|We inhabited the snazzy |
Board of Governors room
|The CDSN SI 2022 Cohort!|
Our sessions included threat assessments and understanding the policy process, networking upskilling, talking with folks in the media, the intel scene, civil-military relations, a visit to NDHQ to talk with the folks from CFINTCOM (the military intelligence folks) and with DND officials, strategic foresight and redteaming, diversity and inclusivity, procurement, and bridging the gap.
Participants noted that diversity and inclusivity were running themes all week long. The funny thing is we had only one morning dedicated to those topics, but our speakers kept bringing them up in their stuff as the existential personnel crisis the Canadian military is facing makes the right thing to do also the smart thing to do.
I really enjoyed meeting the participants and also hanging out with the various speakers who could make it to Ottawa. I learned a lot along the way, including a military officer is the one who is in charge of Canada's "defence intelligence enterprise" which surprised me, causing me to ask a civ-mil question. I joked that this was all an elaborate excuse for me to learn a ton of stuff in a week.
We will be putting out a report in the next month that describes the entire week, and we will be issuing a survey and going through our notes to figure out how to make the next iteration next summer even better
I will just post a few photos here (Carelove took great pics that will be posted online and in our report), thank all of the folks involved especially the CDSN's partners and staff, and simply declare victory! And thanks to MINDS at DND and SSHRC for funding it!
|The lessons learned from the simulation|
|the sim was multidimensional, including a |
research ship in the Arctic needing rescue
|Andy Knight joined us to discuss |
multiple meanings of security
|Whitney Lackenbauer helped us think about the Arctic|
|Martine Roy and Cathy Blue discussed making|
institutions more inclusive.
|We had a reception midway through to connect|
our participants to last year's cohort, some of the
presenters, partners, and friends of the CDSN
|We visited DND HQ |
and even got to the executive floor!
|Lindsay Cohn shared with us her take on |
civil-military relations, and, yes, I got to present
on the Canadian cased.
|Rachel Babins of Emerging Leaders in |
Canadian Security discussed networking
|A sign of success. I paid the bill an hour ago,|
and folks stuck around at the closing dinner.
|Much thanks to the CDSN team: Kaha, Melissa, Rachel and,|
out of the frame, Carelove.
Now onto the next things: midterm report and October conference!