The Soldier Systems Technology Roadmap (SSTRM) is the largest Technology Roadmap undertaken to date by Industry Canada.
About Technology Roadmaps
Technology Roadmaps (TRMs) were designed by Industry Canada as a process to help Canadian industries decide on which technologies were needed to capture future markets, and to establish collaborations among a range of interested stakeholders to crack those technologies. TRMs are industry led, and involve academia, federal R&D organizations, government departments, and a range of other interested groups.
About the Soldier Systems TRM
Undertaken as a partnership between Industry Canada and DND’s Defence Research and Development Canada, the SSTRM is an innovative approach to pursuing Canada’s soldier modernization initiative. It harnesses the collaborative networking of TRMs to get industry, academia, laboratories, and soldiers together to choose what technologies should be worked on to meet the needs of tomorrow’s soldier.
The SSTRM is focused on the needs of the dismounted soldier. That is, the needs of the soldier who has to be away from vehicles and other support for up to 72 hours. This focuses the discussion very clearly on what the soldier carries and the equipment choices that are made to fulfill the mission and get back safely.
Much like other TRMs, the overall SSTRM project is divided into a development phase and an implementation phase.
The SSTRM has completed its development phase, and has moved into implementation. Development involved a series of technical workshops where individual soldier capability areas were discussed and directions were set concerning which technology areas should be worked on. The Summary Report of the SSTRM Development Phase Workshops is available at our SSTRM Documents Download Page.
The workshops provided an opportunity for soldiers to discuss their needs with technology people from across Canada and elsewhere, and for technology people to show the soldiers what might be possible. Through this exchange, soldiers learnied what might be possible using new technologies. At the same time, technology people from many different areas and organizations learned what solutions the soldier is looking for today and for the future. The TRM’s structured workshop environment encouraged all these people to interact so that, together, they could start to think of new solutions for the soldier, that they might not have thought of on their own.
These discussions are about technologies, rather than products. Company representatives who attended with a view to promoting their product lines quickly realized that the discussions were “at a different level” than that of individual products. Even so, these workshops were completely open to all who wanted to participate in these future-technology discussions. Workshops have involved a wide range of companies, government organizations, research organizations, and academics, and have led to collaborations that are beneficial to all those participating.
The Strategic Review Group Inc. had the privilege of facilitating the SSTRM technical workshops. It was a unique opportunity to foster a fascinating discussion about potential solutions that have never been thought of before, and new collaborations to develop those solutions. Phil Carr was the team’s lead facilitator.
The following is an introductory presentation provided by Mr. Geoff Nimmo from Industry Canada. Documents are available at our SSTRM Documents Download Page.
Technical workshops have been held on the following soldier capability areas, which are being called Technical Domains:
- Power/energy and sustainability,
- Lethal and non-lethal weapons effects,
- Operational clothing, footwear, and ballistic protection, and
- Human/systems integration.
We encourage all those who are interested in the SSTRM to visit the website at http://soldiersystems-systemesdusoldat.collaboration.gc.ca/eic/site/sstrm-crtss.nsf/eng/home