Development of Comprehensive Approach to Military Operations Training Tools


  1. Thomson, M.H.
  2. Brown, A.L.
  3. Davis, S.A.
  4. Filardo, E-A.
  5. Adams, B.D.
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Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Guelph ONT (CAN)
Defence Research and Development Canada, Toronto Research Centre (DRDC TRC) has launched an applied research program (ARP) to develop a training toolkit for Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel operating in the comprehensive approach (CA). This approach “brings together all the elements of power and other agencies needed to create enduring solutions to a campaign,” including joint and multinational military forces other governmental departments (OGDs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and international organizations (IOs) (Canadian Forces Joint Publication OE CFJP 3.0, 2011, p. GL-3). Research has indicated that operating in a CA environment may present challenges for CAF personnel (Thomson, Adams, Hall, & Flear, 2010) and, therefore, it demands specific training (Filardo, Thomson, Harkness, & Adams, 2013). Military subject matter experts (SMEs) identified communication, relationship building, and negotiation skills as competencies necessary for the CA because of the civil-military component, but they said there was little CAF training to develop these competencies with respect to interactions with civilians from interagencies and NGOs (Filardo et al., 2013). In support of the DRDC, Toronto Research Centre ARP, this project had two objectives: 1) to examine data collected from earlier research on civil-military collaboration (Thomson et al., 2010; Thomson, Adams, Hall, Brown, & Flear, 2011a; Thomson, Adams, Hall, Brown, & Flear, 2011b; Filardo et al., 2013) and ide

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Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2013-136 — Contract Report
Date of publication
01 Oct 2013
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