Technology Scanning for Combat Service Support (CSS) Modernization – An Investigation Study for the Canadian Army


  1. Miller, J.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN);Calian, Ottawa Ont (CAN)
This document provides an overview of the existing Canadian defence policy, concepts about the Army of Tomorrow, Future Army, concepts presented by allies. The document then uses the overview to evaluate how emerging technologies can be useful for Combat Service Support (CSS) for the Future Army. This report discusses and assesses potential novel technologies that could improve CSS to the Canadian Army, specifically to enable modernization and provide an improved tactical sustainment capacity. The report provides summaries of the existing doctrinal concepts for CSS, the current defence policy, and of the concepts about the Army of Tomorrow, the Future Army, and concepts from allies. The report then identifies gaps in current technologies, presents an overview of emerging technologies, a summary of the strengths and limits of each technology, specific observations about how they may be integrated into the future Army concepts, and challenges to implementing the future emerging technologies. The report then presents a discussion on the relationships between the assumptions about the Future Army, the role of technology, and those technologies that can provide maximum value for CSS before presenting conclusions and recommendations. The report identifies that the technologies that are most suitable and ready to be evaluated for implementation are: Internet of Things enabled systems, containers and pallets, power and energy solutions, Joint Precision Airdrop Systems, and automated

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Logistics;Canadian Army;SustainmentLogistics;Canadian Army;Sustainment
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2018-C196 — Contract Report
Date of publication
01 Jan 2019
Number of Pages
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