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Sep 26, 2022

In the latest episode of Vanguard Radio, J. Richard Jones is joined by Duncan McSporran, Chief Operations Officer & VP Defence and Public Sector, Kognitiv Spark. Mr. McSporran is a former military officer with a background in applied remote sensing, cartography, and GIS. He is a graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and Oxford Brookes University. In 2016, he helped to set up Kognitiv Spark which has grown into a global leader in the field of Augmented and Mixed Reality. His conversation with J. Richard Jones provides a brief over of Mixed Reality and its role in future deployments.

Also in this episode:

  • Learn the difference between Mixed Reality and Virtual Reality
  • Why this distinction is important
  • What is RemoteSpark?
  • How Mixed Reality is being implemented by defence clients
  • How secure is Mixed Reality technology?
  • How will the use of Mixed Reality evolve over the next 5 to 10 years?
Aug 29, 2022

In this episode of Vanguard Weekly, J. Richard Jones catches up with Chief Strategy Officer, Caleb Walker from WithYouWithMe (WYWM). The topic of discussion is a new digital software factory for the Canadian Armed Forces by the WYWM team and how this new project will assist in driving digital solutions and innovation that remove silos and help increase connectivity across the enterprise.

 

Canada joins other allies who are embracing digital solutions to help streamline processes across the enterprise to help realize efficiencies when it comes to supporting defence teams. Do you have an idea on how to improve processes? Looking to participate in a design sprint?

 

Tune in to find out how you can submit your ideas to the software factory.

Aug 8, 2022

Join J. Richard Jones for the latest episode of Vanguard Radio as he dives into the weighty topic of digitization with Victor Khoo, Chief Engineer, General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada and Infantry Officer Austin Douglas (Ret’d), Capture Manager, General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada. Army digitization presents many serious technical challenges and today’s conversation revolves around how TNaaS can solve these for the Canadian Armed Forces.

In this episode:

  • Digitization conversion vs. digitization transformation
  • Faster, better, stronger with technology
  • Embracing technology and reducing complexity
  • Digitization of land, sea, and air domains
  • Data Consolidation, Data Distribution, and Data Contextualization
  • Is the US also aligned with the TNaaS concept?
  • C4ISR is the Tactical Communications Modernization Project
  • Need for common system engineering
  • And so much more…
Jun 27, 2022

Join J. Richard Jones for another informative episode of Vanguard Radio. In this episode he speaks with Joseph McBrearty, President and CEO, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories. CNL is Canada’s premier nuclear science and technology organization, and a world leader in developing nuclear technology for peaceful and innovative applications. With their unique expertise, they are restoring and protecting the environment, advancing clean energy technology, and making medical breakthroughs that improve the health of people around the world.

In this episode:

  • Small Modular Reactors (SMR) and CNL’s role
  • Challenges to the adoption of nuclear technology
  • Nuclear technology misconceptions debunked
  • Preparing for climate change impact
  • Steps to Canada’s climate change and energy security ambitions
  • And more!
Jun 27, 2022

Join J. Richard Jones for another informative episode of Vanguard Radio. In this episode he speaks with Joseph McBrearty, President and CEO, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories. CNL is Canada’s premier nuclear science and technology organization, and a world leader in developing nuclear technology for peaceful and innovative applications. With their unique expertise, they are restoring and protecting the environment, advancing clean energy technology, and making medical breakthroughs that improve the health of people around the world.

In this episode:

  • Small Modular Reactors (SMR) and CNL’s role
  • Challenges to the adoption of nuclear technology
  • Nuclear technology misconceptions debunked
  • Preparing for climate change impact
  • Steps to Canada’s climate change and energy security ambitions
  • And more!
Jun 6, 2022

Welcome back to episode 4 of the Digital Natives and Modern Military podcast series. Joining J. Richard Jones once more are special guests, General Sir James Everard, former senior British Army Officer, and Deputy Supreme Allied Commander for NATO and LTCOL Caleb Walker, Global Vice President of Defence for WithYouWithMe. In this episode we explore how the militaries across the five eyes can look to innovation and in particular new engagement channels as a part of the fight to bring digital natives into their ranks.

In this episode:

  • Defence is foreign for digital natives
  • Spectrum engagement
  • The need to build innovation hubs within defence
  • And more!
Jun 2, 2022

In this episode of Vanguard radio, J. Richard Jones talks about Team SkyGuardian Canada, a collection of companies focused on delivering the most advanced long-range, long-endurance Remotely Piloted Aircraft for Canada by taking GA-ASI’s industry-leading RPAS – the MQ-9B SkyGuardian – and adding the extraordinary technologies of three established Canadian companies: CAE Canada, L3Harris Technologies’ Canadian subsidiary WESCAM, and MDA. Tune in as J. Richard and special guests: Michel Lalumiere, Director of International Strategic Development-Canada for General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc, France Hébert, Vice President and General Manager, Defence & Security (D&S) for CAE Canada, Cameron McKenzie, Vice President, Global Sales and Business Development, for the Wescam Inc., Dr. Minda Suchan, Vice President of GeoIntelligence at MDA, discuss the Team SkyGuardian partnership and how it unites Canadian capabilities with a leading RPAS platform.

In this episode:

  • The RPAS platform for long-term jobs across aerospace, defence and unmanned systems
  • Partnerships with Canadian industry leaders ensure Canadian sovereignty and operations by Canada joining the growing global MQ-9B Group of Operators across sustainment and in the development of leading-edge technology
  • The commitment to Canada by providing an interoperable solution – an interoperable system of systems – to meet Canada’s strategic vision and primary missions in Strong, Secure and Engaged in addition to its Industrial Technological Benefits Policy Requirements
  • And so much more!
Jun 2, 2022

In this episode of Vanguard radio, J. Richard Jones talks about Team SkyGuardian Canada, a collection of companies focused on delivering the most advanced long-range, long-endurance Remotely Piloted Aircraft for Canada by taking GA-ASI’s industry-leading RPA – the MQ-9B SkyGuardian – and adding the extraordinary technologies of three established Canadian companies: CAE Canada, L3Harris Technologies’ Canadian subsidiary WESCAM, and MDA. Tune in as J. Richard and special guests: Michel Lalumiere, Director of International Strategic Development-Canada for General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc, France Hébert, Vice President and General Manager, Defence & Security (D&S) for CAE Canada, Cameron McKenzie, Vice President, Global Sales and Business Development, for the Wescam Inc., Dr. Minda Suchan, Vice President of GeoIntelligence at MDA, discuss the Team SkyGuardian partnership and how it unites Canadian capabilities with a leading RPA platform.

In this episode:

  • The RPA platform for long-term jobs across aerospace, defence and unmanned systems
  • Partnerships with Canadian industry leaders ensure Canadian sovereignty and operations by Canada joining the growing global MQ-9B Group of Operators across sustainment and in the development of leading-edge technology
  • The commitment to Canada by providing an interoperable solution – an interoperable system of systems – to meet Canada’s strategic vision and primary missions in Strong, Secure and Engaged in addition to its Industrial Technological Benefits Policy Requirements
  • And so much more!
May 24, 2022

Join host, J. Richard Jones as he speaks with Chris Pogue, Chief Executive Officer, Thales Canada and Jeff Spencer, Chief Executive Officer, Atreides as they discuss the promise of trust as a catalyst for transformation. It’s been five years the Government of Canada awarded Thales the AJISS (Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship/Joint Support Ship In-Service Support) contract, which includes In-Service Support (ISS), refit, repair, maintenance, and training for the Royal Canadian Navy’s new Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) and Joint Support Ships (JSS). This is the largest ISS contract in Canadian history. In the meantime, the need for, and urgency of further accelerating digital transformation has been growing.  

In this episode:

  • What has changed since the AJISS contract was awarded?
  • When and how Thales and Atreides met
  • What they have accomplished together
  • The promise and potential of collaborative innovation between primes and SMBs
  • And much, much more
May 18, 2022

Welcome back! In episode three of our special 5-part podcast series, J. Richard Jones and special guests, General Sir James Everard, former senior British Army Officer, and Deputy Supreme Allied Commander for NATO and LTCOL Caleb Walker, Global Vice President of Defence for WithYouWithMe explore the idea of service as it relates to digital natives. Just what are digital natives looking for and how can the military meet that need?

In this episode:

  • Meeting the needs of digital natives
  • Inspired through service
  • Pattern of service or hybrid service - the flexible establishment model
  • The digital future of military
  • And so much more!

Coming soon:

Episode 4: New Engagement Channels: Incorporating Innovation

May 18, 2022

Welcome back! In episode three of our special 5-part podcast series, J. Richard Jones and special guests, General Sir James Everard, former senior British Army Officer, and Deputy Supreme Allied Commander for NATO and LTCOL Caleb Walker, Global Vice President of Defence for WithYouWithMe explore the idea of service as it relates to digital natives. Just what are digital natives looking for and how can the military meet that need?

In this episode:

  • Meeting the needs of digital natives
  • Inspired through service
  • Pattern of service or hybrid service - the flexible establishment model
  • The digital future of military
  • And so much more!

Coming soon:

Episode 4: New Engagement Channels: Incorporating Innovation

May 17, 2022

Get the full heads-up display in this episode of Vanguard Radio as J. Richard Jones speaks with Jordan Freed, President and Managing Director for Kongsberg Geospatial and Paige Cutland, Vice-President Sales and Marketing for Kongsberg Geospatial. Based out of Ottawa, Canada, Kongsberg Geospacial is the leading provider of mission-critical real-time mapping, geospatial visualization, and situational awareness solutions for air-traffic control, Command and Control, and air defence.

In this episode:

  • Learn what problems Kongsberg is solving for clients
  • What kind of applications Kongsberg produces
  • Successful use cases of the TerraLens
  • The latest updates on their IRIS product
  • Latest products in the pipeline
  • And so much more!
May 16, 2022

Pull up a chair for this electrifying episode of Vanguard Radio as J. Richard Jones speaks with Bruce Alexander, President, Raymond EMC about military electromagnetic capability (EMC), emissions security (EMSEC), and TEMPEST technology. Your security is the issue in this conversation about bad actors who could be stealing your data, keystrokes, and video.

Also in this episode:

  • Bruce Alexander’s journey in the industry
  • What exactly is EMC?
  • The four pillars of EMC testing
  • What is EMSEC and TEMPEST
  • What’s at risk?
  • And more!
May 13, 2022

In this episode of Vanguard Radio, the topic of conversation revolves around satellites and Arctic communications services. Host, J. Richard Jones, interviews Gill Fortin, Director Business Development, Canada, Inmarsat. With experience spanning Customer Service, Operations, Technical Support, Product Management, Account Management, Sales and Business Development, Gill has seen and contributed to the changes that have helped shape the satellite industry as it is today and offers a unique perspective on the challenges faced by those requiring communications services in the Arctic.

In this episode:

  • Why are Arctic communications services so vital?
  • Who benefits from satellite services in the Arctic?
  • How would Arctic satellite services be used in the future?
  • What’s the biggest impediment to Arctic satellite service?
  • How are world events affecting Arctic interests?
  • And more…
May 12, 2022

Welcome back to episode two of our special 5-part podcast series.  Join host, J. Richard Jones and special guests, General Sir James Everard, former senior British Army Officer and Deputy Supreme Allied Commander for NATO and LTCOL Caleb Walker, Global Vice President of Defence for WithYouWithMe. In the episode listen in as they examine the challenge facing all militaries across the West around engaging digital natives – with a particular focus on the future fight and the need for militaries to build out their digital armies.

Also in this episode:

  • The business of military is changing fast. We need to be prepared, we need to build our armies, and this includes digital armies
  • How technology and digital environments are disrupting established ways of operating
  • Growing demand for cyber demands a new approach to recruitment
  • The number one reason for retirement
  • And so much more!
May 5, 2022

In this episode of Vanguard Radio, J. Richard Jones speaks with James Baker, CEO of Keynote Search, a full-service search and recruitment firm with a unique 12-month success guarantee. Keynote has a particular focus on the aerospace, technology, non-profit, and financial services sectors within Canada. In their discussion, Mr. Baker pinpoints the unique challenges for both employers and employees in the current employment climate. He also touches on the strong competitiveness being seen between employers now and highlights how COVID has impacted employment and the way we think about work, including working hours, incentives, remote work, and equity.

Also in this episode:

  • Discover the biggest pressures on the talent sector
  • Learn about successful tactics for attracting and retaining talent
  • Equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) considerations in the defence industry
  • Labour market forecast
  • What sets Keynote Search apart from other search firms?
May 5, 2022

In this episode of Vanguard Weekly, J. Richard Jones welcomes back special guest Caleb Walker, Vice President Defence and Federal, WithYouWithMe. Tune in as they discuss what is a Tech Design Sprint and how you can participate. Government faces common technology challenges as they build their digital strategies. The Design Sprint will have a theme focused on ‘building national resilience’ and provide opportunities for participants to co-design tech solutions to real problems. But its so much more than that!

In this episode:

  • Why the Design Sprint and what are the objectives?
  • Talking about and working through tech solutions to help with common digital challenges
  • The business process, getting started and mapping it out, before the technology
  • New ideas and learning from different departments
  • Understanding the user experience and how to improve
  • Design Sprint, a week of knowledge and exploration
  • The Design Sprint and how to participate
May 4, 2022

Welcome to episode 1 of a special 5-part podcast series. Join host, J. Richard Jones and guests, General Sir James Everard, former senior British Army Officer and Deputy Supreme Allied Commander for NATO and LTCOL Caleb Walker, Global Vice President of Defence for WithYouWithMe, as they take a deep and revealing dive into the ongoing process of engaging with and attracting the digital-native generation to the modern military and defence industry. There is a skills crisis unfolding in western armed forces and attracting the hearts and minds of digital natives is the key to winning this talent war.

Also in this episode:

  • The digital space
  • The lack of digital talent
  • The changing character of war
  • Attracting digital natives
  • Training digital technology Jedi
  • The human edge and information dominance
  • The role of education
  • Adventure, purpose, opportunity, and social impact
  • Preparing to fight the future fight
  • And even more!
Apr 12, 2022

In this episode of CGE Radio, J. Richard Jones speaks with Derek Dobson, Defence Industry lead, Microsoft Canada and Chris Pogue, CEO, Thales Canada. Defence organizations around the world are embarking on their digital transformation journey. There are challenges but also huge opportunities. How do you succeed? Tune in as we discuss the key drivers for digital transformation in defence, best practices, lessons learned from both defence forces and industry, and the importance of partnership, procurement reform, and culture as transformation enablers.  

In this episode:

  • How the demands of the battlefield have changed and why digital transformation is vital
  • Best practices for management of digital transformation
  • How a defence organization can get started with their digital transformation journey
  • Why partnership and collaboration are so important in the defence industry
  • The future of intelligence on the battlefield
  • And much, much more!

 

Apr 12, 2022

In this episode of CGE Radio, J. Richard Jones speaks with Derek Dobson, Defence Industry lead, Microsoft Canada and Chris Pogue, CEO, Thales Canada. Defence organizations around the world are embarking on their digital transformation journey. There are challenges but also huge opportunities. How do you succeed? Tune in as we discuss the key drivers for digital transformation in defence, best practices, lessons learned from both defence forces and industry, and the importance of partnership, procurement reform, and culture as transformation enablers.  

In this episode:

  • How the demands of the battlefield have changed and why digital transformation is vital
  • Best practices for management of digital transformation
  • How a defence organization can get started with their digital transformation journey
  • Why partnership and collaboration are so important in the defence industry
  • The future of intelligence on the battlefield
  • And much, much more!

 

Apr 6, 2022

The Digital Divide, Digital Insurgency, and Communications in Modern Warfare

In this episode of Vanguard Radio, J. Richard Jones speaks with Major General (Ret) Rupert Jones and Caleb Walker, Country Manager, WithYou,With Me. The conversation delves deep into the need for a digital insurgency to bridge the digital divide in modern militaries while citing real time examples and lessons being observed in the unfolding Russia-Ukraine war.  How does the traditional military model of command and control communications stack up against free flowing social media and open source digital data that is readily available and in the hands of common citizens? Can digital communication be harnessed to shape a narrative and build an army that can change the course of a war? Buckle up for this exciting, cutting edge discussion.

In this episode:

  • The unseen electronic warfare present in modern conflict
  • The 300,000 person IT army of Ukraine
  • Are Western armies training their soldiers effectively enough for digital warfare?
  • Can Western militaries bridge the digital divide?
  • TikTok videos versus tanks
  • And so much more!
Apr 6, 2022

The Digital Divide, Digital Insurgency, and Communications in Modern Warfare

In this episode of Vanguard Radio, J. Richard Jones speaks with Major General (Ret) Rupert Jones and Caleb Walker, Country Manager, WithYou,With Me. The conversation delves deep into the need for a digital insurgency to bridge the digital divide in modern militaries while citing real time examples and lessons being observed in the unfolding Russia-Ukraine war.  How does the traditional military model of command and control communications stack up against free flowing social media and open source digital data that is readily available and in the hands of common citizens? Can digital communication be harnessed to shape a narrative and build an army that can change the course of a war? Buckle up for this exciting, cutting edge discussion.

In this episode:

  • The unseen electronic warfare present in modern conflict
  • The 300,000 person IT army of Ukraine
  • Are Western armies training their soldiers effectively enough for digital warfare?
  • Can Western militaries bridge the digital divide?
  • TikTok videos versus tanks
  • And so much more!
Mar 21, 2022

In the episode of CGE Radio, J. Richard Jones speaks with Emma Palmacci PhD - Senior Director, Global Strategy, Mission Systems, Collins Aerospace. Tune is as they talk about industry strategy and global trends. As part of its contribution and commitment to Department of National Defence's MINDS program, Collins Aerospace teamed up with Carleton University's Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, with the support of MITACS, to conduct a 2.5-year long research endeavor on the Impacts of Emerging Technology on Defence Policy. This joint effort supported the professional growth of graduate level interns – the next generation of defence experts – for a period ranging from a few months to the full duration. The project examined key emerging technologies, interoperability, connectivity, C4ISR and connected battlespace capabilities.

In this episode:

  • How international customer behaviours have been evolving over the last few years
  • What are the main drivers of C4ISR capability development?
  • What are the emerging technologies with disruptive impacts?
  • What are the lessons learned around the world?
  • Why collaboration between industry and government is increasingly important?
  • And more!
Mar 7, 2022

In this episode of Vanguard Radio, J. Richard Jones chats with Jana Lee Murray, Program Director for Babcock Leonardo Canadian Aircrew Training and Miguel Bernard, Chief of Staff of Babcock Leonardo Canadian Aircrew Training. They discuss the Babcock Leonardo Canadian Aircrew Training - BLCAT.

Babcock Canada and Leonardo Canada are two leading Canadian defence and aerospace organizations that were selected as pre-qualified bidders for Canada's Future Aircrew Training program. In August of last year, they announced they were coming together to create a new entity called Babcock Leonardo Canadian Aircrew Training to jointly develop a best-in-class solution for Canada's Future Aircrew Training program. 

In this episode:

  • The Future Aircrew Training program (FAcT) and its future
  • Why the new partnership between Babcock Canada and Leonardo Canada? 
  • How the Babcock Leonardo Canadian Aircrew Training team is working with the communities that are touched by the current FAcT program? 
  • How is the Babcock Leonardo Canadian Aircrew Training team planning to invest in and deliver economic value for Canada? 
  • And so much more!
Feb 25, 2022

In this episode of Vanguard Radio, J. Richard Jones speaks with Lorraine Ben, Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin Canada and Glenn Copeland, Director, Business Development Lockheed Martin Canada RMS. The topic of discussion for this episode is the economic impact of the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) program on Canada, both immediate and especially long-term. Listen in to learn more.

Episode topics:

  • What does the CSC program bring to the employment table for Canadians?
  • How does Lockheed Martin Canada know the CSC will be effective?
  • How will the program deliver the requirements of the Royal Canadian Navy in the near and far future?
  • How far reaching is the CSC program?
  • And more…
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