Analysis of Lessons Learned Relevant to Agility


  1. Jobidon, M.-E.
  2. Bélanger, M.
  3. Adams, B.D.
  4. Elderhorst, E.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Toronto Research Centre , Toronto ON (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Guelph ONT (CAN)
The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) is going through a transformation intended to support agile responsiveness to he future security environment. This project aims to identify and analyse lessons learned relevant for C2 agility and report on these lessons. The Scientific Authority (SA) searched the CAF Lessons Learned database located in Kingston Ontario over the Defence Wide Area Network (DWAN) to locate relevant lessons learned documents for multiple CAF operations and provided these documents t the research team. Through the analysis of over 50 lessons learned documents for six operations and exercises, over 250 lessons were identified to have had a possible impact on agility. These lessons were categorized and within the categories, analyzed to highlight their impact on agility. Overall the majority of documents analyzed provided potential agility-related lessons learned. This indicates that the methodology used to collect, analyse and report on lessons learned was successful and appropriate for its purpose. Results of the analyses showed that lessons reporting potential barriers to agility were more common than enablers of agility, which is in part due to the nature of lessons learned documents. Importantly, each observation or lesson identified has the potential to influence agility positively. The most common types of lessons were related to command and control, communication and Whole of Government issues, with training, relationships and doctrinal themes emerging less fr
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Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2016-C031 — Contract Report
Date of publication
31 Mar 2014
Number of Pages
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