less no later than Friday, December 10, 2021. Authors will be notified whether their proposed paper has been accepted for presentation mid-January 2022.

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 twenty (20) minutes, including five (5) minutes for questions. Abstracts, papers, and presentations for the "Open Session" will feature 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" or "Closed/Distro D."

Please note that this event is planned to be held fully in-person (with no virtual options).

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
  • EOD Consideration

Fuze Component Technology

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


  • Fuze Setters
  • Safety & Reliability
  • Data Recorders
  • Commercial & Government Standards
  • Software Safety Validation & Verification

Design Descriptions

  • Fuzing Systems
  • Fault-Tolerant Safety Architectures

Questions about the Call for Abstracts? Please contact Jacqueline Dupre at jdupre@NDIA.org or Kirkland Dickson at kdickson@NDIA.org.