Department of National Defence Departmental Plan

2020 - 2021 Review

In 2020-21, the Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) will carry out their mandate to achieve results related to six Core Responsibilities:

  • Operations ($1,080,817,402)
    • Detect, deter and defend against threats to or attacks on Canada, or on North America in partnership with the United States, including through NORAD.
  • Ready Forces ($9,760,714,328)
    • Field combat ready forces able to succeed in an unpredictable and complex security environment in the conduct of concurrent operations associated with all mandated missions.
  • Defence Team ($3,444,253,339)
    • Recruit, develop and support an agile and diverse Defence team, within a healthy workplace free from harmful behaviour; support military families; and meet the needs of all retiring military personnel, including the ill and injured. Strengthen Canadian communities by investing in youth.
  • Future Force Design ($845,220,905)
    • Develop and design the future force through a deep understanding of the future operating environment and security risks to Canada and Canadian interests. 
    • Enhance Defence’s ability to identify, prevent, adapt and respond to a wide range of contingencies through collaborative innovation networks and advanced research.
  • Procurement of Capabilities ($3,910,791,611)
    • Procure advanced capabilities to maintain an advantage over potential adversaries and to keep pace with allies, while fully leveraging defence innovation and technology. 
    • Streamlined and flexible procurement arrangements ensure Defence is equipped to conduct missions.
    • The department will collaborate with the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) to advise on the requisite capabilities and areas of investments required to effectively execute the continental defence missions as it pertains to Strong, Secure, Engaged: Canada?s Defence Policy (SSE) initiatives 109 and 111, North Warning System renewal and NORAD Modernization.
  • Sustainable Bases, Information Technology Systems and Infrastructure ($3,680,697,534)

    • Develop and manage modern, operational and sustainable bases and infrastructure and contribute to the achievement of federal environmental targets
    • DND/CAF information technology systems are essential in delivering timely, trusted and secure information to decision makers. Through its Cyber Security Engineering Program, DND will provide secure and resilient enterprise-level system solutions to respond to the evolving cyber threat environment. 
    • Through its Command, Control, Communications, Computer and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) engineering and integration program, DND will provide enterprise-level information technology system solutions to advance Allied communication capabilities, support the integration of Joint Targeting systems, improve the resilience of the DND/CAF Command and Control infrastructure and help propel DND/CAF forward with modern technologies.
    • The department will work continuously with Shared Services Canada to improve the sustainability of the information technology systems that Shared Services Canada manages for the Government of Canada. This includes core networking infrastructure, telecommunications, networking, collaboration, mobile services and data centre reliability.

Defence Procurement

SSE outlines major equipment projects. Key projects for FY 2020-21 include:

  • The Canadian Surface Combatant: Design and production engineering of the Canadian Surface Combatant is planned for FY 2020-21. These vessels will be the backbone of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), capable of meeting multiple threats in both open oceans and complex coastal environments. This will allow us to monitor and defend our waters and contribute significantly to international naval operations;
  • Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships: The second Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship, the future HMCS Margaret Brooke, will be delivered to the RCN. These ships will allow the RCN to conduct sovereignty and surveillance operations in Canada?s waters, including the Arctic, as well as to conduct a wide variety of operations abroad. Additionally, two Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships will be delivered in support of the Canadian Coast Guard;
  • Fixed Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft Replacement Project: The Fixed Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft Replacement Project is procuring 16 CC-295 aircraft equipped with advanced technology systems to support Canada?s search and rescue operations, replacing the current Buffalo and Hercules aircraft performing this function. The project is currently in the implementation phase and expects its first aircraft to arrive in Canada in 2020;
  • Joint Support Ship: This project anticipates project approval for Implementation in spring 2020 with build contract signing later in 2020. Under the Early Block Build contract, Joint Support Ship anticipates having 52 of the 119 blocks completed for the first Joint Support Ship by summer 2020;
  • Future Fighter Capability Project: The Future Fighter Capability Project will acquire and enter into service 88 advanced fighter aircraft along with the associated equipment, weapons and sustainment capability that leverages Canadian capabilities and contributes to economic growth and jobs. The project is currently in Definition Phase and in 2020 will be conducting the review of eligible suppliers? proposals;
  • Remotely Piloted Aircraft System: The Remotely Piloted Aircraft System will deliver a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System capability to provide Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance information and deliver precision strike effects to CAF commanders. The project is currently in Definition Phase and the release of the Request for Proposal is expected in FY 2020-21;
  • Medium Support Vehicle Systems: These new trucks and ancillary equipment will provide lift and logistical support on the ground and will transport equipment and supplies where they are needed most, both at home and abroad. Final deliveries are expected in fall 2020;
  • Logistics Vehicle Modernization: The Logistics Vehicle Modernization project will continue to engage with Qualified Suppliers throughout 2020 and 2021. The draft Request for Proposal is planned for 2020 with a final Request for Proposal to Qualified Suppliers in 2021;
  • Armoured Combat Support Vehicles: The Armoured Combat Support Vehicle Project will deliver an armoured combat support capability to provide Command Support, Combat Support and Combat Service Support to forward elements of a Brigade Group. These capabilities include, but are not limited to, command vehicles, ambulances and mobile repair teams. The project is currently in the Implementation Phase and the first delivery is expected late 2020;
  • CP-140 Aurora Incremental Modernization Project: The Aurora Incremental Modernization Project will modernize the mission systems and sensors on 14 CP-140 Aurora aircraft and is expecting Initial Operational Capability of Block IV in late 2020; and
  • Cormorant Mid-Life Upgrade Project: The Cormorant Mid-Life Upgrade Project will extend the estimated life expectancy of the CH-149 to at least 2042 and is expected to be in implementation in fall 2020.

Information Technology

DND will continue to modernize its Enterprise Resource Management systems to support the department’s transition to evidence-based decision-making working in concert with DND?s Chief Data Officer organization to mature data architecture and management. The systems are used to capture DND?s business information related to finance, human resources, materiel and real property to inform decision-making and produce reports. Substantial effort and resources will be applied to its financial and materiel system of record based on SAP technology to modernize its business; improve its reporting, business intelligence and analytics capabilities; and maintain alignment with the Government of Canada enterprise financial management system. DND will be aligning and working with the Government of Canada to utilize Enterprise Architecture to

make more efficient and effective technology decisions and to meet the department?s transformational requirements.

Defence Data, Innovation, Analytics

DND has aligned its priorities to enable data and analytics throughout the department and contribute to the implementation of the defence policy. The following are DND?s priorities for FY 2020-21:

  • Following the direction of the new Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) Policy of Service and Digital and in accordance with the Defence Data Strategy, the department will implement a data governance framework and policy instruments to support enterprise-wide data management. In doing so, we will initiate the development of a master data program and a data quality framework. Furthermore, we will also foster data modelling capabilities to support the development of an enterprise data model;
  • Release Phase II of the Analytics Roadmap and Operating model, which will develop an integrated plan to support implementation across the department;
  • Establish a data-driven, goal-oriented culture to empower business process innovation across the Defence enterprise;
  • Continue to enhance education and training to enable analytics and sound data practices across DND/CAF; and
  • Coordinate a client-centric service design and delivery mechanism in compliance with the new TBS Policy on Service and Digital.

Defence Innovation and Business Transformation

DND is modernizing. We are enhancing our data analytics to better drive evidence-based decision-making. A new vision for data, established in the DND/CAF Data Strategy, will be applied. The department will develop and amend policies to expand data use in operations and decision-making and to improve accountability for data management. We will implement data governance and data quality frameworks and use them to steward our data. We will support initiatives that implement master data,

which will help with data quality and interoperability.

DND will identify business processes and requirements to modernize Defence resource management. The Defence Resource Business Modernization program will support business transformation across the defence enterprise in its effort towards fostering a culture of evidence-based decision-making. The department will drive the government?s Beyond2020 initiative, supporting a workforce that is agile, equipped and inclusive. It will foster grassroots business innovation. Science, Technology and Innovation (ST&I) play a vital role in Canada?s defence and security by ensuring that the women and men of the CAF are equipped with leading-edge capabilities to address defence and security challenges, both at home and abroad. In FY 2020-21, the Defence team plans to:

  • Provide expertise and science and technology advice on surveillance, intelligence, cyber tools for defence, space-related capabilities and threats, energy alternatives, remotely piloted systems, data analytics and counter-improvised explosive device solutions;
  • Engage with public safety and security stakeholders to meet the objectives set forth as part of the Canadian Safety and Security Program;
  • Evolve the deployment of medium assurance solution in collaboration with Communications Security Establishment;
  • Advance research and development in the future of cyber warfare to improve and strengthen both defensive and offensive capabilities;
  • Maintain interoperability within the Five Eyes community in a data-centric environment, which will maximize the probability of success in developing a cross-domain solution capability in Canada and allied networks;
  • Implement cloud computing capabilities to support major initiatives in data analytics and management, collaboration amongst the Defence team and modernization of classified computing networks;
  • Engage with Canadian innovators in solving defence and security challenges through the Innovation for Defence Excellence and Securityxxxiii (IDEaS) program. In FY 2020-21, the program will launch the two final tools of the program, issue contracts, deliver outreach activities and progress projects in support of the integrated defence and security ST&I Program and the Government of Canada innovation agenda;
  • Sustain ST&I activities to understand the risks and opportunities of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and AI-enabled systems. Research and Development efforts will be aimed at reducing workloads on CAF members, exploring the limits of integrating data to support operators and analysts and exploring AI techniques associated with the operation of autonomous vehicles. The ST&I program will also generate advice regarding the integration of AI-enabled systems and processes into operations, planning and decision-making;
  • Defend DND networks, assure the integrity of embedded code in vehicle systems and mitigate the risks of connected devices at the tactical edge. The Defence team, in partnership with Communications Security Establishment and Public Safety partners, will advance ST&I efforts to defend and protect both domestic and deployed DND networks, platform systems and infrastructure. Further, the Defence team and Communications Security Establishment will collaborate in policy development to enable Active Cyber Operations; and
  • Launch a new initiative aimed at developing tools and processes to assess the veracity of online information and detect/attribute online information campaigns in CAF areas of operation.