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

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

The Unclassified Remote-sensing Situational Awareness (URSA) system arrives at Naval Support Activity in Manama, Bahrainm on December 28, 2016. URSA will support Operation Artemis and the Canadian-led Combined Task Force 150 team. PHOTO: Captain Colette Brake

A high-tech boost to the use of satellites on deployed operations

Since its inception in 2012, the Canadian Space Operations Centre (CANSpOC) has provided valuable support to Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) operations, delivering space-domain awareness, battlespace information and space capability on a daily basis.
January 5, 2017

Defence Research and Development Canada’s unmanned surface vehicle USV-2600 performs an autonomous mission in the water at Loch Alsh. Photo by Janice Lang, DRDC

Exercise UNMANNED WARRIOR: an international exercise using autonomous tech to detect underwater mines

Find out how defence science teams participated in the one of the largest demonstration of unmanned vehicles ever during a two week exercise in Scotland
December 13, 2016

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