Accession Number:

ADA551211

Title:

Bringing Science and Technology to Security Operations

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

DEFENCE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CANADA OTTAWA (ONTARIO) CENTRE FOR SECURITY SCIENCE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2011-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

5.0

Abstract:

The year 2010 was a demanding period for Canada s security communities. After years of inter-agency planning and exercising for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, and the G8 and G20 Summits, it would be natural to conclude that Canada s ability to respond to a public security event had never been so great. Given the complexity of the challenges associated with international events of this magnitude in such a short timeframe, it is interesting to understand how Canada s security community was able to accomplish the mission at hand. One player that has emerged with a bright future as a key enabler to domestic security is Canada s Science and Technology ST community. During V2010and the Summits, a network of Scientific Advisors was embedded within key federal and provincial operational domains to support planning, exercises, and real-time security operations. This group also served as the vanguard to a robust ST reach-back capability, which offered responder communities an opportunity to have timely access to some of the best scientific advice and expertise in the country. Scientists actively engaged in key operational organizations such as the RCMP Integrated Support Unit and the Government of Canada Operations Centre, and delivered ST reach-back that incorporated a unique whole-of-government approach which called on support from across federal science-based departments and agencies, as well as academia. For many of the uniformed operators across responder communities, access to this level of expertise became critical, especially as it applied to complex, non-traditional security challenges. As one key V2010 planner said, In my mind there is no question that the Olympics, G8, and G20 validated the concept of embedded ST support during security operations. I see scientific support as a key risk mitigator in our business.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Intelligence

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE