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From wearables to virtual reality: Canadian companies breaking new ground
May13

From wearables to virtual reality: Canadian companies breaking new ground

I always love going to San Francisco. Minutes after wheels touch down, I can feel the energy of a city and culture fuelled by dreams of the future. If it is true that it’s socially acceptable to “talk politics all night long” to a stranger in a hotel lobby in Washington, D.C., then in San Francisco that same currency...

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Smart gun: A test bed for the army’s next-generation rifle
May06

Smart gun: A test bed for the army’s next-generation rifle

When Defence Research and Development Canada released photos of a prototype for an integrated assault rifle in February, the media reaction was immediate: Canada’s defence scientists had been watching too many science fiction movies and playing too many video games. The gun, claimed the headlines, had been designed for The Fifth Element or was destined for the next version...

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Time to execute on value propositions
Mar31

Time to execute on value propositions

“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 contractors should deliver their...

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A silver bullet for water treatment
Jan21

A silver bullet for water treatment

Water purification and treatment technology developed specifically for power plants, commercial buildings, hospitals and other sensitive military and civilian installations may be finding a new set of military and shipbuilding applications. Silver Bullet Water Treatment Company, a mostly Canadian owned tech SME, with offices in Charlottetown, Ottawa, Toronto, and Denver, originally developed its innovative technology to treat water from...

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Resolving Canada’s fighter jet dilemma: Are drones and missiles the answer?
Oct28

Resolving Canada’s fighter jet dilemma: Are drones and missiles the answer?

Ottawa appears committed to purchasing (medium range) fifth generation fighter aircraft to defend Canadian sovereignty and to contribute to overseas operations in a support capacity. However, in the absence of a genuine defence review – and one that explicitly identifies conventional and non-conventional threats to Canada’s national security – it is difficult to comprehend what they would be used...

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Super Hornet: A better fit for Canada’s operating environment?

A report released earlier this week by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives once again raises concerns about the reliability of a single engine in Canada’s replacement for the CF-18 fighter aircraft. In “One Dead Pilot: Single-Engine F-35 a Bad Choice for Canada’s Arctic,” Michael Byers, Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at the University of...

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