Last Chance to Submit Abstract | Future Force Capabilities Conference and Exhibition

2021 Future Force Capabilities Conference & Exhibition

Abstracts Due June 21

NDIA invites you to present at the first-ever Future Force Capabilities Conference and Exhibition, scheduled for October 18 – 21, 2021, in Columbus, GA. In reimagining last year’s Joint Armaments, Robotics, and Munitions Digital Experience by integrating the Global EOD community, this event will convene a variety of attendees to foster creative interdisciplinary conversation and collaboration. Accordingly, it marks an unparalleled opportunity to maximize your expertise and interests across multiple focus areas.

Submit your abstract by the deadline of this Monday, June 21. See below for the specific conference focus areas.

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Armament Categories:

Armament Modernization, Readiness, and Threat Response Overmatch
Armament Systems that Provide Joint Lethality in Contested Environments
Armament System Initiatives of the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and DARPA
Legacy System Enhancements and Readiness to Build a More Lethal Force
Platform Integration (Land, Sea, Air, Manned, and Autonomous)
Armament System Manufacturing and Readiness
Armament System Logistics and Maintenance
Armament System Training Systems
Signature Suppression Technology
International Participation by Allies and Partners

EOD Categories:

Advances in Sensitive Site Exploitation/Post-Blast Analysis/Technical Intelligence
Alternatives to Open Burn/Open Detonation and Insensitive Munitions Disposal
Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning
Chemical/Biological Agent Defeat
Counter Improvised Explosives Devices (CIED)
Counter Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD)
Counter Unexploded Ordnance (CUXO)
Humanitarian Mine Action Technology, Techniques, and Case Studies
Data Management, Visualization, and Information Sharing
EOD Response and Exploitation of Unmanned Vehicles (Air, Ground, and Underwater)

Robotics Categories:

Robotics Weapons Payloads
Robotics Non-Lethal Payloads
Robotic Sensor Payloads
Ground Robotic Platforms
Robotics Autonomy (Hardware and Software Technology)
Multi-Agent/”Swarm” Control and Capabilities

For complete details on the abstract and poster submission process, visit the event website or contact George Webster at

Exhibits, Sponsorships, & Live Fire Demo Opportunities

Looking to gain visibility and increase your brand exposure in front of the Armaments, Robotics, Munitions, and EOD communities?

Showcase your products or services by exhibiting. Visit the exhibits website to secure your booth space today!

Sponsorship opportunities are now available! Below you will find a few highlighted opportunities. For a complete list, please click here. Have something in mind that is not listed? Please reach out to create a customized sponsorship package that best fits your needs.

Networking Breaks | $4,500 per day

Reach attendees with your brand as they break for refreshments while mingling and building connections. Available Tuesday and Wednesday; includes both morning and afternoon breaks.

Mobile App | $6,000

The mobile app gives attendees access to exhibitor listings, product categories, education session information, and more. This sponsorship provides your company visibility before, during, and after the conference.

Patriot Sponsor | $1,500

Continue to support the community and increase your visibility at an affordable cost. Limited opportunities available and must be a Small Business to qualify.

The conference will conclude with a Live Fire Demonstration, taking place on October 21. Don’t miss the opportunity to demonstrate your products or new technology during this unique and interactive event. For more information, please visit the Live Fire Demonstration website.

Contact Sarah O’Hanley at for more information in becoming an Exhibitor, Sponsor, or Live Fire Demonstrator.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

The Future Force Capabilities Conference and Exhibition planning team continue to monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Currently, the Future Force Capabilities Conference and Exhibition is scheduled to occur in person. The health and safety of our event participants, members, and partners remain our top priority. We are committed to following the guidelines and precautions as outlined by the CDC.

NDIA is fully prepared to adjust any and all plans if the situation changes. We are following—and will remain in compliance with—all city, state, and federal guidelines. If the direction from federal, state, or local official public health authorities changes, we will adhere to the new guidance, act upon it immediately, and update everyone. We are fully prepared to adjust our plans as needed.

The NDIA team recognizes the importance of convening the national security and defense communities to promote the best policies, practices, products, and technology for warfighters and others who ensure the safety and security of our nation. We thank you for your continued support and hope to see you soon.

For more information and updates from NDIA about COVID-19, please refer to the NDIA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update Page.

More information about the event will follow, so please continue to visit the event website for updates.

Questions? Contact Meredith Mangas at

October 18 – 21, 2021

Columbus Georgia Convention & Trade Center
801 Front Ave
Columbus, GA 31901

Meredith Mangas
Associate Director, Meetings
(703) 247-9467

National Defense Industrial Association
2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 700
Arlington, VA 22201

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