Work with members of the Canadian Armed Forces

One of the things defence scientists say they enjoy the most about their jobs is the unique opportunity to work with experienced members of the Canadian Armed Forces. Their knowledge of the Canadian Armed Forces ’s capabilities, practices and culture helps to inform new scientific research, technologies and techniques that help make Canadian Armed Forces members safer and more effective during operations.

Working with Canadian Armed Forces members to develop science and technology is an opportunity that makes DRDC unique in the scientific community.

One defence scientist, Steven Hughes, said it best:

“I wanted to help make sure that our men and women in uniform, who make the ultimate sacrifice to protect our country and its citizens, have the right equipment and knowledge to carry out their missions effectively and with acceptable risk."

Steven, a former Director of Navy Science and Technology, is a Defence Scientist and the Executive Chair of The Technical Cooperation Program’s Maritime Systems Group

DRDC regularly participates in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, the world’s largest international maritime exercise comprised of nations with an interest in the Pacific Rim region. Conducted from the Hawaiian Islands and Pearl Harbour, this exercise provides an important training opportunity and a means to strengthen military-to-military partnerships as well as enhance interoperability between participating forces.

RIMPAC is a great opportunity for DRDC personnel to work alongside militaries from many different countries. Twenty-two nations participated in RIMPAC 2014, including the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia, among others. DRDC’s scientific teams are already preparing for the next RIMPAC exercise in 2016.

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