Abstracts Due: June 5, 2023

Author Notification: June 30, 2023

The 26th Annual Systems and Mission Engineering Conference will convene on October 16 - 19, 2023, at the Hilton Norfolk - The Main, in Norfolk, VA.  We invite high-quality professional abstracts for technical presentation.

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The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Systems Engineering Division with co-sponsorship from the NDIA Test & Evaluation Division and NDIA Integrated Program Management Division. 

Partnership of these three Divisions is critical to the transformation of Systems Engineering.  Key areas of opportunity for benefit from cross-division collaboration include shifting test earlier in the system development lifecycle, digital engineering, modeling, product line engineering, iterative development methods, and new risk models to ensure system survivability and cyber resiliency. 

We look to this community and our extended partners to generate innovative ideas, thus reinvigorating the commitment to provide critical system capabilities and ensure US technical capability advantage.  


The Systems and Mission Engineering conference brings together defense community members from industry, government, and academia to highlight ways for improving defense acquisition and system performance.  This conference provides an interactive forum for Program Managers, Systems Engineers, Chief Scientists, Specialty Engineers and Managers.


Participants will have an opportunity to shape policy and procedures by exchanging innovative methods and lessons learned in the following trending topic areas. However, the topics are not limited to what is below and we would like to encourage any other topics that will contribute to the overall quality and content presented at our conference. 

Enabling Agile Throughout the Lifecycle
Mission Engineering / System of Systems
Actionable Architecture / MOSA Impact
Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE)
Test & Evaluation
Digital Engineering Environment (DEE) 
Digital Twin
Physics-Based Modeling & Simulation
System Security Engineering (SSE)
Safety and Environmental Engineering (SEE)
Specialty Engineering (Human Systems, Reliability, Maintainability, Supportability)
Program Management
Education & Training
Other topics related to the above 


Interested participants are invited to submit a short (5000 characters/ estimated # words maximum) abstract of a presentation for a topic as listed to the left.  Abstracts must fully describe the planned content and how the presentations will advance the objectives of the conference and session. All accepted presentations will be delivered at the conference in electronic format.  Abstracts must be submitted no later than June 5, 2023 via the online submission page.


PowerPoint or equivalent slide presentation for 30 minutes total: 25 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for questions. Demos and video may be embedded in the presentation, authors will contact their accepting conference track leads for details on what can be presented.