The Director of the U.S. Department of Defense, Command and Control Research Program (CCRP) and the Director General of the Canadian Department of National Defence, Defence Research & Development Canada - Valcartier (DRDC-V), welcome you to the 7th International Command and Control Research and Technology Symposium.

The theme for this year's symposium is Enabling Synchronized Operations. Complex coalition operations involve not only military-to-military interoperability, but also the ability of government agencies as well as a host of non-government and private voluntary organizations to work together effectively to synchronize a diverse set of plans and actions.

By bringing together experts from both the operational and technical communities of several countries, this symposium seeks to explore the nature of future coalition operations and new approaches to exercising command and control within the context of Information Age challenges and with the help of Information Age technologies. This symposium offers an opportunity to push the envelope in planning for the mission capabilities needed to deal with emerging conflicts in an uncertain environment.

The Canadian operational and R&D perspectives will be brought to you by our keynote speakers, Major General Hellier, Deputy Chief of Land Staff Ottawa, and Dr. John Leggat, Assistant Deputy Minister (S&T) and CEO of Defence R&D Canada, respectively.

For the first time, the 2002 ICCRTS spans 5 days. There will be invited plenary speakers and technical papers from several countries. Papers were grouped into eight tracks with a minimum number of parallel sessions. Together, the keynote and plenary sessions, and the 125 papers, representing military, governmental, academic and industrial communities, will address the nature of emerging challenges and their impact on critical command and control issues, including but not limited to: new command concepts, architectures, organizations, doctrine, system capabilities, and processes.

The 7th ICCRTS venue is of historical interest. Québec City, founded in 1608, served as a capital city under the French and British regimes.

The proceedings will be made available on CDROM and at the CCRP Website: