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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. This year’s theme is Fuzing in the Age of Unmanned Weapon Systems. This conference provides the opportunity to discuss and share ideas on advancements within the Fuze community as well as their ways of continuing technological advancements. Please join us and share your successes and lessons learned.

Abstract Requirements

Individuals are required to submit a concise abstract of 4000 characters or less no later than Monday, June 24, 2024. Authors will be notified whether their proposed abstract has been accepted for presentation on or about late June to mid July 2024.

Please upload your abstract 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. To assure your presentation is posted with the event proceedings and on DTIC, it must be marked as follows:

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

Speakers are responsible for assuring their material is approved and properly marked for public release. Presentations that are not properly marked as approved for public release will not be posted. These instructions do not apply to Distribution D presentations.

Topics of Interest

Fuze Program Topics of Interest

• Development
• Devices
• Production
• Explosive Trains
• Demilitarization
• Initiation Methods
• Materials/Processes/Testing
• EOD Consideration
• Fuze Qualification

Design Descriptions

• Fuzing Systems
• Fault-Tolerant Safety Architectures

Fuze Component Technology

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

Engineering Topics of Interest

• Fuze Seters
• Safety & Reliability
• Data Recorders
• Commercial & Government Standards
• Software Safety Validation & Verification
• Testing Methods and Results

Abstract Classification

The 67th Annual Fuze 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 contains 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. Abstracts are solicited for topics relating to requirements, technical developments, 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. Presentations by foreign partners are encouraged.

Questions? - NDIA Staff Contact