A Gap Analysis of Research being Conducted on Naval Personnel Issues


  1. Tanner, L.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN)
The Canadian Forces has undergone significant changes in recent years to become a more “integrated, unified and transformed” military. With these changes, however, there are now additional strategic and operational requirements being placed on the various environments. Unfortunately, the Canadian Navy’s establishment has become increasingly inadequate to address these requirements in addition to those that define its institutional role. While a number of initiatives have been identified that will begin to address some of the personnel issues facing the Navy, a coherent research plan in support of those initiatives has not yet been developed. To assist in such an effort, this paper provides an overview of the personnel issues that have been identified by senior naval leadership, examines what relevant research is currently being conducted to address these issues, and discusses opportunities for further research that would assist the Navy’s endeavours in ensuring it has the personnel, both in terms of numbers and skill sets, required for the fleet of tomorrow. There is a considerable amount of research that could be conducted, but this will require coherent program management and utilization of additional research capabilities, such as modelling and simulation, establishing ties with academia and industry, and international collaboration.

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Naval Personnel;HR Management;Human Factors;Social Science;Research and Analysis
Report Number
DRDC-CORA-TM-2011-010 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Feb 2011
Number of Pages
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