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The buzz around procurement for the Canadian Armed Forces
Jul03

The buzz around procurement for the Canadian Armed Forces

A few weeks ago, I attended the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries’ major event of the year – CANSEC. As Canada’s largest defence trade show, CANSEC has been instrumental in bringing both local and international companies to showcase their innovative solutions for Canada. This year there was a slew of equipment, technologies and innovative solutions on display...

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The progress to date on Strong, Secure, Engaged
Apr30

The progress to date on Strong, Secure, Engaged

In June 2017, the Government of Canada released its new defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged (SSE), designed to guide defence priorities over the next two decades. This new policy is built on providing support to the brave men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and equipping National Defence to meet Canada’s defence needs locally and internationally. By...

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Removing the “boom and bust” periods of shipbuilding
Feb25

Removing the “boom and bust” periods of shipbuilding

During the previous two decades, shipbuilding in Canada had virtually ceased. With no new significant orders, local shipyards were becoming obsolete and the workforce was shrinking. However, in 2010, new life was injected into the marine industry with the announcement of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy, later renamed as the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). The Government of Canada decided...

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Cyber in warfare, security and intelligence
Jan02

Cyber in warfare, security and intelligence

Cyber–a word that is used to explain the culture of computers, information technology, and virtual reality–has evolved to another level over the years. Today, the prefix ‘cyber’ is attached to almost any other word to describe the technological aspect of the term being used. Examples include: cyber-security, cyber-attack, cyber-warfare, cyber-crime, cyber-terrorism, cyber-information, and I can go on and on,...

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Driving defence with innovation
Oct30

Driving defence with innovation

At the time of writing this piece, I’ve just returned from DEFSEC Atlantic 2018. DEFSEC is Canada’s second largest defence show, which attracts defence companies and attendees from across the country and even overseas to Halifax, NS each year. What we see at DEFSEC, as with other events within the industry, is the focus on technology. Digital transformation is...

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