Public Security Technical Program Planning Scenario – Final Report


  1. Hales, D.
  2. Race, P.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Centre for Security Science, Ottawa ONT (CAN);CAE Professional Services, Ottawa (ON)
Introduction: Scenarios are critical to almost every aspect of Public Safety and Security (PSS) and Emergency Management (EM). Users within the stakeholder community, from policymakers to first responders, employ scenarios. They provide the context for requirements definition, options analysis and exercise design - characterizing the problem space, facilitating evaluation of response options and allow the introduction of new concepts and technology. To meet the needs of this diverse set of users, a framework has been developed to assist in selecting, sharing and exploiting planning scenarios. While the ultimate scope of application is much broader, the initial use of this framework is intended to support capability gap and options analysis as part of the Public Security Technical Program. Methodology: The PSTP Planning Scenario Framework presented seeks to serve a range of stakeholders, from the national level to the community level in selecting scenarios based on user problems, objectives, risks and time. To develop the framework, there were three areas that needed to be addressed: a taxonomy for defining scenarios needed to be developed; dimensions for categorizing scenarios needed to be selected; and the framework itself needed to be populated with a selection of representative scenarios. Through a review of existing literature, a scenario was distinguished from alternate futures – long-term future trends – and from small, high-fidelity vignettes. For planning purposes

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Vignette;Capability Based Planning;Emergency preparedness;Risk analysis
Report Number
DRDC-CSS-CR-2010-10 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Dec 2010
Number of Pages
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