From Radio to Smartphone: Warfare in the Information Age, 1918-2018

Jan. 31- Feb. 1, 2018
Wu Conference Centre
University of New Brunswick
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada 

Call for Papers

From Radio to SmartphoneThe theme for our 2018 conference focuses on military operations in the age of modern electronic communications and information processors. Conference topics may range from the introduction of effective radios and signals intelligence during the two world wars through to the present age of mobile phones, cyber-operations, and the social-media information battlefield. More recently the US Department of Defence increased investment in sensor, communications, and command systems to strengthen “theater-wide battle networks” as part of their “Third Offset Strategy”. These technological advances and increased global connectivity are already impacting Canadian, NATO, and other allied armed forces.

From Radio to SmartphoneThis year’s conference aims to explore the ways that communication and information technology have altered the face of armed conflict around the world during the past century and will continue to do so in the near future. Much of the conference audience consists of instructor staff at the Canadian Army’s Combat Training Centre combat arms and combat service support schools. The CTC delivers training for commissioned and non-commissioned members at the junior and mid-levels, making this conference an excellent opportunity to engage the instructors, disseminate ideas, and promote discussion and intellectual readiness across the entire Canadian Army community. This annual conference brings together veteran Army instructors, Base Gagetown lodger units, 5 Division reservists, police, civilian practitioners, academics and students to discuss issues that matter to Canadian Army readiness and national security. Selected papers may be published. Topics this year include but are not limited to:

  • · The advent of wireless voice communication

  • · Signals Intelligence and deception

  • · Weapons effectiveness and targeting

  • · Electronic warfare

  • · Smart weapon technology

  • · Unmanned aerial vehicles

  • · Social-technological networks

  • · The smart-phone generation

  • · Training simulation

  • · Command & control systems

  • · Cyber-security and warfare

  • · Information warfare and influence activities

  • · Theatre-wide battle networks

  • · Third Offset Strategy

  • · Technologically empowered insurgency

The Gregg Centre and the Combat Training Centre invite scholars and practitioners to submit paper or panel proposals for our annual conference.  Paper proposals and a short curriculum vitae must be submitted no later than 29 November 2017. Inquiries and proposals should be sent to the Gregg Centre-CTC Conference Committee c/o Prof. Lee Windsor at:

Annual Gregg Centre - Combat Training Centre Conference

This event brings Canadian Forces personnel, academics, officials from partnered government departments, NGOs, students and the general public together in one forum to discuss defence matters of import to the nation. Our unique emphasis falls on how national and international policy relates to soldiers deployed on active operations. The event is co-organized with the CTC's Tactics School.

Key participants include instructor cadre from corps and branch schools at CFB Gagetown's Combat Training Centre making this event a vehicle for disseminating new research throughout the army. Members of other Canadian Forces elements and branches are encouraged to attend. The conference is also open to civilians, academics and students who wish to see inside today's Canadian Forces.

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