Gov’t, Industry Reps Discuss Emerging GPS Threats at Satellite 2019

Jeff Brody

Government and private sector leaders cited hacking and spoofing as potential threats to the nation’s GPS systems during the 2019 Satellite conference in Washington, D.C., C4ISRnet reported Saturday. James Miller, executive director of the National Space-Based positioning, navigation and timing advisory board, said during a panel discussion that while jamming is a pervasive threat in 2019, spoofing is a more complicated form of hacking that can manipulate and misguide GPS platforms. 

Jonathon Caldwell, GPS III program manager and vice president for navigation systems at Lockheed Martin, added that GPS technology has “become an economic powerhouse” with significant impact on sectors such as agriculture. 

The Department of Homeland Security announced in April that PNT is one of its national critical functions, or operations that need to be protected to sustain the nation's economic, security and public health in the event of an attack.

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