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CSSP introduces match-making board to connect prospective partners

June 18, 2024

The Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP) acts as a bridge between the safety and security needs of all levels of government, with science and technology solutions developed in partnership with industry and academia. That’s why the CSSP has launched a message board to connect prospective partners during its 2024 call for proposals.

Canadian Army Podcast | Defence Research and Development Canada (S5 E6)

June 13, 2024

It’s no secret that science drives innovation, and the same is true in warfare. Jean-François Morel is the Director General of R&D Science and Engineering at Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC).

“The problem is too big to tackle alone”: Collaborative program of work enables knowledge sharing on climate change and security

June 4, 2024

Climate change has significant and complex implications for defence and security.

The Canadian Safety and Security Program has launched its 2024 Call for Proposals. Apply now.

June 3, 2024

The Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP) has launched eight new science and technology (S&T) challenges to improve public safety and security capabilities in Canada.

Making abstract and complex systems understandable: DRDC uses animation to create digital models to support research and development

May 28, 2024

Powerful systems can create realistic simulations that bring new worlds to life in video games and animation, but Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) is using these systems to simulate the real world and address a variety of military needs.


May 22, 2024

DRDC staff are looking forward to connecting with current and potential partners in person at CANSEC from May 29 to 30, 2024 in Ottawa, Ontario.

DRDC helps detect dark vessels

May 21, 2024

When it comes to illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing, it’s important that Canada is not in the dark. IUU fishing contributes to marine habitat destruction and declining fish stocks, representing up to 26 million tonnes of fish caught annually.

Learning to fly: DRDC research examines virtual reality training for pilots

May 16, 2024

Virtual reality can make you feel like you’re really in the cockpit of an airplane and new research is showing it can be used effectively in training Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) pilots, according to defence scientist Dr. Ramy Kirollos.

Government of Canada officially opens state-of-the-art ocean research facility; powered by green technology

May 13, 2024

The Government of Canada supports stronger and more collaborative federal science, to ensure scientists and researchers have access to the world-class facilities and tools they need to achieve scientific excellence and innovation.

DRDC developed software to improve the Canadian disruptive pattern (CADPAT)

May 13, 2024

With support from the Canadian Army, scientists at Defence Research and Development Canada, have developed the design for a new Canadian Disruptive Pattern or CADPAT camouflage material.

DRDC conducts research to support Canadian Public Safety Broadband Network

May 10, 2024

When an emergency such as a natural disaster, or terrorist attack occurs, cellular networks in proximity to the incident can experience disruptions or possibly outages.

DRDC participates in multinational experiment Project Convergence CAPSTONE 4

May 7, 2024

Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) experimented with two artificial intelligence (AI) enabled technologies to improve sensing and surveillance, in the multinational experiment Project Convergence CAPSTONE 4, held from February 18 to March 20, 2024 in Fort Irwin, California.

DRDC tests Arctic survival kits for military aircraft with Allies

May 2, 2024

Surviving a plane crash in the Arctic is dependent on having the right equipment and skills to withstand the extreme temperatures and avoid cold weather injuries until rescue.

DND/CAF announces new Science Integrity Lead (SIL)

April 9, 2024

DND/CAF is pleased to announce a change in leadership for scientific integrity across the Defence Team, which applies to all members and employees who are involved in designing, conducting, communicating, managing, reviewing, or using defence research, science or related activities.

Canadian test centres and accelerators join NATO DIANA network

March 15, 2024

Today, the Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of National Defence; the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Member of Parliament for Waterloo; Andy Fillmore, Member of Parliament for Halifax; and Darren Fisher, Member of Parliament for Dartmouth—Cole Harbour congratulated two Canadian accelerators and 13 test centres that have joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic (DIANA) network.

Minister Blair announces investments in Canadian innovation and launches Artificial Intelligence Strategy at Ottawa Conference on Security and Defence

March 7, 2024

Today, the Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of National Defence, delivered a keynote speech at the 92nd annual Ottawa Conference on Security and Defence and discussed Canada’s national defence priorities.

Defence Team News: DRDC helps military members breathe easier during training

Video / March 7, 2024

DRDC helps military members breathe easier during training

March 1, 2024

Shaved skin used to be the only way to get a good seal and adequate respiratory protection wearing a gas mask, but research trials on a new respirator, called the C5B, promise a “breath of fresh air” during training drills for Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members who have beards, long hair, headdresses or uniquely shaped faces.

DRDC’s Centre for Security Science funds work on a portable platform for pathogen detection

February 14, 2024

The first step of addressing any sickness is figuring out the cause. Whether its for treatment or to avoid spreading it, diagnoses are necessary for dealing with illness.

Former CAF member to act as bridge to Canadian innovation for the Ukraine

February 13, 2024

When given the chance to serve her country and make a difference in the world, time and time again, Marie-Pierre Raymond has enthusiastically said yes.

Standardization is key to help militaries work together towards green future

February 9, 2024

Defence scientist Inbal Marcovitch is working to ensure that standardization is part of the process as Canada and its allies work to rapidly adopt new green military technologies to respond to the climate crisis.

DRDC investigates augmented reality for improved mission planning

February 8, 2024

Augmented reality offers potential advantages for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) to be able to visualize in three dimensions the battlespace both above and below the surface of the water.24

DRDC engineering group puts equipment to the test to simulate deep ocean conditions

February 5, 2024

Alexandra McLeod, a mechanical engineering technologist and leader of the maritime information systems and technology (MIST) group at the DRDC Atlantic Research Centre, explains how they use a high-pressure tank to ensure underwater equipment can withstand the pressure of the ocean depths.

Dalhousie University student discovers new career interest during co-op term with DRDC

January 24, 2024

Dalhousie University electrical engineering student Tristan Batchelor describes his experiences during a co-op term with Defence Research and Development Canada's Atlantic Research Centre in the fall of 2023.

Bot or not? Defence scientists detect deception online

January 8, 2024

The internet is widely used as a tool for entertainment, to connect with friends and family, and to learn new skills. However, it can also be a battlespace, and just like on land, sea and in aerospace, it’s important that Canada is prepared to face threats online.

DRDC demonstrates commercial satellites can be used for Arctic surveillance during Op NANOOK – TUUGAALIK – NUNAKPUT

December 20, 2023

Defence scientists with Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) experimented with commercial satellites in low earth orbit (LEO) for military intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) in the Arctic, during Operation NANOOK – TUUGAALIK – NUNAKPUT 2023.

Defence Team News: IDEaS Pop-up City Contest winner announced!

December 14, 2023

We’re “greening” temporary military camps! The Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security program recently declared a winner in a contest to develop more efficient and environmentally sustainable energy, water, and waste management systems for our camps.

Minister Blair congratulates successful Canadian innovators in first NATO DIANA challenges

December 8, 2023

As announced in 2022, NATO’s Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic (DIANA) is coming to Canada, with its North American Regional Office finding a home in Halifax.

IDEaS program invests in identifying malicious actors online

December 7, 2023

The Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program, working with the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM), has completed its first ever Test Drive - on detecting and identifying online cyber threats.

Innovation Day showcases science and technology for first responders and climate resilience

December 4, 2023

The Canadian Safety and Security Program hosted an Innovation Day in Ottawa on Nov. 16, 2023, focused on science and technology to bridge capability gaps for the first

Minister Blair concludes 15th Halifax International Security Forum

November 19, 2023

Today, the Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of National Defence, concluded his visit to Halifax, where he co-hosted the 15th annual Halifax International Security Forum (HISF) with HFX President Mr. Peter Van Praagh.

IDEaS Marketplace brings the defence innovation community together

November 10, 2023

IDEaS Marketplace provides innovators with an opportunity to network, create partnerships, and display their unique solutions.

National Defence releases strategy to advance climate resilience and environmental sustainability

November 7, 2023

The Department of National Defence (DND) and Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) released a strategy to improve its environmental sustainability and climate change resilience through our science, technology, and innovation research.

IDEaS invests in greening temporary camps for defence and beyond

November 7, 2023

The Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program recently awarded a $2-million grand prize in the Pop up city contest, to build more efficient “green” energy, water and waste management solutions for camps used by the Canadian Armed Forces.

Canadian Armed Forces continues 10-year long effort in Counter-Explosive capability building

November 2, 2023

Approximately 180 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members hosted nearly 150 members from partner nations for Exercise ARDENT DEFENDER, an international counter explosive exercise held at 5 Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown, New Brunswick, from October 20 to November 2, 2023.

DRDC helps pave the path to understanding risk and resilience: Supporting Canada’s National Risk Profile

October 26, 2023

Wildland fires, pandemics, floods, and more – Canada is increasingly feeling the consequences of extreme disasters.

New funding available: Advanced analytics and decision support for first responders

October 11, 2023

The Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP) is looking to develop several research micro-nets to advance the application of promising artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies to support first responders.

Securing the sea for Exercise CUTLASS FURY 2023

September 25, 2023

It’s hard to find a place that can serve as both a training ground for military ships and aircraft, and as a home to sensitive wildlife.

The future is electric – but what about Navy ships?

September 22, 2023

With electric cars becoming increasingly popular, it’s easy to see how quickly electrification is taking a hold of the car market – but what about Navy ships? Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) is tackling that very question.

DRDC at DEFSEC Atlantic

September 21, 2023

DRDC staff are looking forward to connecting with current and potential partners in person at DEFSEC Atlantic from October 3 to 5, 2023 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Going green in the Royal Canadian Navy: Full SPEED ahead

September 18, 2023

One of the best ways to increase energy efficiency is to map out how it is used and look for opportunities to cut back.

DRDC resuscitates life-saving blood product research for trauma patients

September 11, 2023

A Second World War-era innovation is being revived by a team of researchers in Toronto, that will improve care for trauma patients and possibly save lives of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members who are in combat or in remote locations.

When it’s literally too hot in here: DRDC researchers investigate how to keep CAF members cool

August 16, 2023

Coping with heat hasn’t been easy this summer. For many, it’s been finding air conditioning, gaining access to pools or some other means of cooling down.

DRDC tests early detection wildfire sensors

August 10, 2023

Millions of people worldwide can now recognize the burnt smell, the thick smoke, and the red haze of a fire burning kilometres away. With the effects of climate change increasing their number, frequency, and intensity, wildfires have spread across Canada at an unprecedented rate.

Anticipating emerging tech trends helps allies work together

July 31, 2023

Foresight analyst sounds like a job where you might need a crystal ball to go along with your degree, but as Inbal Marcovitch, a defence scientist with the Department of National Defence’s science and technology organization, Defence Research and Development Canada, explains, her work is more practical than mystical.

Exercise PRECISE RESPONSE 2023: Coordinating Common (De)Contamination Procedures

July 28, 2023

Testing chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) technology is no easy feat – but it’s made easier with friends. That’s why Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) is getting military personnel and scientists from around the world to put on their protective suits and get their gloves dirty at Exercise PRECISE RESPONSE (EX PR) 2023.

Navigation Warfare: Testing the World’s Most Advanced Military-Grade GPS System

July 24, 2023

DRDC tested the most-advanced military GPS technology to date – a system that has the potential to improve mission effectiveness, reduce risks to personnel, and enhance operational efficiency.

Game on! DRDC analysts are serious about war games

June 26, 2023

Serious gaming may seem like an oxymoron, but war games are a valuable tool for the Canadian Forces and government departments to work through complex problems with limited resources and sometimes competing agendas.

Remote Threat Detection: DRDC tests the limits of sensors on drones in NATO trial

June 14, 2023

DRDC researchers worked with NATO partners to test sensors on drones to look for improvised explosive devices (IED), mines, and unexploded ordinance in six scenarios including buildings, power transmission towers, and roads.

Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security program celebrates five years of transforming defence and security challenges into innovative solutions

June 13, 2023

In April 2023, the Defence IDEaS program marked 5 years of advancing its goals of building a defence innovation community, finding solutions, and pushing technology forward.

Marine Mammal Monitoring – Tracking whales with thermal cameras on drones

June 8, 2023

The Marine Mammal Monitoring (M3) program, led by Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), is helping the Department of National Defence/Canadian Armed Forces (DND / CAF) understand, monitor, reduce and mitigate its impact on the marine environment.

DND/CAF publishes implementation plan for quantum S&T strategy

March 27, 2023

The Department of National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces (DND/CAF) Quantum Science and Technology Strategy Implementation Plan, known as Quantum 2030, is a roadmap to ensuring DND/CAF is better prepared for the disruptive potential of quantum technologies for defence and security over the next seven years.

60 Seconds with Capt(N) Kelly Williamson and Christina Jutzi, Executive Committee members for Women in Defence and Security

March 9, 2023

Join Capt(N) Kelly Williamson and Christina Jutzi, as they team up to take on the 60 seconds challenge. They discuss the work of Women in Defence and Security (WiDS), breaking glass ceilings, and who inspires them.

Minister Anand updates National Defence stakeholders on progress to modernize the Canadian Armed Forces for tomorrow’s security challenges

March 9, 2023

Minister Anand also announced today that Canada has awarded a contract for the Redwing space domain awareness microsatellite project, valued at $15.8 million.

Moira Dunbar broke ground as first woman ice researcher in Canada’s High Arctic

March 8, 2023

On International Women's Day, DRDC is celebrating the distinguished scientific career of the late Moira Dunbar, who was the first woman ice researcher in Canada's High Arctic in the 1950s and the first woman researcher to use airborne radar to study ice in Canada's High Arctic.

NEOSSat's 10th anniversary in orbit

February 24, 2023

We celebrate the 10th anniversary of the launch of the NEOSSat microsatellite, the world's first space telescope dedicated to detecting and tracking asteroids, comets, satellites, and space debris.

60 seconds with Magaly Obas Compton, Policy Lead, Quantum and Emerging Science and Technology

February 23, 2023

Meet Magaly Obas Compton, the quantum and emerging science and technology policy lead at Defence Research and Development Canada, as she takes on the 60 seconds challenge to discuss her fascinating work supporting this important area of research.

DRDC research helps the Canadian Armed Forces protect whales during operations

February 16, 2023

Defence science and technology, led by Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), is helping the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) understand, monitor, reduce and mitigate its impact on the marine environment.

Defence scientist working on collaborative green energy research projects

February 7, 2023

The United Nations declared February 11 as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science in 2016 to encourage gender equality in science. This year, the international campaign is focusing on the role of women in advancing sustainable development goals including affordable and clean energy.

DRDC helps students and post graduates launch rewarding careers

January 24, 2023

On the International Day of Education, Defence Research and Development Canada is celebrating the contribution of students and post graduates to advancing science and technology for the Department of National Defence, Canadian Armed Forces, and public safety and security communities.

Register for the Defence Research and Development Canada outreach event on December 12, 2022

November 30, 2022

DRDC invites you to its 2022 outreach event on Monday, December 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. ET. This two-hour virtual event will provide you with the information you need to build a successful partnership with Canada’s leading defence science organization.

Government of Canada proposes Halifax as North American location for NATO’s Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic

November 18, 2022

Minister of National Defence, Anita Anand, announced today that Canada is proposing the Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia, to host the North American Regional Office of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic (DIANA).

DRDC-led team finishes first in international cyber security competition

October 17, 2022 - Defence Stories

A team from Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) took home the gold medal in an international capture-the-flag cybersecurity competition on Aug. 16, 2022.

As part of Women’s History Month, DRDC highlights a scientist who continues to contribute to defence research and development

October 28, 2022

October is Women’s History Month and to celebrate, Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) is highlighting defence scientist Hengameh Irandoust and her contribution to researching solutions for more effective human-autonomy teaming in command and control for the Canadian Armed Forces.

Defence Team News Interview with Major Raymond Green and Jared Giesbrecht on the Counter Uncrewed Aerial Systems - IDEaS Sandbox

Video / October 12, 2022

Major Raymond Green and Defence Scientist Jared Giesbrecht discuss the recent IDEaS Sandbox event in Suffield, Alberta on Counter Uncrewed Aerial Systems, as the CAF looks to better understand and improve its capability in counter-drone measures and warfare.

DRDC celebrates math behind science and tech solutions for the CAF during Science Literacy Week

September 23, 2022

From September 19 to 25, 2022 Science Literacy Week is being celebrated across Canada and this year’s theme is math as the language in which science is written.

CANSOFCOM leverages innovative talent to gain a competitive advantage over its adversaries

September 20, 2022

On September 16-18, thousands of university students participated in an annual event at the University of Waterloo called Hack the North, which provided opportunities for the students to solve various technology-related challenges and win prizes.

National Defence works with industry to protect marine mammals

April 27, 2022

DND and the CAF are committed to environmental stewardship and mitigating the impact of active sonar on the marine environment.

DRDC is developing science and technology solutions to monitor and mitigate the impacts of active sonar on the marine environment

February 20, 2022

The aim of this research is to give Canadian Armed Forces decision makers the real-time information they need to plan operations while protecting marine mammals.

Department of National Defence invests in innovative and efficient solutions for temporary military camps

February 16, 2022

The Department of National Defence announced today three contribution agreements with Canadian innovators to develop solutions to provide integrated energy, water and waste management systems for relocatable temporary camps (RTC) used by the Canadian Armed Forces.

Gazing into the COVID-19 crystal ball with Josée van den Hoogen, Defence Scientist

February 10, 2022

If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it is that it’s hard to predict the future, but for Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) scientist Josée van den Hoogen that challenge is part of her job in operational research.

DT News interview: Mats Striegler on the Green Heat: Low Carbon Energy Generation for Heating Existing Buildings IDEaS challenge

Video / August 5, 2021

Mats Striegler joins us today to tell us more about the Green Heat: Low Carbon Energy Generation for Heating Existing Buildings challenge and what it means for Defence, Canada, energy consumption, and reduction of the global carbon footprint.

DT News: Defence Research and Development Canada supports COVID-19 response

Video / July 23, 2021

Over the last year and a half, DRDC has supported the Canadian Armed Forces response to the COVID-19 pandemic with a variety of science and technology solutions.

Defence research supports COVID-19 response

July 19, 2021

Defence Research and Development Canada scientists and researchers have rapidly changed focus to respond to various COVID-19 challenges.

Department of National Defence awards $54-million infrastructure greening contract in Nova Scotia

July 14, 2021

On June 21, 2021, the Department of National Defence awarded a new energy performance contract (EPC) to upgrade facilities at CFB Halifax, 12 Wing Shearwater, Canadian Forces Ammunition Depot (Bedford), and Defence and Research Development Canada (Atlantic).

Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) Pop Up City contest pitch event

Video / June 18, 2021

On March 23rd, innovators from across Canada vied for a chance at $1.5 million in Round 3 of the IDEaS Pop Up City contest.

Defence scientists bring creativity and innovation to science outreach -

May 13, 2021

DRDC scientists and researchers are finding innovative ways to continue to talk to young people about careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), despite COVID-19 restrictions.

Minister of National Defence video message for International Women’s Day 2021

Video / March 8, 2021

Department of National Defence (DND) invests in Canadian solutions to COVID-19 challenges

March 4, 2021

60 Seconds with Donna Pickering from DRDC Toronto on International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Video / February 11, 2021

Defence Team (DT) News interview: Defence Scientists for International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Video / February 10, 2021

Defence scientists empower girls to pursue dreams in STEM through outreach

February 9, 2021

Women scientists from Defence Research and Development Canada are participating in outreach to encourage girls to pursue careers in STEM for the International Day of Women and Girls in Science on February 11.

DRDC sets AMAZE-ing goal to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Arctic facilities

December 17, 2020

A team of researchers is aiming to make Arctic facilities more sustainable with the Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC)-led project, Advanced Microgrids towards Arctic Zero Emissions (AMAZE), which was awarded $1.65 M over three years from the Greening Government Fund in June 2020. 

DT News interview: today we‘re speaking with Adrienne Turnbull for Arctic Science Month

Video / December 11, 2020

All Domain Situational Awareness Science and Technology Program

Video / December 7, 2020

Government of Canada invests in new defence research facility in Valcartier

November 26, 2020

DND awards $2 million to two companies developing COVID-19 solutions and products

July 30, 2020

DND launches a call to innovative thinkers for solutions to COVID-19 challenges

May 26, 2020

Canadian Disruptive Pattern (CADPAT): A uniquely Canadian development

March 13, 2020

Contested Urban Environment 2018

December 5, 2018

Defence science and technology advances result from collaboration between scientists and military. Innovations are born in the labs and then tested in relevant and realistic environments before being returned to the labs for further enhancements and, eventually, adopted by the military.

Defence Research and Development Canada leads a pan governmental experiment in whale preservation

December 3, 2018

Two Ph. D candidates, Maj. Dugald Thomson (Defence Research and Development Canada) and Hansen Johnson (Dalhousie University) spearheaded an experiment to understand right whale behavior while testing new Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF)’s monitoring and recognition software...

Supporting emergency management officials during the Fort McMurray wildfire response

May 2, 2017

In May 2016, a wildfire began ravaging Fort McMurray and surrounding areas, leading to the evacuation of more than 80,000 residents. As first responders battled the blaze and emergency management officials worked tirelessly to coordinate efforts, several organizations, including Defence Research and Development Canada’s Centre for Security Science (DRDC CSS), worked behind the scene to provide advice and support...

Defence scientist was contender for spot as Canadian Astronaut

March 24, 2017

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is looking to recruit two new astronauts through its fourth astronaut recruitment campaign. Thomas Karakolis a defence scientist at Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) was hoping to be one of them...

Canadian and Australian experts run experiments at Shirleys Bay

March, 14 2017

For the first time, Canadian and Australian experts recently conducted joint electronic warfare targeting experiments at the Canadian Forces Warfare Centre (CFWC) in Shirleys Bay, Ottawa...

Statement - First workshop of the new Institute for Research in Defence and Security

February 27, 2017

Dr. Marc Fortin, ADM (Science and Technology) and CEO Defence Research and Development Canada, made the following statement...

Exercise ATHENA photo gallery

February 27, 2017

This train derailment exercise, known as Exercise Athéna, was held on 25-26 February, 2017, at the Institut Maritime du Québec in Lévis, Québec. Transport Canada (TC) hosted this event in partnership with Defence Research and Development Canada’s Centre for Security Science (DRDC CSS)...

Genetic sequencing could help diagnose PTSD

January 23, 2017

Defence research scientists are developing a study on how post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be linked to certain genes which may help with diagnosis and treatment. Every person has a particular set of genes that act like recipes for a variety of traits. Some human genes are different depending on the person. These are the genes that make us unique, determining everything from eye colour to height to brain chemistry. While genomics — the study of genes and what they do...

Canadian Army uses science to enhance multinational interoperability

January 18, 2017

The Canadian Army recently joined colleagues from 17 other partner nations to test and assess the interoperability of their various systems and networks...

Exercise UNMANNED WARRIOR: an international exercise using autonomous tech to detect underwater mines

December 13, 2016

The area surrounding Scotland’s Isle of Skye was speckled with ships, and unmanned vehicles in the sky, on the ocean’s surface and below it, all working together to detect and neutralize a minefield on the seafloor...

Neck pain research yields solutions

October 31, 2016

Neck pain is a common complaint among CH-146 Griffon helicopter pilots and flight engineers, and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) is looking for solutions to the problem...

Defence researches audio warning in the cockpit

October 26, 2016

When it comes to cockpit audio warnings, is the male or female voice more effective for getting the attention of pilots? This is something investigated by scientists at Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), Toronto Research Centre...

The Canada - U.S. Enhanced Resiliency Experiment IV (CAUSE IV) - Vignette 2

October 25, 2016

Canada and the United States came together from April 26 to 28, 2016 to assess technologies that can help their respective emergency management officials and responders communicate and exchange information more efficiently during an emergency situation touching both sides of the border...

The Canada - U.S. Enhanced Resiliency Experiment IV (CAUSE IV) - Vignette 1

October 25, 2016

Canada and the United States came together from April 26 to 28, 2016 to assess technologies that can help their respective emergency management officials and responders communicate and exchange information more efficiently during an emergency situation touching both sides of the border...

Extreme expedition: testing prototype vehicles in Canada's Arctic

July 7, 2016

Operation NUNALIVUT proved an ideal circumstance for a Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) team to test prototype vehicles in the extreme environment of the high Arctic and during active Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) operations...

Wildfire disaster scenario: New report highlights how new communication technologies improve emergency response

June 1, 2016

The Canada – United States (U.S.) border is the longest international border in the world, reaching almost 9,000 km. This poses major challenges when it comes to emergency response, including efficient cross-border sharing of information during emergencies that affect both countries...

Multi-target tracker software enhances commercial radar products

May 28, 2015

Software that enables radar to track multiple targets at the same time has been added to the sigma S6 radar product line developed by Rutter Inc., a Canadian company based in St. John’s, Newfoundland...

Where there's smoke there's fire: Researchers enhance forecasting system to better predict smoke patterns

May 19, 2015

The inhalation of wildfire smoke can have significant impacts on the health and safety of Canadians. It can aggravate pre- existing illnesses such as heart and lung disease and is particularly harmful to children and seniors. It can also cause uncomfortable symptoms such as coughing, breathing difficulties and irritated eyes...

Spring 2015 geobuoy comparison trial

May 15, 2015

For roughly two weeks this spring from late April to early May a team of scientists, technologists and logistics support staff from Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) evaluated the performance of newly improved geobuoys on behalf of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF)...

Tapping into social media and digital volunteers to improve disaster recovery operations

May 7, 2015

A strong online presence was a key component allowing digital volunteers to help during recovery operations following a fictional Hurricane. These tech savvy individuals can work online from anywhere in the world, gathering and analysing social media data to provide a variety of information services to emergency professionals and government organizations during disasters...

A legacy of research in a harsh environment

April 30, 2015

Alert, Nunavut sits at the northern tip of Ellesmere Island in Canada’s High Arctic. It is the most northern permanently inhabited location in the world. Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) has been conducting research at Alert and in the High Arctic for the past 60 years...

Searching uncharted Arctic waters for Franklin's lost ships

March 16, 2015

When modern-day Canadian explorers made what has been described as the discovery of the century by finding one of Sir John Franklin’s lost ships, defence scientists were honoured to be part of the 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition...

DRDC's experimental proving ground supports CAF, allied readiness

March 10, 2015

Decontaminating a radiological source, responding to a natural disaster or deploying to the site of a suspected terrorist attack – these are just some of the activities that the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) have to be prepared for...

Dr. Simona Verga: physicist, teammate, athlete and mother

March 6, 2015

Since its inception in 2006, Dr. Simona Verga has been part of the hard working team at Defence Research and Development Canada. For seven years, she has worked as an Operations Research Analyst, providing decision support to internal and external clients through advice and guidance...

The evolution of the smart gun

February 9, 2015

More firepower, improved accuracy and smart integrated accessories that connect to command and control networks are the headline features of the new integrated assault rifle concept that Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) and Colt Canada have developed for the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF)...

DRDC technology supports safer and smoother landings at sea for the Royal Canadian Navy

December 1, 2014

Conducting helicopter operations from Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) ships is a complex and dangerous procedure requiring the highest degree of safety. Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) has developed a specialized system which has the potential to increase the safety of complex at-sea operations and ensure safer and smoother helicopter landings on RCN ships...

Retweet, like or share: How social media is changing the face of emergency management

November 3, 2014

It’s no longer unusual to learn about a severe weather warning or police manhunt through a “tweet” or a “wall post”. These words refer to common practices on Twitter and Facebook, but were not part of our vocabulary a decade ago. Today, whether it is for personal or professional reasons, the majority of Canadians are engaging with one another through social media websites every day...

DRDC's CAN LEAP course an important tool in assessing soldier combat mobility

September 30, 2014

Enemy threats and counter-insurgency operations have dramatically increased the focus on soldier personal protective equipment (PPE) and its critical role in ensuring survivability and mission outcomes...

New portal instantly shares information between Government of Canada Operations Centres

September 24, 2014

Collaboration between different Government of Canada departments during significant events and emergencies is critical. As a situation unfolds, departments must be able to quickly track and manage information to help protect Canadians...

Tactical wearables and the self-organizing network

August 19, 2014

DRDC is conducting a series of trials to improve the performance and security of mobile ad hoc networks which aim to enable rapid decision making for dispersed operations. The first trial tested the tracking of a target on the move...

Keeping hazards at a robot arm's length

July 11, 2014

A team of military responders hunker down behind sand bags, periodically peering over the top to watch a group of vehicles’ lights fade into the blackness of night. When the lights disappear entirely from their line of sight, the team’s focus quickly shifts back to the operator manning a control station...

DRDC: Science, Technology and Knowledge for Canada's Defence and Security

October 17, 2013

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