Request for Information on PNT Service for National Critical Infrastructure Resiliency
(Nov 30) The Department of Transportation is investigating opportunities by which the Federal Government may make use of service(s) which can provide the necessary backup capability or capabilities to ensure PNT continuity for U.S. critical infrastructure in the event of a temporary disruption in GPS availability. More
PNT Advisory Board Meeting Agenda
(Nov 30) The agenda for next week's PNT Advisory Board meeting in California is now available online. More
PNT Advisory Board to Convene December 7-8 in California
(Nov 7) The National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Advisory Board is scheduled to hold its next public meeting on December 7-8, 2016, at the Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach and Marina. More
Presentations from DOT Adjacent Band Compatibility Workshop
(Oct 18) The presentations from the Department of Transportation's October 14 workshop on GPS Adjacent Band Compatibility are now available. More
DoD Decision Breathes New Life into Critical OCX Satellite Program
(Oct 14) An Air Force program that will provide a vital new command system for the global positioning system satellite constellation in the shortest time possible will continue despite cost growth, Defense Department officials confirmed today. More
Best Practices for Leap Second Event Occurring on 31 December 2016
(Oct 14) DHS's National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) issued a best practices document to assist federal, state, local, and private sector organizations with preparations for the Saturday, 31 December 2016 Leap Second event. More
ITAR Controls on GPS/GNSS Receivers Updated
(Oct 12) Today, the State Department published its final rule revising Category XII of the U.S. Munitions List (USML) under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). Among other things, the rule updates the export controls on military GPS/GNSS receivers and moves them out of USML Category XV (Spacecraft Systems and Related Articles). More
DOT to Present Adjacent Band Test Results on October 14
(Oct 3) The Department of Transportation will host its fifth workshop on the GPS Adjacent Band Compatibility Assessment effort on October 14, 2016. More
SMC Exercises Contract Options to Procure Two Additional GPS III Satellites
(Sep 21) The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center awarded a contract option to Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company to procure two additional Global Positioning System III satellites today. More
- NDAA Conference Report Clears House (Dec 2) On Dec 2, the House of Representatives passed the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which recommends fully funding the GPS program and features provisions relating to the Next Generation Operational Control System (OCX), foreign PNT systems, backup and complementary PNT, and harmful interference.
- GAO Reviews Air Force Report on GPS Acquisition (Oct 21) On October 17, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released its assessment of the Air Force's first quarterly report on GPS acquisition. The FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) requires the Air Force to provide quarterly reports to GAO on GPS acquisition programs. It further directs GAO to brief the congressional defense committees on the Air Force's initial report. GAO found that the first Air Force report lacked key information needed to track the quarterly progress of GPS III, OCX, and military user equipment. GAO also made recommendations for improving the transparency and effectiveness of future quarterly reports.
- DoD Certifies GPS OCX Program to Congress (Oct 14) On October 13, Under Secretary of Defense Frank Kendall sent Congress the certification required by law to avoid termination of the GPS Next Generation Operational Control System (OCX) program. The Air Force had declared a critical Nunn-McCurdy breach (cost overrun) in the OCX budget on June 30, triggering a mandatory process to either cancel or restructure the program. The OCX system will command all modernized and legacy GPS satellites, manage all civil and military navigation signals, and provide improved cybersecurity and resilience for the next generation of GPS operations. The alternatives to certifying the program included several options, including program termination, but this was deemed simply unworkable, due to the extended time it would require to design and field a new ground system for the vital GPS III network.