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February 16, 2021 | Local, C4ISR, Security

New Classified Stream of IDEaS

New Classified Stream of IDEaS



The Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) recognize that some of the largest and most challenging defence and security issues are classified in nature, and that defence technologies will increasingly be needed from sectors dealing with information and communication, cyber, and other emerging sensory and data processing technologies and software.


DND/CAF are seeking innovative science and technology (S&T) solutions to Canada’s classified defence and security Challenges through a classified Call for Proposals process. Classified challenges will have a Secret security designation. DND/CAF will support Challenges under the Classified Stream to increase the base of suppliers with classified capabilities to DND, and to address topics specifically linked to the mission of DND/CAF. The Classified Stream will enable the possibility to share secure information about classified Challenges so that tailored solutions may be proposed.


The seven domains currently under consideration are as follows:


  1. Underwater Warfare
  2. Cloud-based Data Fusion and Automation
  3. Space Sensor Payloads
  4. Counter Explosive Threat (CET)
  5. Defeating Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Devices (RC-IED)
  6. Counter-Uninhabited Aerial Systems (C-UAS)
  7. Soldier Systems Integration

Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) is issuing this Request for Information (RFI) on behalf of the DND/CAF IDEaS program, to seek industry feedback on the potential development of a classified stream Call for Proposals (CFP).

To view the RFI, please visit:


We welcome your input and look forward to launching the new Classified Stream of IDEaS soon!


Thank you,


Eric Fournier

Director General Innovation

Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS)

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