23rd Global Demilitarization Symposium & Exhibition Abstracts

Theme and Overview

NDIA will be co-hosting the 23rd Annual Global Demilitarization Symposium, co-located with the 3rd Annual Future Force Capabilities Conference and Exhibition, September 25-28, 2023 at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, AL. This event will continue to support the U.S. Department of Defense and Industry in its global efforts directed at reducing the stockpile of excess and obsolete strategic, tactical, and conventional munitions.

The Symposium will feature keynote speakers from the U.S. Army, industry, and exhibits as well as concurrent breakout sessions. The agenda focuses on strategic demilitarization/disposal requirements, demilitarization R&D efforts resource recovery, recycling, and reuse operations and programs; sale of recovered demilitarization materials; and environmental, safety and policy issues that affect the Demilitarization Enterprise.

Abstract Classification

This conference is UNCLASSIFIED to support the individual presentation of technical presentations 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 presentations by military, government, and industry executive and technical personnel. Abstracts can be submitted for presentation at an “Open Session” or a “Distribution D/Closed Session.” Classified abstracts will not be accepted. Based on historical precedent, Open Session abstracts and papers have a greater likelihood of being selected. Where possible, related abstracts will be grouped together to enhance audience interest and participation.


Individuals are required to submit a concise abstract of 4000 characters or less no later than Monday May 15, 2023.  Authors will be notified whether their proposed abstract has been accepted for presentation on or about June 1, 2023.

Please upload your abstract here and complete ALL required information. All abstracts must be submitted electronically in accordance with specific instructions below.


Presentation 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 and presentations for the “Open Session” may feature an international audience. Abstracts and presentations for the “Distribution D/Closed Session” must be approved for limited distribution. Please be sure to label your presentation with the following:

  • Industry: “Unclassified” on each slide.
  • Government: “Distribution Statement A, Approved for Public Release. Distribution Unlimited” on each slide.

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

  • Efficient disposal of Anti-personnel Munitions (APM).
  • Closed Disposal Alternatives to Open Burn/Open Disposal (OB/OD) of Military Munition.
  • Size Reduction capability technologies.
  • Changes in EPA regulation in reference to RCRA impacting future Demil CONUS Operations. Safety/Environmental Related Initiatives
  • Future Capabilities addressing stockpile Gaps. Solutions to Munitions Demil/Disposal Challenges. Technology Developments/Emerging Technologies.
  • Multi-purpose Demilitarization Systems. Omnivorous Demilitarization Technologies.
  • R&D Thrust Areas:
    • Advanced Destruction Methods
    • Resource, Recovery, and Recycling (R3) Methods. Innovative Use and Sale of Reclaimed/Recycled Material
    • Advanced Removal and Processing of Propellant and Energetics
    • Advanced Waste Stream Management
    • Advanced Munitions Disassembly
  • Workload Optimization Tools and Best Practices
  • Emerging Static Detonation Chamber Technology. Thermal Treatment Technology (>/= 6 1/2 lbs Net Explosive Weight)


Questions about the Call for Abstracts? Please contact Rhea Ambanta at rambanta@NDIA.org.