Ninth Meeting
November 9-10, 2011

Crown Plaza Hotel -- Washington Ballroom
Metro Blue/Yellow Line to King Street
901 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011
9:00 - 9:10 BOARD CONVENES
Call to Order
Mr. James J. Miller, PNT Advisory Board Executive Director, NASA
9:10 - 9:30 Introductions, Announcements, & Agenda
Finalizing Recommendations for December 14 PNT EXCOM
Dr. James Schlesinger, Chair
Dr. Bradford Parkinson, Vice-Chair
9:30 - 9:45 PNT Executive Committee Update
Activities & Current Policy Issues
Mr. Tony Russo, Director, National Coordination Office for Space-Based PNT
9:45 - 10:00 U.S. National Space Policy Update
White House Perspective on Future PNT Policy Actions
Mr. Chirag Parikh, Director, Space Policy, National Security Council
10:00 - 10:20 GPS Constellation Update & Modernization Plans
Progress & Challenges for Legacy and New Segments
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Brig Gen David Thompson & Col Harold "Stormy" Martin, Air Force Space Command
10:20 - 10:30 National PNT Architecture Goals & Evolution
Identifying Synergies to Address Capability
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Ms. Karen VanDyke, Director for PNT, DOT Research & Innovative Technology Administration
10:30 - 10:45 BREAK
10:45 - 11:05 Analysis of Alternatives (AoA) for Future GPS
Architecture Options & Flexibility for Back-Ups
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Mr. Kirk Lewis, Senior Advisor, Institute for Defense Analyses
11:05 - 11:20 Alternative Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (APT)
Plans for Ensuring National Airspace System PNT Services
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Mr. Leo Eldridge, Satellite Navigation Manager, Federal Aviation Administration
11:20 - 11:35 GPS Time as Critical Infrastructure Application
Robust Time Dissemination & Chip Scale Atomic Clocks
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Dr. Robert Nelson, President, Satellite Engineering Research Corporation
11:35 - 11:50 U.S./International Initiatives & Partnership Opportunities
Update on Bilateral & Multilateral Developments
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Mr. Ray Clore, Senior Advisor, Office of Space and Advanced Technologies, Department of State
11:50 - 12:00 Morning "Wrap-Up" Discussion All PNT Advisory Board Members
12:00 - 1:00 LUNCH -- (Annual Ethics Briefing) Mr. Adam Greenstone, NASA General Counsel
1:00 - 1:20 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Risk Estimate: Risks to U.S. Critical Infrastructure from GPS Disruptions
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Mr. Brandon Wales, Director, Homeland Infrastructure Threat & Risk Analysis Center, DHS
1:20 - 1:30 Update on U.S. Interference Detection & Mitigation Plan
Patriot Watch & Critical Infrastructure Protection
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Mr. John Merrill, PNT Program Lead, DHS
1:30 - 1:45 Receiver Certification: Making the GNSS Environment Hostile to Jammers & Spoofers
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Mr. Logan Scott, LS Consulting
1:45 - 2:00 GPS Commercial Receivers: Specification Compliance & Certification
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Mr. Jules McNeff, Vice-President, Overlook Systems Technologies, Inc.
2:00 - 2:15 BREAK
2:15 - 4:50 Panel Discussion -- LightSquared Compatibility with GPS
Testing, Analyses, & Proposed Solutions for LightSquared (LS2) Effects on GPS Infrastructure & User Applications

Introduction by Mr. Kirk Lewis, Institute for Defense Analyses
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  Presentations w/Open Mic for Q&A's with PNT Board & Public
  • How did we get here? Where do we go from here?
  • Are terrestrial broadband and GPS space signals technically compatible? At what cost? Who pays? What is lost/gained?
  • How much more testing? Handsets? Integrated platforms?
  • How much more change to the spectrum environment?
  • What is the "end state" LS2 business plan? Other entrants?
  • What is an appropriate transition time for GPS users?

Mr. Thomas Stansell, Stansell Consulting

Mr. Jim Kirkland, Vice President and General Counsel, Trimble Navigation

Mr. Martin Harriman, Executive Vice-President, LightSquared
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Dr. Javad Ashjaee, CEO, Javad GNSS
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Mr. Scott Burgett, Software Engineering Manager, Garmin International
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Mr. Mark Sturza, President, 3C Systems Company

4:50 - 5:00 Afternoon "Wrap-Up" Discussion
What else should be examined on November 10?
All PNT Advisory Board Members
Thursday, November 10, 2011
9:00 - 9:05 BOARD CONVENES
Call to Order
Mr. James J. Miller, PNT Advisory Board Executive Director, NASA
9:05 - 9:15 Announcements & Agenda
Thoughts from November 9 discussions
Dr. James Schlesinger, Chair
Dr. Bradford Parkinson, Vice-Chair
9:15 - 10:00 International Member Regional Updates & Responses (at member's discretion)
10:00 - 10:15 BREAK
10:15 - 12:00 PNT Advisory Board Member "Round Table" Discussion
Finalizing Recommendations for PNT EXCOM Taskings
Due Date: PNT EXCOM December 14, 2:00 - 4:00
  • PNT Architecture Assessment: Perform an independent assessment of the way ahead for the National PNT Architecture Implementation Plan.
  • GPS Commercial Outage Impact Assessment: Using scenarios and available data, conduct an assessment of the impact to U.S. commercial infrastructure of GPS. Evaluate specific role(s) of space-based PNT in the operation of civil/commercial cyber networks.
  • Non-ICD Compliant Civil/Commercial Receivers: Evaluate the implications of user non-compliance with GPS Interface Control Document (ICD) specifications and potential solutions.
  • Advisory Board Technical Subcommittee: Establish an Advisory Board subcommittee capable of evaluation and timely feedback on emerging technical issues.
    (Actively working LightSquared issues)
All PNT Advisory Board Members
Working Group/Panel Lead Action Plans

Dr. Hermann (or designee)
GPS Sustainment, Availability, & Affordability

Mr. Trimble (or designee)
GPS International Cooperation & Coordination

Dr. Parkinson (or designee)
GPS Interference Detection & Mitigation

12:00 - 1:00 WORKING LUNCH

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