Beyond Territorial Security
Technical Report,13 Dec 2013,13 Dec 2013
CENTRE FOR SECURITY SCIENCE, DEFENCE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CANADA OTTAWA (ONTARIO) OTTAWA ONTARIO K1A 0K2 Canada
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Researchers from Defence Research and Development Canadas Centre for Security Science CSS provide analytical support to the Public Safety PS Canada-led All Hazards Risk Assessment AHRA initiative, and conduct periodic reviews of the methodology and tools in order to ensure the development of a robust and defensible product. The AHRA team at PS Canada receives comments on the federal AHRA methodology and process from key stakeholders during the implementation of the annual business cycle. This scientific letter SL, which addresses feedback received from federal institutions, offers a critical reading of territorial security by assessing the extent to which it incorporates elements of sovereignty and security. According to the AHRA Methodology Guidelines 2012-13, Territorial security is a core responsibility of the GC Government of Canada and provides the conditions permitting the free movement of Canadians, people, and legitimate goods within the country and across borders. It represents the effective functioning and control of international borders, and provides for the safety and security of Canadians to go about their lives in an ordinary fashion. Although the territorial security impact category is theoretically inclusive of a broad range of threats and hazards to Canadian sovereignty, an increasing number of current and emerging threats and challenges cannot be properly understood or assessed through the narrow, largely geographic prism of territorial security as it is currently expressed in the AHRA methodology. In fact, some of these threats and challenges may have little, if any, impact on the countrys territorial integrity at all. This paper highlights several emerging trends in the strategic environment that present both a conceptual and, by extension, a methodological challenge to the existing AHRA framework in this regard.