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Article / August 26, 2014 / Project number: 14-0171

In order to meet the ongoing challenges of today’s changing global environment, the Canadian Army (CA) is contributing to trials that will advance communication technologies such as advanced mobile ad hoc networks (MANETs) a type of wireless networking resilient against connection failures.  

By enabling peer-to-peer communication between mobile devices, Canadian soldiers will be able to communicate with each other without relying on centralized resources or fixed infrastructure, like cellular towers.

“Fighting smart, out-deciding the enemy is what wins battles now,” said Major Janus Cihlar of the Canadian Army’s Directorate of Land Requirements.

The adoption of new technologies by the Canadian Armed Forces is no surprise; it is a key priority for the CA to provide its soldiers with the best equipment possible. This requires defining capability deficiencies and working with other partners to meet operational requirements for Army personnel.

Aided by lessons learned from Canada’s most recent engagement in Afghanistan, CA leaders are invested in continually improving the operational effectiveness of their men and women. Today’s soldier is likely to find him or herself dismounted, within urban environments and/or complex terrain, against a tech-enabled enemy in an irregular battlespace.

These realities require solutions that are adaptable to new and dynamic environments, specifically the ability to communicate effectively and rely less on traditional centralized networks.

The Canada First Defence Strategy ensures a first-class, modern military, one that is well-trained, well-equipped and ready to take on the challenges of the 21st century. Projects like DRDC’s enable the CA to focus on key priorities to align with this strategy, including the training of highly effective soldiers for international and domestic missions as well as the acquisition of equipment to keep soldiers safe as they locate and destroy the enemy.

Giving the men and women of the CA the best tools will ultimately ensure they are able to say, “mission accomplished” - the highest priority for any soldier.

 For updates on projects and new technologies, visit DRDC’s webpage:  http://www.drdc-rddc.gc.ca/en/index.page

 

Written by Jane Houser and Courtney Laidler, Army Public Affairs

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