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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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