The Soldier Systems Technology Roadmap (SSTRM) is a government-industry collaboration aimed at enhancing the operational effectiveness of the future Canadian soldier while increasing the competitiveness of Canadian industry through innovation.
To date, the Soldier Systems Technology Roadmap (SSTRM) has involved over 1500 participants from industry, academia, government and the Canadian Forces working collaboratively through a series of workshops to produce both the Development Phase and Outcome needed in the identification of capability needs for the future Canadian Forces' soldier and the necessary enabling technologies to meet those needs. The results of these efforts, the Soldier Systems Technology Roadmap: Capstone Report and Action Plan, provides a roadmap to future innovation to help industry and academia focus their research efforts to take advantage of future commercial opportunities at home and abroad.
For the implementation of the SSTRM, the S&T community — industry, academia, and government — is invited to submit research and development proposals that address the technology needs in the Capstone Report and Action Plan. Given the wide scope of soldier systems-related technologies, those with military and non-military expertise are encouraged to participate.
Soldier Systems was launched earlier this month and describes the work of the Director Soldier Systems Program Management (DSSPM), a 1e2a multi-disciplinary, military/civilian team charged with designing, procuring and maintaining the clothing and personal equipment for the members of the Canadian Forces. It is designed to accommodate those who do not normally have Defence Wide Area Network (DWAN) access. Of particular interest to industry, the website includes a section on how to do business with DSSPM and a frequently updated list of upcoming procurements.