Military Communications Conference
29 November - 2 December 2021 // San Diego // USA

Call for Papers

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MILCOM 2021 solicits technical papers and proposals for tutorials and panels on current and emerging topics applicable to all facets of military communications. We encourage professionals in industry, academia, and government worldwide to contribute and participate. Student travel grants will be available and awarded on a competitive basis.The general forum will be open to all and accepted papers will be published in IEEE Xplore. There will also be a Restricted Access Program to support Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) materials and a Classified Program.

Technical Papers

Unclassified Technical Program

The unclassified technical program provides a venue for papers and presentations that do not include ITAR-sensitive, CUI, classified, or proprietary information. EDAS will be used for all unclassified submissions. The following five tracks and three special sessions have been established to submit papers. Contributions are welcome on (but not limited to) academic, operational, conceptual, and any other aspects of current or anticipated military communications, information management, cyber security, Command and Control, systems and systems of systems, and other current and related topics. MILCOM 2021 welcomes submissions from researchers, inventors, and technology leaders from government, military services, industries, research laboratories, and universities. For questions about length of submission, please contact individual track chairs.

TRACK 1 – Waveforms and Signal Processing
e.g., Antennas & RF; Cognitive Radio; Modulation & Coding; LPD/LPI/LPE/LPG; Software-Defined Radio

TRACK 2 – Networking Protocols and Performance
e.g., Ad Hoc, Mesh, & Cooperative Networks; SDN; Information Centric Networking; Network Science

TRACK 3 – Cyber Security and Trusted Computing
e.g., APT Detection & Mitigation; DevOps; Key Management; Tactical Cloud Security; Emerging Concepts

TRACK 4 – Architectures, Applications, and System of Systems Perspectives
e.g., Airborne Networks; SATCOM; Proliferated LEO Architectures; JADC2; Interoperability

TRACK 5 – Special Topics in Military Communications
e.g., Adversarial Machine Learning, Machine Learning at the Edge; Artificial Intelligence; Big Data

Special Session - Network Localization & Navigation SS
Special Session – Internet of Battlefield Things (IoBT)
Special Session – NATO and Other Coalition Operations
Special Session – Communications in Urban and Subterranean Environments
Special Session - Named Data Networking (NDN)


Restricted Access and Classified Technical Programs

The restricted access and classified technical programs provide avenues for papers, panels, and workshops that contain CUI or classified content, respectively. Attendance, participation, and paper authorship will be limited to US Citizens holding the appropriate levels of security clearance. Please email the program chairs directly for submission instruction. Please contact the restricted program chairs at

Tutorials and Panels

MILCOM 2021 also solicits proposals for half-day Tutorials and Technical Panels that will be part of the unclassified general forum. Relevant topics include emerging and state-of-the-art communications and networking technologies, cyber security, and innovative techniques applied to military communications.

Important Dates for MILCOM 2021

Draft Papers, Tutorials, and Panels: 15 August 2021
Draft Special Session Papers: 29 August 2021

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