Emerging Technology Trend Cards

The Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) is proud to publish this catalogue of emerging technologies trend cards in support of the Government of Canada’s open science and research security initiatives. These trend cards can help researchers make science and research more transparent, inclusive, sustainable, and collaborative, while minimizing risks to security, especially with emerging technologies that have dual civilian and military uses.

DND’s science and technology organization, Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), developed these trend cards in partnership with the National Research Council (NRC), to openly communicate information about technologies that may impact defence, public safety, and national security. The trend cards offer one more tool to the research community by providing context and building awareness about emerging technologies, focused specifically on defence and national security. This can help researchers protect themselves, their sensitive work and valuable intellectual property, as well as Canadian national defence and security. However, please note that the trend cards do not add to or replace any Government of Canada lists of sensitive research areas, particularly for the purposes of research security due diligence.

DND will regularly update this catalogue of trend cards with new emerging technologies that may have impacts in those areas of national interest to better inform Canadian innovators now and into the future.

For more information on the technology domains identified, you are encouraged to reach out to DRDC’s science and technology foresight and risk assessment program at EDT-TEP@forces.gc.ca. This program was established in 2011 to identify emerging science and technology and assess their likely implications for defence, public safety, and national security.

Consult the DND/CAF Open Science Action Plan for learn more about the common, phased approach for making DND/CAF science and research data readily available to Canadians, while taking into account the unique safety and security considerations of the department.


Catalogue of emerging technology trend cards

Visit the pages below to access HTML and PDF versions of each emerging technologies trend card.

Title Description
Beyond line-of-sight communications and applications Modern wireless communications systems normally require a transmitter and receiver to be within ‘line-of-sight’ of each other. For example, smartphones switch between base stations to stay connected and enable voice and data transmission while on the move.
Directed energy weapons Directed energy weapons (DEWs) use concentrated energy from electromagnetic or particle technology, rather than kinetic energy, to degrade or destroy targets. DEWs have the capability to damage physical targets over several kilometers with high precision and accuracy.
Positioning, Navigation and Timing Technologies The Global Positioning System (GPS) is indispensable to the military and other industries for precise positioning, navigation and timing (PNT). However, satellite signals are increasingly vulnerable to accidental or intentional interference and are generally unavailable in certain locations, such as indoors, underground or underwater.
Space technologies Space technologies support critical functions in our daily lives. The range of space-enabled applications extends from communications and navigation to earth observation, weather forecasting, security and intelligence operations, and applications requiring precise timing/positioning.
Underwater detection Underwater detection technologies have a broad range of application, including the location and monitoring of subsurface infrastructure, mapping of undersea terrain, the study of aquatic biodiversity and supporting military operations such as the identification and tracking of submarines and other objects.