Sharing the vision: A call for a common C4ISR understandingAs a global company reaching into over 50 countries and as a prime contractor to the Canadian Armed Forces on a wide spectrum of C4ISR and related systems, Thales has acquired extensive experience developing...
Flick of a switch: The embedded model for building C4ISR muscle memorySeveral years ago, a Middle Eastern country invested in a command and control (C2) system for one of its combat vehicle fleets. Although the system came with transit cases on which soldiers could practice,...
Designing the Joint architectureAs a former Snowbird Coordinator and Commanding Officer of 437 Transport Squadron, Colonel Andy Cook has every right to be impressed by cutting-edge technology and dazzling displays – in 2011, he even...
New frigate systems deliver better maritime pictureMuch like taking a new high-end car out for a test drive, once you've put it through its paces, it's hard to consider climbing back into your old clunker. So Commander Jeff Murray's reaction to HMCS Fredericton...
Leveraging analytics for smarter defenceGlobally, defence and intelligence organizations are facing challenges requiring them to transform and embrace alliance operations as they encounter unpredictable, asymmetric threats while adhering to...
In The News
Weary industry representatives could be excused for thinking it was an early April Fool's prank. The government on Tuesday released the long-anticipated Request for Proposals for a capability to replace its existing fixed-wing search and rescue fleet of CC115 Buffalo and CC130H Hercules aircraft. According to National Defence, the aim is to "procure a fleet [...]
On the same day the federal government released the much-anticipated Request for Proposals for a new fleet of fixed-wing search and rescue aircraft, one of the program's leading contenders, Airbus Defence and Space, signed a letter of intent with Provincial Aerospace to explore opportunities to extend their relationship beyond the program. Provincial Aerospace is the [...]
Tail number 705 touched down on the tarmac of 8 Wing Trenton Monday, marking delivery of a fifth CC-177 Globemaster to the Royal Canadian Air Force. The acquisition of the Boeing strategic airlifter, which was met by Defence Minister Jason Kenney and RCAF commander Lieutenant-General Yvan Blondin, was announced in December to augment a fleet [...]
Recent developments in Canada have complicated the issue of carrying computers, smartphones, and other electronic devices across the border. Canada Border Services Agency’s decision to charge a Quebec man for allegedly refusing to divulge his Blackberry password is leaving individuals and businesses pondering how to effectively safeguard sensitive business and personal information while fully complying [...]
The annual Canadian Intelligence Conference, conducted by the Canadian Military Intelligence Association, aims to provide a forum for informed and responsible discussion of Canadian intelligence issues. When it gathered in October in Ottawa, broader issues related to military intelligence were front and centre. The opening keynote was something of a "state of the union" address [...]
Focus On: Technology
"Read a book a month" was my modest resolution in January 2014. And as 2014 wrapped up, as I was cramming four books into the last week of December, the Canadian defence industry received its much anticipated “gift” from the government, the Value Proposition Guide. The guide, which serves as the playbook for how prime [...]
Canada has an enviable history of strength in photonics research and technology development, with an international reputation and advanced research facilities that continue to attract some of the brightest minds. Ottawa is the birthplace of several groundbreaking communication technologies, including fibre Bragg gratings (FBGs) and the foundations of coherent optical communication. It is home to [...]
It is clear that perfect cyber security does not exist and that centralized communications hubs can be vulnerable to attacks. But scientists have been moving closer to a potential solution while trying to answer one of nature’s riddles: "How does a school of fish defend itself from a shark attack?" Like many seemingly complex natural [...]