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American Space Renaissance Act

BILL

The American Space Renaissance Act (ASRA) seeks to address a wide range of civil, commercial, and national security space issues.

The legislation includes the following provisions/references to PNT.

Sec. 103: "Positioning, Navigation, and Timing"

(a) Sense Of Congress.—It is the sense of Congress that the importance of positioning, navigation, and timing for national security and economic prosperity requires highly reliable and secure positioning, navigation, and timing systems, such as the Global Positioning System, to support commercial, civil, and national security programs.
(b) Strategy On PNT Signals.—
(1) IN GENERAL.—Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the congressional defense committees a strategy to ensure that positioning, navigation, and timing receivers of the Department of Defense best leverage the global availability of positioning, navigation, and timing signals from the Global Positioning System, the Galileo system, and other positioning, navigation, and timing systems, including commercial positioning, navigation, and timing solutions that use commercial satellite constellations.
(2) ELEMENTS.—The strategy under paragraph (1) shall address the following:
(A) Issues associated with monitoring and verification of the accuracy, integrity, availability, and security of foreign and commercial positioning, navigation, and timing signals.
(B) Mechanisms for timely notification to military users of the current and projected reliability of such foreign and commercial systems.
(C) Methods for sharing information across the Global Positioning System, the Galileo system, and other positioning, navigation, and timing systems to improve the interoperability and effectiveness of the systems for military users.
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Sec. 104(b): "National Executive Committee On Weather"

(1) IN GENERAL.—Not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the President shall establish a National Executive Committee on Weather to coordinate weather-related matters across the departments and agencies of the Federal Government. The President shall base the National Executive Committee on Weather on the National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Executive Committee.
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Bill Status

On April 14, 2016, Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) introduced ASRA for the 114th Congress. The bill was referred to multiple committees for consideration.

The House Armed Services Committee incorporated some (non-PNT) elements of ASRA in its FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act.

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