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NORAD MODERNIZATION: REPORT TWO: DEFEAT CAPABILITIES

NORAD MODERNIZATION: REPORT TWO: DEFEAT CAPABILITIES

Introduction NDIA/CDAI hosted the second of three webinars on 26 August 2020, intended to examine key capability requirements for the modernization of continental defence under auspice of North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). The goal was to allow experts...

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NORAD Modernization: Report One: Awareness & Sensors

NORAD Modernization: Report One: Awareness & Sensors

Introduction The CDA Institute, in partnership with NDIA and NORAD/USNORTHCOM hosted a three-part virtual roundtable focused on NORAD modernization.  The goal was to allow experts from industry, academia, and government to break down silos and engage in direct...

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Peter Jennings (ASPI): Canada + Australia in the Indo-Pacific

Peter Jennings (ASPI): Canada + Australia in the Indo-Pacific

Q: In what ways has Australia’s defence policy changed in the new strategic outlook? How has China responded? Peter Jennings: Australia has a tradition of producing what we call “defence white papers” every five years or so. [This one] is essentially a policy update...

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TRACKING THE STORYLINE: Media Impacts on CAF Recruitment

TRACKING THE STORYLINE: Media Impacts on CAF Recruitment

In the spring of 2020, the CDA Institute and Ipsos Canada conducted a survey of 2000 Canadians. The objective was to measure knowledge and familiarity with the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), consumption of positive and negative storylines about the CAF in media sources,...

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Roland Paris: Threats, Allies, and Canadian Strategy

Roland Paris: Threats, Allies, and Canadian Strategy

  Q: What is the state of Canadian American relations and how can Canada successfully manage this relationship if current trends in U.S foreign and domestic policy continue? Should Canada look to other allies for cooperation? Roland Paris: The United States is...

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Executive Director’s Update

Executive Director’s Update

  Dear members of the growing Conference of Defence Associations community,   Already, a year has passed since I joined the Conference of Defence Associations Institute. It has been quite a ride. In a good way. Before I dive into all the things I'm excited...

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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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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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