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Next steps for Canada’s modern defence policy

Next steps for Canada’s modern defence policy

Canada’s new defence policy clarifies its long-term vision for Canada's Armed Forces

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Canada's new defence policy clarifies its long-term vision for Canada's Armed Forces. Entitled Strong Secure Engaged: Canada's Defence Policy, the June 2017 policy articulates the capabilities and resources needed by the Department of National Defence (DND) and Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) to meet the pivotal role they play within our borders and in multiple theatres of operation abroad.

To that end the policy is comprised of 111 initiatives that focus on providing greater support to CAF forces and their families; rebuilding core capabilities and investing in future defence technologies, talent, and capabilities. The policy also recognizes that continued effort is needed to enable a modernized business of defence that is responsive to Canada's needs, including a more transparent and streamlined procurement process.

In brief, if Canada hopes to see its initiatives through, the business of defence will need to:

  • Anticipate: Ensure decision makers have access to accurate, timely, and relevant information to make the right decisions in real time. Initiatives include acquiring next-generation surveillance systems, increasing investments in defence intelligence expertise and capacity, and leveraging external defence experts.
  • Adapt: Bring in modern technologies and methods that will evolve the ways in which people are managed and employed, the procurement process is handled, and innovation is supported.
  • Act: Leverage real-time data and modern technologies to act decisively in multiple theatres of war, while also strengthening disaster relief and peace keeping efforts and renewing Canada's commitment to NORAD and NATO.

Download the full article to learn more about the new approach to defence.

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