The Equipment Technical Brief – A proposal for a new Canadian Armed Forces technical document


  1. Faust, A.A.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Suffield Research Centre, Ralston AB (CAN)
DRDC has identified a gap in system-specific technical information available to CAF members at the tactical and operational level, between the generic information contained in standard user operator manuals and the mission-specific task information in doctrine. There is, in general, no single point of reference available to, and written for, commanders making decisions about what systems to use against the targets and mission scenarios that they are facing. At the same time, DRDC does not have the mandate to maintain subject matter expertise on in-service technologies, leaving open the possibility that DRDC will not be in a position to provide critical S&T advice when most needed. In response, this report discusses the creation of a new type of service document, one that bridges the user manual and TTPs; the Equipment Technical Brief. The Equipment Technical Brief will be a consolidation of a more detailed scientific review prepared by DRDC subject matter experts, and is intended to provide the force commander access to evidence-based technical information at the mission planning level, critical to achieving the full utility of employed technologies, enabling mission success, and saving lives. Given the life cycle of equipment and the combined costs of acquisition, maintenance, and training, this effort would represent a relatively small cost to ensure the optimal employment of the technology Canada purchases for its fighting soldiers. The description of the Equipment Technic
DRDC scientific report;technology assessment;capability assessment;training aid;aide memoire
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2015-R053 — Scientific Report
Date of publication
01 Jun 2015
Number of Pages
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