Tag Archives: GPS

DHS Issues, Updates Tools to Support GPS Security; Brannan Villee Quoted

DHS Science

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology (DHS S&T) Directorate has released two documents to guide the development of secure GPS receivers and prevent the spoofing of PNT systems. DHS said Thursday that its GPS Whitelist Development Guide addresses vulnerabilities and discusses data-related requirements in the directorate's existing Resilient PNT Conformance Framework.

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Anritsu and Orolia Form Partnership to Deliver 5G Assisted GPS CAT Solutions

5G Assisted

Anritsu Corp. and Orolia announced on Tuesday that the companies have formed a partnership to launch 5G Assisted GPS CAT Solutions for North American Carrier Acceptance Testing. The companies will support Assisted GPS (A-GPS) test functionality to meet 5G New Radio (NR) Carrier Acceptance Testing (CAT) requirements for many North American operators on the Anritsu ME7834NR 5G Mobile Device Test Platform. 

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GAO Recommends Policy Options for DOD’s Alternative PNT Tech Pursuit

Defense Navigation

The Government Accountability Office has proposed six measures to help the Department of Defense address challenges associated with the development and integration of alternative position, navigation and timing technologies. GAO said Monday it came up with policy recommendations after the government audit agency reviewed efforts at the department to develop backup PNT or complementary systems to GPS.

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Raytheon Intelligence and Space Awarded $175M USAF Contract for Intelligence Services; David Appel Quoted

David Appel

Raytheon Intelligence and Space (RI&S), a subsidiary of Raytheon Technologies, announced on Thursday that it has been awarded a U.S. Air Force intelligence program contract worth potentially $175 million. The contract period runs for five years and requires the company to provide signals intelligence services for the U.S. Air Force's Distributed Common Ground System, which collects, processes and analyzes intelligence.

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Avantus Federal Names New Executives to Space Unit; Andy Maner Quoted

Avantus Federal

Avantus Federal has appointed Doug McCobb, Taylor Edwards and Scott Anderson to the  company’s Space team to provide a collaborative, technology agnostic approach to neutralizing risks for Avantus’ space clients. "Doug, Taylor and Scott’s expertise will enable Avantus to tackle  this emerging sector of our market. I look forward to working with our teams to provide  innovative solutions to our clients.” said Andy Maner, CEO at  Avantus Federal. 

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GAO: Program Delays Prevent DOD From Rolling Out Jam-Resistant GPS Tech

Next Generation

A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report has found that the Department of Defense (DOD) is yet to achieve widespread use of the “M-code” GPS technology due to limitations in satellite equipment to accommodate the jam-resistant capability. GAO said Tuesday that the DOD has seen delays in installing receiver equipment for satellites that will enable them to broadcast M-code signals.

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Trump Issues Space Policy Directive on Joint GPS, PNT Programs

GPS III Satellite

President Trump has issued a directive mandating NASA, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and the departments of Defense (DoD), State and Commerce (DOC) to coordinate and drive U.S. positioning, navigation and timing programs. Space Policy Directive 7 seeks to sustain and modernize global position system infrastructure for U.S. and allied operations focused on economic, homeland and national security. 

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DHS Releases Positioning, Navigation & Timing System Resilience Guide

Resilient PNT

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued guidance for equipment vendors and critical infrastructure operators to ensure the resiliency of positioning, navigation and timing systems to GPS spoofing or jamming activity. “Combined with our collaboration with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on PNT risk profiles, the Conformance Framework will be a valuable risk management tool," said Willian Bryan, acting undersecretary for science and technology at DHS.

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Janes Enters Agreement to Acquire Global Platforms and Systems from Avascent


Janes has entered an agreement to acquire Avascent’s defense market analytics business, Global Platforms and Systems (GPS), to support the company’s industry intelligence solutions and enhance the offering it provides to customers. Janes expects completion of the acquisition in January 2021 subject to customary conditions. Janes will further its momentum since becoming an independent business.

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DHS to Publish Guidance for PNT Resiliency, Security; Ernest Wong Quoted

Cyber Hygiene

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology (DHS S&T) Directorate has developed a framework on the security of position, navigation and timing systems when used to provide timing information for the power grid and communication networks. TS&T built the framework on stakeholder input and plans to have it publicly released before the year ends.

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