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  • Information toolkit for suppliers: How to obtain a security clearance

    February 12, 2023 | Information, Other Defence

    Information toolkit for suppliers: How to obtain a security clearance

    This information toolkit provides quick and easy access to resources and tools designed to help your organization obtain a security clearance with Public Services and Procurement Canada's Contract Security Program (CSP). The toolkit goes through the steps that your organization and employees must follow before bidding or working on a federal government contract with security requirements. Under each step, you will find links to online resources, guides, videos and training materials. These resources and tools will give your organization and employees practical advice on how to complete security screening activities and forms, and comply with CSP requirements. Sections Step 1: Security requirements and types of security clearance Understand what are security requirements and which type of security clearance your organization may need to bid or work on a federal government contract. Step 2: Sponsorship Learn how your organization must be sponsored to get security screened by the CSP. Step 3: Organization security screening Learn the main steps and forms your organization will need to complete to be screened by the CSP. Step 4: Personnel security screening Once screened by the CSP, learn how your organization can request the appropriate level of personnel screening for eligible employees. Step 5: Subcontracting Learn how to request security screening for subcontractors to ensure they meet the security requirements of a federal government contract. Step 6: Maintaining compliance Understand what your organization and employees will be required to do to stay compliant with the security requirements of a federal government contract. More information If you have any questions or need one-on-one assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the Contract Security Program's client service centre. Find out where to send your completed documentation in the submitting request, forms and other documents for contract security.

  • The Air Force’s new information warfare command still has work before full integration

    September 17, 2020 | Information, Aerospace

    The Air Force’s new information warfare command still has work before full integration

    Mark Pomerleau WASHINGTON — While the Air Force's new information warfare command has reached its full operational capability less than a year after it was created, leaders still have work to do to fully integrate its combined capabilities in a mature fashion. That assessment comes from Brig. Gen. Bradley Pyburn, deputy commander of 16th Air Force, who on Tuesday laid out a three-pronged criteria — deconfliction, synchronization and integration — for assessing the command's maturity during a virtual event hosted by AFCEA's Alamo chapter. The command combines what was previously known as 24th and 25th Air Force, placing cyber, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, electronic warfare and weather capabilities under a single commander. The first category Pyburn coined is deconfliction, which essentially means “do no harm.” Pyburn described the need to have situational awareness of the battlespace and understand what friendly and enemy forces are where, what authorities exist, what targets forces are looking at and what capabilities they have. The second phase of maturity is synchronization, which involves aligning all the capabilities and actions in the battlespace. Pyburn said if the command adds activity A to activity B and C, it will end up with a greater result, because it can change the timing and tempo of how the effects are delivered for maximum impact. Lastly, Pyburn described integration as the most mature aspect of where 16th Air Force currently is. This involves baking in planning, assessment, command and control, all the desperate effects and operations from the beginning. This is where the command really begins to break down all the stovepipes that previously existed with all these capabilities, a key reason for integrating and creating the new organization. “From a maturity perspective, where do I think 16th Air Force is? We're probably somewhere between deconfliction and synchronization. We've got some examples of where we approach integration but I think it's healthy we understand where we're at today and where we want to go forward in the future,” Pyburn explained. The command has created what Pyburn called a J9 to help with assessing maturity. The J9 would be plugged into real world events and exercises to help with those self assessments. In a generic example, Pyburn outlined what full maturity integration would look like. A mission partner requests support, which could be in the form of air domain awareness, finding particular targets or threats or ISR assistance. 16th Air Force, in turn, would be able to link that request with other needs, either in the same geographic area or in other areas of operations, pioneering what its top officials describe as a “problem-centric approach,” which aims to look at the specific problems the commands they support are looking to solve and starting from there. “[In] our problem centric approach, as we look to generate insights across all of our 16th Air Force capabilities, what we may find is that particular problem set is linked to other problem sets and we're able to focus on the root cause of the problem,” Pyburn said. Based on a raft of authorities from cyberspace to intelligence collection as well as the relationships built through other communities and organizations, 16th Air Force can look at the root cause of a problem and build from there. “We can build a community of interest, we can start to put mission partners together into [an] operational planning team and we can not only generate better insights against that root cause, we can start to look at how we can layer in effects at speed and at scale across all domains of warfare and give the options to the combatant commander and the mission partner as the authorities to go after that adversary,” Pyburn said. Pyburn also offered insight into the command structure of 16th Air Force, which has his deputy commander job along with a vice commander role. That latter job, held by Brig. Gen. David Gaedecke — who previously served as the lead for the Air Force's year long electronic warfare study — does more of the traditional operational, test and evaluation functions. In the deputy commander role, Pyburn said his job is similar to the director of operations. He comes up with the requirements in support of combatant commanders. “Part of it is, I may think I know what I want, but if I don't see what the art of the possible is, it's really hard to know what I want, if that makes sense. It's a little bit of a chicken and egg,” he said.

  • Integrating Australian Jets into the Current Royal Canadian Air Force Fighter Fleet

    December 12, 2017 | Information, Aerospace

    Integrating Australian Jets into the Current Royal Canadian Air Force Fighter Fleet

    Backgrounder From National Defence December 12, 2017 – Ottawa, Ontario – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces Canada recently announced its decision to purchase Australian F-18 aircraft to supplement the current fleet of fighter aircraft. These aircraft are of similar age and design to Canada's CF-18 fleet and can be integrated quickly with minimal modifications, training and infrastructure changes. In order to integrate these aircraft into Royal Canadian Air Force's (RCAF) operations, the following steps will be taken. Once complete, the aircraft purchased from Australia will integrate seamlessly with the current CF-18 fleet. Life extension and upgrade The Australian F-18 aircraft will be modified and undergo the technical work to be brought to a similar configuration to Canada's CF-18 aircraft, and to ensure that they will be available to supplement the CF-18 fleet until the future fighter fleet is procured. Canada has extensive experience doing this with our current fleet of fighter jets. Modifications and maintenance of the current CF-18 fleet will continue to be required. The Government of Canada has evaluated the required work and associated costs to sustain the current fleet and these additional aircraft. Over the years, both Australia and Canada have made significant investments in the development of structural modifications and capability that have allowed the structural life of our respective F-18s to be extended. More recently however, Canada invested in the development of additional structural modifications that Australia did not. These modifications are currently being applied to Canadian aircraft, and will also be applied to Australian aircraft acquired by Canada thereby allowing a further life extension. These aircraft are currently being employed in operations. Inspections have confirmed that they can be life extended and upgraded to the level of our current fleet. Acquiring spare parts Part of the purchase from the Australian government will include spare parts to help sustain these additional aircraft and the existing CF-18 fleet until the future fighter fleet is operational. Canada also has an existing supply chain for F-18 parts that we will continue to use. Training and personnel Training for the Australian F-18 is identical to that which is required for the present fleet of CF-18s. More aircraft will require more pilots and more technicians to maintain the aircraft. As outlined in Strong, Secure, Engaged, energized retention and recruitment efforts are underway to meet these personnel requirements. Operations Canada's defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, requires the Canadian Armed Forces to fulfil missions at home, in North America, and elsewhere in the world, concurrently. With respect to Canada's fighter capability, the Royal Canadian Air Force must be able to provide a number of mission-ready planes to fully and simultaneously meet Canada's commitments to both NORAD and NATO. Canada does not currently have the aircraft or personnel to fully meet these commitments simultaneously. The supplementation of additional aircraft will provide required capacity to meet our obligation in a seamless way with our current fleet. The first supplemental aircraft are expected to be available for operational employment in the early 2020s, after structural upgrades are completed to match the CF-18 fleet. Infrastructure The aircraft will be employed at 3 Wing Bagotville and 4 Wing Cold Lake. DND is currently reviewing infrastructure requirements to accommodate the additional aircraft. Any modifications are expected to be minimal as the supplemental jets are of similar age and design to the CF-18. Related Products News Release: Canada announces plan to replace fighter jet fleet Backgrounder: Engagement with Industry and Allied Partners Backgrounder: The Procurement Process Defined: Replacing Canada's CF-18 Fleet Backgrounder: Ensuring Economic Benefits for Canada Backgrounder: The Role of Canada's CF-18 Fighter Fleet Associated Links CF-188 Hornet Contacts Media Relations Department of National Defence Phone: 613-996-2353 Email:

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