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GAO Reviews Air Force Report on GPS Acquisition
(Oct 21) On October 17, GAO released its assessment of the Air Force's first quarterly report on GPS acquisition. Both reports were mandated by Congress in the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act.
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.
House Passes Legislation on "Backup Global Positioning System"
(Sep 28) On September 26, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5978, which includes language promoting the need for a complement to and backup for GPS.
Senate Hearing Includes Discussion of GPS Alternatives
(Sep 15) During a September 15 hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) asked what was being done in relation to celestial navigation training and what was being done to remove dependency from electronic devices. Navy Admiral John Richardson responded, "with respect to minimizing our vulnerability to electronic navigation — Global Positioning Systems and those sorts of systems — really a multifaceted approach. We have started teaching celestial navigation, and so those types of courses are back in the curriculum at the Naval Academy and other places.... there are other ways to get precision navigation and timing into our systems, which is so critical not only for navigation, but also for weapon systems performance and everything across the board. And so that's an area of emphasis as well, and these would be systems that would be independent of GPS and potentially more precise than GPS."
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