“How do you future-proof the Royal Canadian Navy without knowing the future security environment 30 years from now?” asks Commander Scott Shortridge, Director Navy Innovation for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN).
“Well, you need to focus on outcomes before requirements. And the best way to do that is to use an innovative tool called ‘use cases’.”
The RCN is embarked on a major recapitalization of its Fleet that will ensure the RCN and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) are well positioned to continue to safeguard Canadian defence and security interests into the foreseeable future.
Use cases are an innovative approach that define desired outcomes before knowing exact requirements. The approach uses a narrative format to focus on improved communications and can be characterized as a collaborative effort on the part of the user and the solution provider – in this case the RCN and defence industry, respectively.
The RCN has already used this approach, having developed six use cases for the Canadian Surface Combatant, which were focused on major areas of warfare capability: anti-air, anti-surface and underwater warfare; communications and information systems; cyber; and systems integration.
Each use case described a variety of scenarios that the ship will be expected to successfully face, in order to achieve its mission. For example, the anti–air warfare use case included a number of scenarios where the ship would need to survive a series of missile attacks…