A graphic illustration: a close up image of a Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) member's head with a blue background behind it. The CAF member is wearing a helmet that includes green Canadian disruptive pattern or CADPAT and SMART glasses.  Text and symbols are overlaid on the image; this represents the S

Institute for Research in Defence and Security

Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) is creating the Institute for Research in Defence and Security. The Institute’s goal is to engage the academic community in finding solutions to challenges Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members face when using technology.
November 23, 2016

This train derailment exercise, known as Exercise Vulcan, will be held on 12-13 March, 2016, at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) in Maple Ridge, British Columbia.

Exercise ATHÉNA - Train Derailment Exercise

This train derailment exercise, known as Exercise Athéna, will be held on 25-26 February, 2017, at the Institut Maritime du Québec in Lévis, Québec. Transport Canada (TC) is hosting this event in partnership with Defence Research and Development Canada’s Centre for Security Science (DRDC CSS). The main goal of the exercise is to assess gaps and identify areas for improvement in Canada’s response to incidents involving flammable liquids transported by rail.
February 15, 2017

Dr. Sanela Dursun was the keynote speaker at the International Military Behavioural Sciences Conference hosted by Romania Ministry of National Defence in Bucharest in September 2016.

Women in Science - A series of infographics

A series of infographics developed to highlight Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC)’s female team members, who are examples of women in science.  This series highlight’s Canadian women in defence science.
February 14, 2017

Major Catherine Marchetti

Astronaut candidate's profile - Major Catherine Marchetti

Aerospace engineering officer, Canadian Armed Forces - I have specialized in space through my work on space projects (operational and research systems) and on developing space strategies/policies. I worked at the Canadian Space Agency as a mission planner and at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory Millstone Hill Radar and as an orbital analyst. During my career in the Forces, I was also senior engineering and aircraft maintenance officer at 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron, where I was responsible for more than 100 aircraft technicians and two fleets (CC130 Hercules and CH146 Griffon).
February 1, 2017

Thomas Karakolis, DRDC

Astronaut candidate's profile - Thomas Karakolis, DRDC

Defence Scientist at Defence Research and Development Canada (Department of National Defence) - My current research focusses on assessing the biomechanical demands placed on members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), with the goal of improving performance and preventing injuries across all branches of the CAF.
February 1, 2017


Who are the astronaut candidates?

Astronauts are modern-day explorers. They courageously travel beyond the Earth to help acquire new scientific knowledge. Their courage and determination are an inspiration to many. Despite their unique journeys, astronauts have a few things in common: an academic background in science or technology, excellent health, and outstanding qualities and skills. The candidates participating in the astronaut selection process also share these attributes. You can read their remarkable profiles here.
February 1, 2017

Colourful brain scans being studied by DRDC scientists.

Promising results in DRDC study on traumatic brain injury

Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) scientists are analyzing specific proteins in rats that help to measure the effects of traumatic injury on the brain.
January 23, 2017


Genetic sequencing could help diagnose PTSD

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.
January 23, 2017

A mixed platoon of Canadian and New Zealand soldiers participating in the U.S. Joint Staff-led Exercise BOLD QUEST, a demonstration and assessment that took place from October 24 to November 3, 2016 in Fort Stewart, Georgia.

Canadian Army uses science to enhance multinational interoperability

Learn about defence scientists at the Centre for Operational Research and Analysis who evaluated technology that supports interoperability during two U.S. led multinational exercises.
January 18, 2017

DRDC’s high energy laser (HEL) mobile laboratory at 2nd Canadian Division Support Base Valcartier at sunset. The inset shows a night vision depiction of green aiming lasers.

Army research finding potential in high-energy lasers

Today, the Canadian Army (CA) continues to take a serious look at the latest in laser technology and is finding plenty of promise.
January 12, 2017

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