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Quantum Supremacy Webinar

Quantum Supremacy Webinar

WEBINAR DETAILS July 10, 2020 - 10:00 EDT We'd like to thank IBM Canada for providing the tech support and online platform to host this international event. WHY ATTEND: Top American and Canadian experts will comment on the fast approaching national security challenges...

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Looking towards CANSEC 2021

Looking towards CANSEC 2021

  Col. Charles Davies (Retd) The Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) announced on March 31st that its annual trade show in Ottawa, scheduled for May 27-28, has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  This was a necessary decision...

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Jonathan vance speaks at 2020 ottawa conference

Jonathan vance speaks at 2020 ottawa conference

General Jonathan Vance Chief of the Defence Staff Chef d’état-major de la défense 4 March 2020 Thank you Guy for that introduction,Good afternoon, Congratulations to Guy, Youri, and everyone at CDAI for another excellent conference. As I begin, I would like to...

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BOOK REVIEW: Gendered Militarism in Canada

BOOK REVIEW: Gendered Militarism in Canada

By Charlotte Duval-Lantoine The years 2014 and 2015 were turning points for Canada and its military. The Canadian Armed Forces left Afghanistan in March 2014, ending its thirteen-year participation in a conflict that had a lasting mental and...

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Canadian Foreign Intelligence Agency: Time for Action

Canadian Foreign Intelligence Agency: Time for Action

by Alistair Hensler & Tyler Berry Canada’s diffuse and relatively decentralized intelligence community is unique among democratic nations. The incapacity to covertly collect foreign human intelligence (HUMINT) abroad places Canada among a...

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT – July 2019

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT – July 2019

Now that I’ve been a few months in office, I owe you all an update about the direction that the organization has begun taking under my watch. My philosophy thus far has been to develop a higher impact / lower cost approach that is volunteer-driven and strategically focused.

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NATO at 70: A sign of the times?

NATO at 70: A sign of the times?

Usually, every ten years, NATO member-states convene and negotiate a new Strategic Concept, a living document that gives purpose and direction to the Alliance. Since the last such discussion happened in Lisbon in 2010, when it was endorsed by NATO Heads of...

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BUDGET 2019 OVERVIEW – Defence and Security

BUDGET 2019 OVERVIEW – Defence and Security

Not unexpectedly in an election year, and nearly two years removed from the publication of Strong, Secure, Engaged, Canada’s Defence Policy, Budget 2019 contains relatively little in the way of new defence commitments, although it does have a section on...

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Future of Canada’s Cybersecurity

Future of Canada’s Cybersecurity

*Image courtesy of itworldcanada.comBy Andriyha Soans            Computer technology today is ubiquitous. In 2017, there was an estimated 3 billion hand held devices in circulation across the globe with a 50 per cent increase expected by 2020.[i] These...

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