Military Communications Conference
29 November–2 December 2021 // San Diego, CA, USA // In–Person Conference
Enabling All-Domain C2 and Communications

The 1st Annual IEEE Communications Society Demonstration Conference

For more than 35 years the MILCOM conference has served as the pre-eminent forum for sharing research related to the unique challenges of military communications. The contributions from and collaborations across academia, industry, and government have been a hallmark of the conferences since its inception. IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) and AFCEA International (AFCEA) are proud to jointly sponsor this conference and remain strongly committed to the event due to the increasing criticality of communications and networking to future military operations.


News and Announcements

Congratulations to the Award Recipients:

The Frederick W. Ellersick Award

Title: Analysis of Time-Sensitive MANET Channel Allocation in Contested Environments
Authors: Paul J. Nicolas*, Karla L. Hoffman+, Caleb P. Frey*
Author affiliation: * Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Labs, +: George Mason Univ.

The Lt. Gen. Gordon T. Gould, Jr. Award

Title: Autonomous Vehicle Intervention for Resilience in Time-Varying Networks
Authors: Jeffrey D. Poston, Jeremy J. Bruch, Adaleena Mookerjee, and David M. Stopp

Bose Best Paper Award 

Track 1: "Waveform Selection for Radar Tracking in Target Channels With Memory via Universal Learning"
Authors: Charles E. Thornton*, R. Michael Buehrer*, Anthony Martone+
Author affiliation: *Virginal Tech, + US ARL

Track 4: "Analysis of Time-Sensitive MANET Channel Allocation in Contested Environments"
Authors: Paul Nicholas*, Karla Hoffman+, Caleb Frey*
Author affiliation: *Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, +George Mason University

Registration Update


NOTE: The Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina is SOLD OUT. Nearby hotels include:

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, 1 Market Pl, San Diego, CA 92101, Reservations: 619-232-1234

Omni Hotel San Diego, 675 L Street, San Diego CA 92101, Reservations: 619-231-6664

Hilton San Diego Bayfront, 1 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101, Reservations: 619-564-3333

  1. MILCOM2021 is currently planned as an in-person conference. We encourage authors and attendees to participate in face-to-face technical exchanges for a fruitful conference experience.
  2. For an accepted paper to be published in the conference proceedings, the paper needs to have a full conference registration and be presented at the conference, according to IEEE Conference publication policies.
  3. Given the uncertainty of travel restrictions, we would recommend the author to have presentation arrangement if he/she cannot attend the conference in person. The authors can ask a colleague to present the paper for them, or have a pre-recorded video and ask the Session Chair to present it during the conference.
  4. Please notify the track chairs in advance and coordinate with the session chair if the author cannot make the travel to the conference.

These guidelines will be applicable not only to international authors but also to domestic authors as well.


Fully vaccinated Guests and Hotel Associates are NOT required to wear a face covering. Guests and Associates not fully vaccinated are required to wear a face mask.

Based on current guidance, high traffic areas have increased sanitization provided by the hotel.

Social distanced seating is no longer a requirement. We will be identifying entrances and exits to ensure traffic flow of our group to make things seamless. We also try our best to provide human arrows or printed directional signage directing guests to / from general session, exhibits and breakouts.

Based on our agenda we will be staggering break times to allow guests to easily travel to / from breakouts and / or restrooms.

Please be advised these policies may change leading up to the conference.

NEW! The organizers of MILCOM are pleased to announce the panel topics and panelists for this year's event. Panel organizers from IBM Research, Lockheed Martin, HP, DARPA, ONR, DEVCOM, Mathworks, Peraton Labs, Future Wireless Technologies and Duke University have put together an exciting program featuring 12 different panels on a wide variety of topics. Topics include:  Future of Cyberspace Technologies and Cyber Battleground; The Internet of Battlefield Things: From Research Priorities to Decision Overmatch; Secure Data Sharing at the Tactical Edge: The Intersection of Technology and Operations; Accelerating 5G/NextG Innovation, Competition and DoD Acquisition Options by Advancing Open Architecture and Open Interface Technologies and Standardization; and more! Check out the entire line then make sure to register by November 1st to get the Early Bird Rate

Register by November 7 to take advantage of the early bird rates for this conference. The "Full Rate" offers the best option with all meals included on Tuesday and Wednesday, access to all unclassified technical sessions and the exhibit hall, and conference proceedings. If you can't join us for the entire conference, sign up for one day of your choice. For those who are eligible, please register to attend either the restricted or classified sessions or both. 

Technical Tour Option

DroneLab logoRegistered delegates are invited during MilCom 2021 for an amazing, exclusive tour of the DroneLab and Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination at the Qualcomm Institute of the University of California San Diego. UCSD’s Dr Falko Kuester will give a fantastic talk about data fusion, spatial navigation, new forms of electronic visualization and how these sciences will soon vastly improve piloting, navigation and command and control of remotely operated vehicles of all kinds, including military drones. Preference to active-duty military and close family. Transportation provided.

Actual tour participants are limited to the first 14 people who appear at or before 1:30pm on Monday and Tuesday in the Pre-Function Area (close to the Registration Desk).

As a reminder, please bring your business card (or other paper with your name shown) to the WayViz booth, Booth #4.


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