2019 Weapons – Sensors – Autonomy

Communities of Interest (CoIs), Independent Research & Development (IR&D), Technology Interchange Meetings (TIMs)

During the week of 1-5 April 2019, DoD’s Weapons, Sensors, and Autonomy Communities of Interest (COIs) have joined together to sponsor the crosscutting 2019 Weapons – Sensors – Autonomy Communities of Interest (CoIs) Independent Research & Development (IR&D) Technology Interchange Meetings (TIMs) being held in parallel with the National Defense Industrial Association’s (NDIA) 20th annual Science & Engineering Technology (S&ET) Symposium in San Diego, CA. The venue is expected to be the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley, San Diego, CA. The invitation is open to all industry IR&D participants, including large and small businesses, as well as academia.

This engagement has broad goals to increase awareness, stimulate collaboration, and seek alignment between industry’s IR&D innovative portfolios and DoD’s high-priority science and technology needs. Leading Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) from DoD’s Weapons-Sensors-Autonomy CoIs are expected to participate.

The data presented on this webpage is also included in the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO)  announcement. Only one announcement is anticipated for this event in the FBO site. Any further detail adjustments and updates will only be posted on this webpage.

This meeting will focus on the following crosscutting focus areas:


This is a new Sensors subarea, with strong Weapons and Autonomy components. Radio Frequency (RF) and Electro Optics (EO)/Infra-Red (IR) target ID, cross cueing and sensor fusion, Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms for real time target detection, classification, tracking. Target detection for bi-Static and multi-Static radar, Autonomy focus that automates the battlefield, with advanced algorithms, augmented reality, autonomous vehicles, and asymmetric vision.

Sharing your IR&D Projects

Nominated projects shall reside in the secure IR&D database. Each IR&D topic summary submitted into the IR&D database will generate an eight-digit (Example: 18001111) Record Number as a unique identifier. The nomination process will be complete once an email with the Record Number(s) of your submission(s) is submitted to dtic.belvoir.ecm.list.weapons-marketplace@mail.mil using the excel spreadsheet you received when expressing interest in this event. If you do not receive confirmation your submission was received within one week, please resend original email.

If the IR&D data being nominated is not in the IR&D database, please click on "Submit your IR&D project data here" on the right-hand-column of the webpage. Follow the input format to submit your project nominations. To obtain access to the IR&D database, please visit our Industry webpage. If this is your first time responding to an announcement, obtaining the required access to the IR&D database may take one week.

If the IR&D data being nominated is already in the database, you will not need to re-enter this data. Simply email the excel spreadsheet containing a list of the Record Number(s) (total limit of 30 with no more than ten for each COI domain, to the same dtic.belvoir.ecm.list.weapons-marketplace@mail.mil email address by COB 16 January 2019. Submission of these records does not guarantee participation in the event. Nominations received after the closing date and/or not initially submitted to the IR&D database will NOT be accepted.

Mark your calendars!

Don’t miss the opportunity to meet with DoD’s experts in Weapons, Sensors, and Autonomy technologies in
April 2019!!