Canada–U.S. Enhanced Resiliency Experiment Series “Cause Resiliency” – A Canada–U.S. Resiliency Experiment (Cause Resiliency II) on Enhancing Trans-Border Resilience in Emergency and Crisis Management Through Situational Awareness Interoperability: Addressing the Beyond the Border (BTB) Action Plan


  1. Boyd, D.
  2. Caplan, M.
  3. Howe, W.
  4. Verrico, J.
  5. Thomas, J.
  6. McCullough, C.
  7. Amoabeng, M.
  8. Fitzgerald, B.
  9. Lucero, M.
  10. Johnson, A.
  11. Vallerand, A.
  12. Dawe, P.
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Defence R&D Canada - Centre for Security Science, Ottawa ONT (CAN)
Canada–U.S. Resiliency II Experiment (CAUSE II) was jointly sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) First Responders Group (FRG), the Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) Centre for Security Science (CSS), and Public Safety Canada (PSC). The experiment was conducted on March 5 and 6, 2013 and consisted of a series of simulations enabled through the use of integrated situational awareness (SA) toolsets. New technologies that were either recently operationalized or were being transitioned into operational status were employed to enhance information exchange and augment shared SA between emergency management (EM) organizations north and south of the Canada–U.S. border. The experiment included participants from the local emergency management communities within the Province of New Brunswick (NB) and the state of Maine (ME), as well as the respective supporting federal agencies and departments within each national jurisdiction. This report provides an overview of the CAUSE II experimental methodology, a summary of the key findings, and a number of recommendations for advancing the development and implementation of integrated SA tools.

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Emergency Management;Communications Interoperability;Emergency Response;Emerging Technologies;Operational Support;Virtual USA, Situational Awareness;Resilience;Canada-U.S. Enhanced Resiliency;Multi-Agency Situational Awareness System.
Report Number
DRDC-CSS-TR-2013-006(E) — Technical Report
Date of publication
01 Jul 2013
Number of Pages
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