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Interoperable Risk Management in a Joint Interagency Multinational Environment

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This report addresses risk management in the Department of National Defence and Canadian Forces, and explores the extent to which DNDCF is likely to be interoperable internally e.g. in joint operations, as well as in relation to other organizations in the event of a major threat such as a terrorist attack. This report first explores existing national standards for conducting risk management, as well as the Treasury Boards integrated risk management framework 2001 that mandates all government agencies in Canada to have a risk management plan. The available risk management approach of DNDCF available in existing doctrine is then considered in relation to the approach mandated by the Treasury Board. A review by Chief Review Services 2004 also provided a detailed assessment of the progress that DNDCF had made in implementing an integrated risk management plan. Review of these documents suggests some cause for concern with respect to future interoperability. Specifically, one potential problem also noted in the CRS review are the 2 distinct cultures within DNDCF with respect to risk management, and these cultural differences were no less prominent in 2005 documents provided by DNDCF in response to the CRS review. In general, the need for a common definition of risk management was also evident, as was a potential disconnect between the explicit risk management policies and the implicit approaches likely to be taken in an actual risk or threat situation. Other articles were reviewed to explore the potential interoperability of DNDCF in relation to other government departments such as Public Security and Emergency Preparedness PSEPC and Health Canada. Auditor General reports, for example, showed that the progress of other government departments in working toward integrated risk management was slower than optimal 2003, and that even the specific departments charged with

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  • Administration and Management
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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