Steven Bradbury: Transportation Dept Holds Field Demos to Test GPS Back-Ups

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Steven Bradbury, general counsel of the Department of Transportation, said DoT has started organizing field demonstrations of technologies to serve as back-up systems in the event of an attack on the U.S. Air Force’s GPS, Breaking Defense reported Monday.

Bradbury said that DoT is working with the departments of Homeland Security and Defense and other federal agencies through the National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing Executive Committee “to address policy and technical issues including the security and resilience of GPS receivers.” The move is a response to the rapid adoption of jamming systems by countries such as Russia and China.

According to the report, DoT received 21 responses from vendors in June a month after it issued a request for proposals to look for technologies that are ready for field demos and “are capable of providing backup positioning, navigation, and/or timing services to critical infrastructure (CI) in the event of a temporary disruption to GPS.”

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