A different view of technology in defence
May14

A different view of technology in defence

In one of my first Tech Watch columns in Vanguard published in 2014, which came out after the announced changes to the previous Industrial Regional Benefits policy in Canada. The changes, which would incentivized defence contractors to focus investments in Canadian technologies that would contribute to Canada’s long-term technology objectives, caused me to be exuberant and idealistic about the...

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Connecting data with AI and analytics
May01

Connecting data with AI and analytics

Recently, J. Richard Jones, Executive Editor of Vanguard spoke with Steve Bennett, Director, Global Government Practice at SAS on CGE Radio Show. CGE (Canadian Government Executive) is the sister publication of Vanguard that reaches senior public service executives in Canada. Steve Bennett is a thought leader in decision science and the application of analytics in Government. He has a...

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Key government digitization trends to be explored at executive conference
Mar28

Key government digitization trends to be explored at executive conference

Service delivery, change management, performance measurement, big data, transparency, digital transformation, transportation, and innovation, are all important digitization buzzwords in government today. Canadian Government Executive, a sister publication of Vanguard, is hosting its CGE Leadership and TechGov Summit, a two-day conference designed with the aim to provide a deeper insight into these important pillars within government. The public sector...

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The Perfect Cut-Out: When Global Politics, Espionage and Greed Converge with Technology
Mar07

The Perfect Cut-Out: When Global Politics, Espionage and Greed Converge with Technology

Fluid, agile and accessible – the malicious use of technology can range from simple, uncoordinated attacks to complex, highly coordinated persistence. Figuring as tool in the commission of a crime or as a delivery system to exploit many vectors, ‘technology for bad’ is not new, but what we have seen recently is – and it’s troubling. When mixed with...

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Practical lessons in ISS: A roundtable with PAL Aerospace, Peraton Canada, and Thales
Feb28

Practical lessons in ISS: A roundtable with PAL Aerospace, Peraton Canada, and Thales

I founded OMX in 2012 as a collaborative platform to access opportunities at every stage of the procurement process. For most people, “procurement” simply means acquiring or building something. But for those of us in the defence sector, procurement extends to maintenance and upkeep – both in terms of physical parts and the training required to service the program....

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Technology and Philosophy: An Exoteric View of Zero-Trust and Federated Identity
Feb26

Technology and Philosophy: An Exoteric View of Zero-Trust and Federated Identity

Whether it is a malicious attack or an inadvertent release on protected or classified data, a breach of government data can level a severe blow to integrity and reputation, leading to legal and legislative consequences that impact partners, allies and the public. For those reasons, cybersecurity and privacy practices for the protection of electronic information go hand-in-hand. The verification...

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