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DHS Will be Jamming and Spoofing – Asks Rcvr Makers to Participate

DHS Will be Jamming and Spoofing – Asks Rcvr Makers to Participate

February 16, 2017

The Department of Homeland Security has announced an opportunity for GPS receiver manufacturers to test equipment performance in an active jamming and spoofing environment. The…

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Spectrum Piracy Threatens Aviation Nav & GNSS Freqs

Spectrum Piracy Threatens Aviation Nav & GNSS Freqs

February 14, 2017

Guest Post by Mitch Narins Last month a letter sent to the FCC by lawyers representing the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL), provided great detail…

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Spirent security experts predict greater risk to GNSS in 2017

Spirent security experts predict greater risk to GNSS in 2017

February 11, 2017

Editor’s Note: This is an interesting report that coincides with things we have heard from government officials. Longtime RNTF member Guy Buesnel from Spirent will…

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Sen. Roy Blunt at Hearing – ‘Where are we on GPS Backp?’

Sen. Roy Blunt at Hearing – ‘Where are we on GPS Backp?’

February 10, 2017

At a Senate Commerce Committee hearing Wednesday Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo) questioned progress on establishing a system to protect GPS. Sen. Blunt asked DOT Inspector General Calvin…

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Time from the Sky  – Orolia and Satelles

Time from the Sky – Orolia and Satelles

February 9, 2017

We have seen and heard a lot over the last year about Satelles and their new satellite PNT service. Recently, their efforts were bolstered when…

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‘Threats To Damage US via GPS Disruption Increasing’ – Dept of Homeland Security

‘Threats To Damage US via GPS Disruption Increasing’ – Dept of Homeland Security

February 8, 2017

At a New York Stock Exchange industry event last month a representative from the Department of Homeland Security said that adversaries of the United States are…

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Interference Location From Space – papers from Inside GNSS

Interference Location From Space – papers from Inside GNSS

February 3, 2017

In this post we are pointing you to two interesting papers about locating GNSS disruption sources on the ground using satellites. We like this idea because locating…

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Shipping industry vulnerable to cyber attacks and GPS jamming – CNBC

Shipping industry vulnerable to cyber attacks and GPS jamming – CNBC

February 2, 2017

Blog editor’s Note: This is a good overview of the impacts on maritime and features comments from long-time RNTF Advisory Council member Prof David Last, BSc(Eng),…

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Performance Std for Marine eLoran Receivers Issued

Performance Std for Marine eLoran Receivers Issued

February 1, 2017

On January 6th the Radio Technical Commission, Maritime (RTCM) issued its “Minimum Performance Standards for Marine eLoran Receiving Equipment.” This 71 page document is the…

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‘Users Hazard Infrastructure With GPS Rcvr Picks’ – Notes fm ATIS Workshop

‘Users Hazard Infrastructure With GPS Rcvr Picks’ – Notes fm ATIS Workshop

January 30, 2017

The ATIS “Time and Money” workshop at the New York Stock Exchange last week had something for everyone. There were technical presentations, panel discussions, and…

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The Next Big Threat to National Security Is ‘Spoofing’ – The Observer

The Next Big Threat to National Security Is ‘Spoofing’ – The Observer

January 29, 2017

Editor’s Note: We really like the author’s admonition to “Treat GPS like Reagan treated Russia: Trust but verify.” GPS jamming and spoofing are poorly recognized…

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eLoran Time – Results fm 2016 Tests & Demos

eLoran Time – Results fm 2016 Tests & Demos

January 25, 2017

This week UrsaNav posted their most recent results from the work they have been doing with Harris Corp. and the Department of Homeland Security to…

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Cascading and Escalating Failures – World Security Report

Cascading and Escalating Failures – World Security Report

January 24, 2017

A new paper by the World Security Report says: “Critical infrastructure interdependencies constitute a risk multiplier: they can themselves be a threat or hazard, affect…

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Your Smartphone is Violating the Law – FCC Seeking Comment

Your Smartphone is Violating the Law – FCC Seeking Comment

January 18, 2017

  OK – your smartphone is probably violating the law. It’s illegal in the U.S. to receive and use other nations’ satellite navigation signals. And most…

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PNT Leader Halvorsen to Retire from Defense Dept. in February

PNT Leader Halvorsen to Retire from Defense Dept. in February

January 17, 2017

In a post last week Jared Serbu of Federal News Radio reported that Terry Halvorsen, Defense Department CIO, will retire by the end of February. While…

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The looming national security threat everyone keeps ignoring – Goward in the Washington Post

The looming national security threat everyone keeps ignoring – Goward in the Washington Post

January 12, 2017

Blog Editor’s Note: The Washington Post just published an opinion piece by RNT Foundation President Dana Goward:   Opinions By Dana Goward January 12 at…

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US DOT – ‘GPS Single Point of Failure for Transportation’

US DOT – ‘GPS Single Point of Failure for Transportation’

January 11, 2017

On Monday the US Department of Transportation issued a press release announcing the availability of  “Beyond Traffic 2045,” the department’s framework for thinking about the…

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US DHS Calls for Fake Antennae, Better GPS Receivers

US DHS Calls for Fake Antennae, Better GPS Receivers

January 9, 2017

Friday the US Department of Homeland Security published a list of 22 recommendations for installation, selection and use of GPS receivers to minimize opportunities for…

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US Congress Leading GPS/PNT Issues – see article fm ‘Inside GNSS’

US Congress Leading GPS/PNT Issues – see article fm ‘Inside GNSS’

December 28, 2016

Editor’s Note: The following excellent article by Dee Ann Divis points out that the US Congress remains very much int the lead for GPS/PNT policy in the United…

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US DHS Looking for Tech to Find Jammers, Protect First Responder Comms

US DHS Looking for Tech to Find Jammers, Protect First Responder Comms

December 21, 2016

In a Request for Information posted on the 20th of December the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate is seeking partners in a…

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‘GPS + eLoran Greater than Sum of Parts’ – Dr. Gene McCall

‘GPS + eLoran Greater than Sum of Parts’ – Dr. Gene McCall

December 19, 2016

Editor’s Note: Dr. Gene McCall makes several excellent points in the below article about the need to focus on an architecture that will ensure delivery…

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Better Protection of Spectrum is a Defense Necessity

Better Protection of Spectrum is a Defense Necessity

December 18, 2016

Graphic from AFCEA Editor’s Note: The author of this article starts with “Safeguarding the electromagnetic spectrum is critical to success throughout the battlespace, but the…

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Jamming Biggest GPS Danger to U.S.

Jamming Biggest GPS Danger to U.S.

December 15, 2016

The cumulative effects of daily low power jamming by thousands of criminals and privacy seekers, and the threat of high power jamming by terrorist and…

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“GPS Vulnerable, But There Is a Solution” by Congressman John Garamendi

“GPS Vulnerable, But There Is a Solution” by Congressman John Garamendi

December 13, 2016

Editor’s Note: “National Defense” is the journal of the National Defense Industrial Association. This article was posted on it’s website in December 2016 and will…

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Telecom Industry Comes Down Hard for Better PNT

Telecom Industry Comes Down Hard for Better PNT

December 12, 2016

In a presentation to the National PNT Advisory Board last week, ATIS, the telecommunications industry standards body, strongly urged: Great care licensing transmissions in bands adjacent…

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Europe Finding Jammers Everywhere – U.S. Not Even Looking

Europe Finding Jammers Everywhere – U.S. Not Even Looking

December 8, 2016

In a dramatic presentation at the National PNT Advisory Board this week, Mr. Mark Dumville  of Nottingham Scientific, Ltd. discussed the European GNSS Agency’s STRIKE3 project to detect…

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Cyber Commission Slams Administration – “Need to Protect PNT”

Cyber Commission Slams Administration – “Need to Protect PNT”

December 6, 2016

The 1 December  “Report on Securing and Growing the Digital Economy” by the President’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity quietly slams eight years of inaction on many…

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Defense Act for 2017 Speaks to Resilient PNT & eLoran

Defense Act for 2017 Speaks to Resilient PNT & eLoran

December 5, 2016

Blog Editor’s Note: The House Report accompanying the National Defense Authorization Act  for 2017 directs the Secretaries of Defense, Transportation, and Homeland Security to examine…

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GPS & eLoran Under Trump – Article from “Inside GNSS”

GPS & eLoran Under Trump – Article from “Inside GNSS”

December 2, 2016

Editor’s Note:  The below is yet another excellent article by award-winning journalist Dee Ann Divis looking at how specific lawmakers and the new administration may…

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Spoofing will attain virus status, warns expert – GPS World

Spoofing will attain virus status, warns expert – GPS World

December 1, 2016

Blog editor’s note: Cyber-security officials and experts have always seemed resistant to the idea that GPS jamming and spoofing were cyber problems. This has never…

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US Government Seeking Backup System(s) for GPS

US Government Seeking Backup System(s) for GPS

November 30, 2016

The US Department of Transportation is seeking “…one or more PNT technologies to back up signals from GPS and to ensure resiliency of PNT for…

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GPS Antennas Still Jamming Each Other

GPS Antennas Still Jamming Each Other

November 23, 2016

Ever since GPS became popular enough that receiver antennas began sprouting up in the same general area they have been interfering with each other. A brand new…

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Trump’s $1 Trillion for Infrastructure – Talk or Action?

Trump’s $1 Trillion for Infrastructure – Talk or Action?

November 21, 2016

“Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody ever does anything.”*   So far, it has been the same with GPS/GNSS/PNT vunlerability and the need for…

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Maritime Academies Teach GPS-Free Navigation… that Requires GPS

Maritime Academies Teach GPS-Free Navigation… that Requires GPS

November 16, 2016

Concerned about the vulnerability of GPS to disruption from a myriad of sources, the US Naval Academy, US Coast Guard Academy, US Merchant Marine Academy…

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Jumping GPS Hurting Uber

Jumping GPS Hurting Uber

November 8, 2016

I had a flight the next morning. Rather than wait and return with the group I walked to a dark lonely city street corner and…

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GPS disruption is a growing problem for aviation, reports show

GPS disruption is a growing problem for aviation, reports show

November 7, 2016

Editor’s Note: Some folks in the FAA will dismiss the role of GPS in aviation and claim that commercial aircraft don’ have the same dependencies…

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Timing & Smart Grid – Quotes fm NIST Workshop

Timing & Smart Grid – Quotes fm NIST Workshop

October 27, 2016

On the 26th of October NIST and IEEE hosted a workshop on “Timing Challenges in the Smart Grid” at the sprawling and attractive NIST campus…

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RNT Foundation Supports Legislation For GPS Complement/Backup

RNT Foundation Supports Legislation For GPS Complement/Backup

October 26, 2016

The RNT Foundation has actively endorsed specific legislation to provide more resilient PNT services. In a letter to selected members of the Senate the foundation…

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Putin Goes All Out Jamming, Spoofing GPS

Putin Goes All Out Jamming, Spoofing GPS

October 23, 2016

Photo: By Kremlin.ru Despotic regimes have to be paranoid. Two recent news items show that the Russians are particularly and extremely concerned about the power that GPS…

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Leap Smear, Leap Second – How ever you do it, here it comes!

Leap Smear, Leap Second – How ever you do it, here it comes!

October 21, 2016

The planet doesn’t seem to care about how fast or slowly we think it should rotate. Perhaps it is a good reminder that we aren’t…

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American Military’s Greatest Vulnerability: No GPS in a War

American Military’s Greatest Vulnerability: No GPS in a War

October 19, 2016

Editor’s Note: The below item is re-posted from “The National Interest.” It is disappointing to see that, in all the discussions in academia, think tanks,…

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GPS-Free Navigation! – Except it’s Not

GPS-Free Navigation! – Except it’s Not

October 18, 2016

Some really smart and clever people are figuring out how to navigate without GPS – or so their headlines claim. Take for example this recent post…

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Pyongyang’s GPS disruptions affect over 2,100 planes since 2010 – Korea Herald

Pyongyang’s GPS disruptions affect over 2,100 planes since 2010 – Korea Herald

October 12, 2016

Editor’s note: In June we posted a South Korean news item that contained much of this same information. The most significant difference with this news item…

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Largest Unmanned Naval Systems Exercise Begins – “Maritime Executive”

Largest Unmanned Naval Systems Exercise Begins – “Maritime Executive”

October 11, 2016

Editor’s Note: Many futurists see the coming decade as the real dawn of the age of robotics and autonomous systems. This post from “Maritime Executive”…

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Munich Summit will Emphasize GNSS Backup – GPS World

Munich Summit will Emphasize GNSS Backup – GPS World

September 29, 2016

Blog Editor’s Note: In 1998 President Clinton directed a study of the growing dependency on satellite navigation and timing systems. In 2001 the resulting report…

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House Passes Bill for GPS Backup System

House Passes Bill for GPS Backup System

September 28, 2016

Editor’s note: The legislative progress on this important issue continues.  A link to the bill itself, HR 5978 Links to materials submitted to the Congressional Record associated…

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Who’s In Charge? – PNT Protection in US Leaderless, According to Some

Who’s In Charge? – PNT Protection in US Leaderless, According to Some

September 27, 2016

Discussing his agency’s efforts to protect GPS and the Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) services it provides, a government official was recently quoted saying that…

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China Jamming US Forces’ GPS

China Jamming US Forces’ GPS

September 26, 2016

Editor’s note: This is the first open press item we recall that discusses China’s use of GPS jamming against US forces. GPS jamming and spoofing are…

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New DHS PMO for PNT – Request for Help

New DHS PMO for PNT – Request for Help

September 23, 2016

Government officials tell us that the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is standing up a Program Management Office (PMO) for Positioning, Navigation and Timing…

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GPS Interference at Le Mans

GPS Interference at Le Mans

September 21, 2016

Editor’s Note: This is a re-post from the blog of our friends at SPIRENT. Very interesting example of how GPS vulnerability impacts so many areas…

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“Coast Guard Must Build eLoran for GPS Backup” – House T&I Committee Passes Bill

“Coast Guard Must Build eLoran for GPS Backup” – House T&I Committee Passes Bill

September 17, 2016

From Congressman Garamendi’s Web Site: House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Passes Strong Legislation Co-Authored by Ranking Member Garamendi and Chairman Hunter on GPS Backup Systems…

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Improved GPS Jammers For Sale!

Improved GPS Jammers For Sale!

September 11, 2016

Editor’s Note: Jammers for every budget and use can be easily found  on the internet from sites like Jammerall.com. We thought that this item from IHS was…

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Euro Commission Report – GNSS & eLoran Most Practical Methods to Support Cell Phone Systems using TDD

Euro Commission Report – GNSS & eLoran Most Practical Methods to Support Cell Phone Systems using TDD

September 7, 2016

A CEPT Electronic Communications Committee report from 2014 that was recently posted giving practical guidance for TDD networks lists four ways to provide essential timing…

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NIST – “GPS Still Achilles Heel for Internet of Things”

NIST – “GPS Still Achilles Heel for Internet of Things”

August 30, 2016

Last year NIST released a report with the tag line:  “Lack of Effective Timing Signals Could Hamper ‘Internet of Things’ Development.” In it the authors…

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SAE International Developing New Standard for Terrestrial PNT – Support for Drones, Critical Infrastructure

SAE International Developing New Standard for Terrestrial PNT – Support for Drones, Critical Infrastructure

August 29, 2016

Blog editor note: Our Google Alerts dug this up over the weekend. SAE International is the largest automotive and aerospace standards-setting body in the world.…

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UK Firm Develops GPS-Free Positioning System – Maritime Executive

UK Firm Develops GPS-Free Positioning System – Maritime Executive

August 25, 2016

By MarEx 2016-08-15 18:04:59 Defense contractors Polaris Consulting have developed a software system to use visual and radar data to compute a vessel’s position in…

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GPS Spoofing – Unicorn Team, Qihoo 360 China

GPS Spoofing – Unicorn Team, Qihoo 360 China

August 24, 2016

Blog Editor’s Note: Recently a video using a Rohde & Schwarz signal generator to cheat Pokemon Go went viral. We hear that the opportunity to spoof Pokemon…

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GPS hacking takes centre stage at DEFCON 24

GPS hacking takes centre stage at DEFCON 24

August 24, 2016

Blog Editor’s Note:  This outstanding guest post first appeared on Linkedin and is courtesy of member Guy Buesnel.  Guy’s company, Spirent, is very much concerned…

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Spectracom Introduces GSG-6 Series GNSS Simulators, eLoran Backup for Timing Reference – Inside GNSS

Spectracom Introduces GSG-6 Series GNSS Simulators, eLoran Backup for Timing Reference – Inside GNSS

August 23, 2016

Blog editor’s note: We think that multi-function receivers integrating diverse signals are part of the future for resilient PNT.  Good job Spectracom! “Backup” might not…

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Global Anti-Jamming Market for GPS Worth USD 4.08 Billion by 2022  -Business Wire

Global Anti-Jamming Market for GPS Worth USD 4.08 Billion by 2022 -Business Wire

August 22, 2016

August 19, 2016 12:40 PM Eastern Daylight Time DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Anti-Jamming Market for GPS by Technique (Nulling…

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Seven Easy Ways to Get a Win Protecting GPS – Inside GNSS

Seven Easy Ways to Get a Win Protecting GPS – Inside GNSS

August 17, 2016

INSIDE GNSS NEWS GNSS Forum: Seven Easy Ways the Administration or Congress Could Get a Quick Win Protecting GPS and America Dana Goward August 16,…

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Spoofing GPS is surprisingly easy; detecting it is surprisingly hard – boingboing

Spoofing GPS is surprisingly easy; detecting it is surprisingly hard – boingboing

August 17, 2016

/ CORY DOCTOROW / 8:24 AM THU AUG 4, 2016 GPS security is increasingly implicated in both physical and information security: from steering a super-yacht…

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Providers Must Spend More on Anti-Jamming – Discussion in GPS World

Providers Must Spend More on Anti-Jamming – Discussion in GPS World

August 16, 2016

This is a great set of Q&A from “GPS World.” It lays out the case for the R&D budget requirements for protecting GPS from jamming.…

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How Cyberwar From Hacking To GPS Jamming Is Changing The Face Of Society – Forbes

How Cyberwar From Hacking To GPS Jamming Is Changing The Face Of Society – Forbes

August 15, 2016

AUG 8, 2016 @ 10:55 PM Kalev Leetaru ,  Contributor This past March Bloomberg offered a compelling look inside the world of election hacking in…

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GPS Under Attack as Crooks, Rogue Workers Wage Electronic War – NBC.com

GPS Under Attack as Crooks, Rogue Workers Wage Electronic War – NBC.com

August 8, 2016

by MIKE BRUNKER 8 August 2016 Once the province of hostile nations, electronic warfare has arrived with little fanfare on U.S. highways and byways. Criminals,…

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Dueling Government Studies – GPS Interference & the New Lightsquared (Ligado)

Dueling Government Studies – GPS Interference & the New Lightsquared (Ligado)

August 2, 2016

Blog Editor’s Notes: Really interesting article from “Inside GNSS” below.  Until now, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) has had the lead on evaluating the…

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Protecting GPS From Spoofers Is Critical to the Future of Navigation – IEEE Spectrum

Protecting GPS From Spoofers Is Critical to the Future of Navigation – IEEE Spectrum

August 1, 2016

Blog Editor’s Note: A good article by Professors Psiaki and Humphreys on how to improve GPS receivers.  One method they don’t mention is protecting GPS receivers from…

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Watch Out for the Leap Second – Again!

Watch Out for the Leap Second – Again!

July 24, 2016

This is another in our irregular series of guest blogs, this time from Mitch Narins at Strategic Synergies, LLC.   The old adage tells us…

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Pokemon Go – Recruiting & Training GPS Spoofers

Pokemon Go – Recruiting & Training GPS Spoofers

July 14, 2016

“Wait, wait – you can make your phone think it is someplace it is not? What if you could mess with GPS and do that…

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“The Night GPS Failed”- The movie (“GPS World” magazine)

“The Night GPS Failed”- The movie (“GPS World” magazine)

July 12, 2016

“The Atlantic”… “The New Yorker”… “The Christian Science Monitor”… “The Economist”…NPR’s radio shows “Science Friday” and “Here and Now”… “The National Space-based PNT Advisory Board”……

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Surveyors Identify GPS/ SatNav Problems in Alaska

Surveyors Identify GPS/ SatNav Problems in Alaska

July 11, 2016

Writing recently in “GPS World,” Tim Burch, Secretary of the National Society of Professional Surveyors, outlined the increased challenges of using, and problems depending upon, GPS and…

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DHS, PNT ExCom Move on Backing Up GPS – Inside GNSS

DHS, PNT ExCom Move on Backing Up GPS – Inside GNSS

July 4, 2016

Dee Ann Divis June 30, 2016 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is moving forward to establish a backup for the position, navigation, and timing…

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N. Korea Disrupted GPS 2,143 times this year – So Far

N. Korea Disrupted GPS 2,143 times this year – So Far

June 30, 2016

UPI North Korea sent 2,100 GPS jamming signals to South By Elizabeth Shim   |   June 29, 2016 at 11:12 AM SEOUL, June 29 (UPI) —…

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Norway Open to Commercial eLoran System, Discussions On-Going

Norway Open to Commercial eLoran System, Discussions On-Going

June 27, 2016

Translation by Google Translate Western Edge Magazine OPEN TO PRIVATIZATION OF CIVIL SECURITY By MARENO Leonhardsen MARENO@BLV.NO Published: 27 June 2016, at. 6:30 p.m. BO:…

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New Bill Would Make Coast Guard Responsible for eLoran GPS Backup

New Bill Would Make Coast Guard Responsible for eLoran GPS Backup

June 22, 2016

The “Miscellaneous Maritime Transportation Amendments Act of 2016” introduced today by Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) provides for:  “Subject to the availability of appropriations, the Commandant…

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DHS – Assured PNT Project Announcement

DHS – Assured PNT Project Announcement

June 17, 2016

The Department of Homeland Security demonstrated its on-going concern about the need for positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) for critical infrastructure this week with a…

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What Happens if GPS Fails? – The Atlantic

What Happens if GPS Fails? – The Atlantic

June 15, 2016

Blog editor’s note: This is a good popular overview of the issue, how long the government has known there is a problem, and how long…

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Arqiva to Trial eLoran Timing for Broadcast and Telecommunications Infrastructure

Arqiva to Trial eLoran Timing for Broadcast and Telecommunications Infrastructure

June 14, 2016

Lydbrook, Gloucestershire, UK 10 June 2016 Arqiva, the communications infrastructure company, is trialling eLoran timing technology – which delivers precise UTC traceable time – from the…

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Cancelled? – FAA Warns of GPS Outages This Month During Mysterious Tests on the West Coast – Gizmodo

Cancelled? – FAA Warns of GPS Outages This Month During Mysterious Tests on the West Coast – Gizmodo

June 8, 2016

Blog Editor Update: We have not seen an announcement, but we are told that the tests described below were “cancelled by the sponsor.”  Perhaps because…

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Iran Developing Homegrown Alternative to GPS (probably Loran)

Iran Developing Homegrown Alternative to GPS (probably Loran)

June 3, 2016

RNTF Blog Editor Notes: Iran made an announcement about a land-based navigation system similar to the recent one below in December of 2013. Interesting that they…

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GPS Attacks at Cairo Airport – Just After Egypt Air Loss

GPS Attacks at Cairo Airport – Just After Egypt Air Loss

May 30, 2016

The Mirror Fresh Terror fears as hackers trying to disable planes at Cairo Airport Nick Dorman Terror fears have been raised over Egypt after pilots were…

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Proposal That Could Degrade GPS – Our Comments to the FCC

Proposal That Could Degrade GPS – Our Comments to the FCC

May 20, 2016

“Protect the adjacent bands to GNSS as a quiet neighborhood” is one of the core principles of RNT Foundation’s Protect, Toughen and Augment recommendations to…

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GPS is Everywhere, is That a Good Thing? – NPR Radio Shows

GPS is Everywhere, is That a Good Thing? – NPR Radio Shows

May 12, 2016

National Public Radio has recently discovered the many interesting issues surrounding GPS, thanks to author Greg Milner and his new book “Pinpoint: How GPS is Changing Technology,…

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Map slippage is real, and it’s about to matter – David Rudin on KillScreen.com

Map slippage is real, and it’s about to matter – David Rudin on KillScreen.com

May 11, 2016

05.09.16 by DAVID RUDIN@DavidSRudin If an object does not exist on a map, does it exist at all? Do you? You can see it with…

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“Air Force never really wanted GPS” – New Book on GPS History and Current Issues

“Air Force never really wanted GPS” – New Book on GPS History and Current Issues

May 10, 2016

“Pinpoint: How GPS Is Changing Technology, Culture and Our Minds” (Norton, 2016), by journalist Greg Milner, is a fascinating look at the history of GPS,…

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What Would Happen if GPS Failed – The New Yorker

What Would Happen if GPS Failed – The New Yorker

May 7, 2016

BY GREG MILNER The radio signal that is the lifeblood of the Global Positioning System originates from a constellation of twenty-four satellites, orbiting more than…

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GPS Spectrum Protection – Secure World Panel

GPS Spectrum Protection – Secure World Panel

May 6, 2016

On the 8th of April the Secure World Foundation hosted a distinguished panel discussing the challenges and need to protect the GPS spectrum. The panel…

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Army RFI Preparing for U.S. Purchase of eLoran Network?

Army RFI Preparing for U.S. Purchase of eLoran Network?

May 4, 2016

Many analysts are concluding that a Request for Information (RFI) for Assured PNT (A-PNT) recently published by the Army is the next step in the…

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GPS Threat to Smart Grid Growing – New Paper by MITRE (March 2016)

GPS Threat to Smart Grid Growing – New Paper by MITRE (March 2016)

May 3, 2016

As we make the grid more efficient, GPS time becomes more important to keeping it going. Here is a new presentation by Kevin M. Skey and…

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South Korea revives GPS backup project after blaming North for jamming – Reuters

South Korea revives GPS backup project after blaming North for jamming – Reuters

May 3, 2016

REUTERS, 1 May 2016 SEOUL/LONDON | BY JACK KIM AND JONATHAN SAULBlog Editor’s Note – While maritime needs are discussed in this article, all…

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Pentagon Confusion on GPS Back-up/eLoran

Pentagon Confusion on GPS Back-up/eLoran

April 28, 2016

In December Deputy Secretary of Defense Work co-signed a letter to five Congressmen sharing their concern about GPS vulnerability and the need for a complementary…

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US Govt. Touts eLoran at NY Stock Exchange

US Govt. Touts eLoran at NY Stock Exchange

April 21, 2016

“Accurate position, navigation, and timing is necessary for the function and integrity of many critical infrastructure sectors, such as the electric grid, communication networks, and…

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US Army – “eLoran is a Pseudolite”

US Army – “eLoran is a Pseudolite”

April 20, 2016

The US Army published another Request for Information (RFI) for Assured-PNT Monday. One of its interesting features is that it describes eLoran as a pseudo-satellite…

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Norway Armed Forces – “GPS Failures Endanger National Security”

Norway Armed Forces – “GPS Failures Endanger National Security”

April 16, 2016

Norway has reacted to the GPS timing errors at the end of January by halting demolition of their Loran infrastructure. Here is an interesting article…

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Update – North Korea Testing New Jammers?

Update – North Korea Testing New Jammers?

April 12, 2016

While comprehensive information about North Korea’s most recent spate of GPS jamming has yet to be made available, additional and intriguing bits continue to appear…

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Is GPS Jamming the New Normal?

Is GPS Jamming the New Normal?

April 6, 2016

Guest Post by Mr. Charles Schue, CEO, UrsaNav, Inc. Over the past several days, North Korea has “reached across its borders” to jam GPS signals in…

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Invitation to Special Event at NYSE: Focus on Secure Timing

Invitation to Special Event at NYSE: Focus on Secure Timing

April 4, 2016

Juniper Networks, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will host a special event at the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday, April…

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N. Korea Jamming Impacts Ships, Aircraft

N. Korea Jamming Impacts Ships, Aircraft

April 4, 2016

Contradicting initial reports in the New York Times of no impact, the South Korean KBS News Radio reported that maritime and aviation traffic has been…

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North Korea Jamming GPS in the South…again

North Korea Jamming GPS in the South…again

April 1, 2016

South Korean officials have reported that their neighbors to the north are, once again, jamming GPS signals, according to an item in the New York…

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Congressmen Oppose NDGPS Plan Pending “Resilient PNT Architecture”

Congressmen Oppose NDGPS Plan Pending “Resilient PNT Architecture”

March 30, 2016

Blog Editor Note: In December a group of Congressmen wrote to Deputy Secretary Mendez at the Department of Transportation objecting to DoT’s plans to demolish…

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Plunging into Solar Minimum: Time to Drop our Guard?

Plunging into Solar Minimum: Time to Drop our Guard?

March 22, 2016

Guest Post By Joseph Kunches Most people know that disturbed space weather conditions can adversely impact GPS to various degrees. The Sun can roil the…

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Norway, UK Discuss eLoran Timing

Norway, UK Discuss eLoran Timing

March 20, 2016

The following was published by the Norwegian media outlet Bladet Vestralen. Translation Courtesy of Mr. Jens Hoxmark and Prof. David Last Loran Demolition stopped By…

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DHS and UrsaNav Successfully Demonstrate Timing Inside NYSE

DHS and UrsaNav Successfully Demonstrate Timing Inside NYSE

March 17, 2016

Guest Post by Stephen Bartlett, Vice President UrsaNav Corp. On March 8, 2016, UrsaNav, as part of the terms of a Cooperative Research and Development…

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Best Ad for Jammers Ever

Best Ad for Jammers Ever

March 10, 2016

The Metro section of the Washington Post had an article yesterday: “Robbers allegedly tracked gambler with GPS they hid on car.” It gets better. There…

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More Ain’t Necessarily Better!

More Ain’t Necessarily Better!

February 25, 2016

Guest Post by Professor David Last Satellite navigation may be the most successful innovation of recent decades among science-based industries. As the number of receivers…

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15 of 31 GPS Satellites Had Errors – See Animation

15 of 31 GPS Satellites Had Errors – See Animation

February 17, 2016

During the GPS anomaly on the 25th and 26th of January users had up to six satellites in view transmitting erroneous time signals. According to…

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US Govt – ‘GPS Errors Felt Around the Globe, Across Industries’

US Govt – ‘GPS Errors Felt Around the Globe, Across Industries’

February 15, 2016

Telecommunications systems around the world, broadcast systems in Europe, and Public Safety radios and aviation ground systems in the United States were among the technologies…

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“Will Fund eLoran on a Chip” – NIST

“Will Fund eLoran on a Chip” – NIST

February 11, 2016

Last week the National Institute of Standards and Technology announced that it wanted to fund development of an eLoran receiver that would fit on a…

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BBC Outages Due GPS Disruption

BBC Outages Due GPS Disruption

February 2, 2016

UK radio disturbance caused by satellite network bug By Chris Baraniuk, Technology reporter BBC.Com An error with the Global Positioning System (GPS) network has been…

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GPS Anomaly – Official USAF Statement

GPS Anomaly – Official USAF Statement

January 28, 2016

“Air Force Official Press Release – GPS Ground System Anomaly: On 26 January2016 at 12:49 a.m. MST, the 2nd Space Operations Squadron at the…

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GPS Was Out For Some Yesterday

GPS Was Out For Some Yesterday

January 26, 2016

At 15:36 Greenwich Mean Time yesterday, GPS satellite SVN 23/PRN 32, the oldest satellite in the GPS constellation, became unusable. It was taken out of…

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Were US Sailors ‘Spoofed’ Into Iranian Waters?

Were US Sailors ‘Spoofed’ Into Iranian Waters?

January 15, 2016

Christian Science Monitor – Passcode In 2011, Iran spoofed – or faked – Global Positioning System signals to send a CIA drone off course. Did…

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Christian Sci Monitor – Why GPS is More Vulnerable than Ever

Christian Sci Monitor – Why GPS is More Vulnerable than Ever

January 11, 2016

Christian Science Monitor – Passcode 8 January 2016 By Joe Uchill From a command center at Schriever Air Force Base, about 10 miles outside Colorado…

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Tell NIST It’s About Time! – They Want Your Comments

Tell NIST It’s About Time! – They Want Your Comments

December 20, 2015

NIST Seeking “Views on the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity“ We were very disappointed last year when we attended a presentation by NIST on…

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DHS: Drug Traffickers Are Spoofing Border Drones

DHS: Drug Traffickers Are Spoofing Border Drones

December 18, 2015

DHS: Drug Traffickers Are Spoofing Border Drones Defense One DECEMBER 17, 2015 BY PATRICK TUCKER The homeland security agency, and local law enforcement as well,…

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Volcker Alliance – ‘Government’s Greatest Achievements Being Lost in Breakdowns’

Volcker Alliance – ‘Government’s Greatest Achievements Being Lost in Breakdowns’

December 15, 2015

The recent Volcker Alliance paper “Vision + Action = Faithful Execution – Why Government Daydreams and How to Stop the Cascade of Breakdowns that Now…

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US to Build eLoran Timing, then Navigation Network to Complement GPS

US to Build eLoran Timing, then Navigation Network to Complement GPS

December 10, 2015

In letters dated the 8th of December, Department of Defense Deputy Secretary Robert Work and Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary Victor Mendez informed five members…

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France, Norway Surrender Sovereignty, Expose Critical Infrastructure to Criminals, Terrorists – UK, Europe Suffer Also

France, Norway Surrender Sovereignty, Expose Critical Infrastructure to Criminals, Terrorists – UK, Europe Suffer Also

December 7, 2015

France and Norway remain resolute in their determination to surrender their national sovereignty and increase their exposure to attacks on critical infrastructure from criminals and…

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US DHS – ‘US Increasingly At Risk from Dependency on GPS’

US DHS – ‘US Increasingly At Risk from Dependency on GPS’

December 1, 2015

“U.S. critical infrastructure sectors are increasingly at risk from a growing dependency on the Global Positioning System (GPS) for space-based position, navigation, and timing (PNT).”…

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Jamming in EU a Problem, Getting More Sophisticated, Worse

Jamming in EU a Problem, Getting More Sophisticated, Worse

November 1, 2015

GNSS jamming is a significant problem in Europe and is getting worse, according to Pieter De-Smet, Policy Officer at the European Commission. In a presentation…

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Researchers warn computer clocks can be easily scrambled

Researchers warn computer clocks can be easily scrambled

October 27, 2015

The below article provides another example of the importance of time and hence the need for multiple, independent, secure and resilient sources. As a side…

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US Military Moving Away From GPS – Where does that leave the rest of us?

US Military Moving Away From GPS – Where does that leave the rest of us?

October 19, 2015

The US Secretary of Defense has announced he wants to “unplug the military from GPS.” The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) website says that…

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eLoran to Become Commercial? – RIN News

eLoran to Become Commercial? – RIN News

October 16, 2015

The GLA are investigating the potential transition of UK/European eLoran services to a fully commercial operation. The General Lighthouse Authorities are seeking a viable solution…

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DARPA and GPS Backup – The “D” Stands for “Defense”

DARPA and GPS Backup – The “D” Stands for “Defense”

September 24, 2015

We were very glad to see the announcement this week that DARPA had awarded a contract to Rockwell Collins to develop technologies that could serve…

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NYU – “Potentially Catastrophic Vulnerabilities in GPS” – Live web forum

NYU – “Potentially Catastrophic Vulnerabilities in GPS” – Live web forum

September 24, 2015

New York University – International Center for Enterprise Preparedness (InterCEP) When: Tuesday, September 29, 2015 11:00 A.M. (Eastern Time) Join this discussion on The Global…

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Can You Hear Me Now?  New Spectrum Users Should Respect Long-Time Residents

Can You Hear Me Now? New Spectrum Users Should Respect Long-Time Residents

September 14, 2015

Your doctor probably won’t be able to hear your heartbeat if there is a heavy metal band playing in the next office. That’s the problem…

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Congress Presses GPS Backup Ahead of Today’s “PNT ExCom” Meeting

Congress Presses GPS Backup Ahead of Today’s “PNT ExCom” Meeting

September 3, 2015

Earlier this week five members of Congress wrote to the deputy secretaries of the US departments of Transportation and Defense urging them to “…immediately address…

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Finding Jammers – Signal Sentry 1000

Finding Jammers – Signal Sentry 1000

September 1, 2015

This is the second in a series of posts that summarize interviews with important PNT users. Today’s is from a conversation with Mr. Joe Rolli…

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Russia Boasts Jamming to “Make Aircraft Carriers Useless” at Show This Week

Russia Boasts Jamming to “Make Aircraft Carriers Useless” at Show This Week

August 26, 2015

This week “Space Daily” re-posted an item from the Russian news outlet “Sputnik.” The article claims that the nation’s long standing expertise in electronic warfare…

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Time and Money – Precise Time in Financial Systems

Time and Money – Precise Time in Financial Systems

August 25, 2015

This is the first in a series of posts that summarize interviews with important consumers and providers of PNT services. Today’s is from a conversation…

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GPS, Telecom Industry Groups Support eLoran System for US

GPS, Telecom Industry Groups Support eLoran System for US

August 20, 2015

94% of responses to the US Department of Transportation “Request for Comment” on its eLoran proposal were in favor of establishing the system as a…

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Cheap GPS Spoofer Changes Everything – For the Worse

Cheap GPS Spoofer Changes Everything – For the Worse

August 13, 2015

If your GPS receiver is being jammed, there’s a pretty good chance you are going to know that you don’t have a signal you can…

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“You Have Put This Nation At Risk!”

“You Have Put This Nation At Risk!”

July 29, 2015

Saying that there will be a major GPS outage some day and that America “absolutely has to have a backup system,” Congressman John Garamendi (D,…

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“We’ve got a problem!” – Congressman John Garamendi

“We’ve got a problem!” – Congressman John Garamendi

July 27, 2015

Speaking to the DC section of the Institute of Navigation last Wednesday, Congressman John Garamendi (D, CA) voiced his serious concern about the government’s inaction…

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New Initiative: Commercially Owned Low Frequency Wireless Timing & Navigation – based on eLoran

New Initiative: Commercially Owned Low Frequency Wireless Timing & Navigation – based on eLoran

July 16, 2015

We were surprised and pleased to get an invitation last week that read: “The General Lighthouse Authorities (GLA) of the UK and Ireland are delighted…

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Congressional Hearing on Federal Radionavigation Plan – What’s the Issue?

Congressional Hearing on Federal Radionavigation Plan – What’s the Issue?

July 14, 2015

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee announced this week that it will hold a hearing on the 28th of July at ten o’clock in room…

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Congressman Speaks On Time at US Naval Observatory, July 22

Congressman Speaks On Time at US Naval Observatory, July 22

July 13, 2015

Local chapters of the Institute of Navigation don’t normally meet at a global center of excellence, nor are they usually addressed by members of Congress.…

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Congressman LoBiondo “Throws the Switch” on eLoran

Congressman LoBiondo “Throws the Switch” on eLoran

June 22, 2015

You have to get past the weeds in the sun baked parking lot carved out of the beach grass and sea-grape tangle. Then you go around to the back and through a locked door. The air is a bit stale as you enter a dimly lit warehouse room filled with massive, 1950’s era electronic equipment. Along the walls are storage racks stuffed with boxes of spare equipment.

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Father of GPS on IMUs, eLoran, GPS

Father of GPS on IMUs, eLoran, GPS

June 13, 2015

At the 15th meeting of the National PNT Advisory Board last week in Annapolis, the board’s vice chair and generally recognized “father of GPS”, Dr. Brad Parkinson, made the case for using a combination of GPS, eLoran and inertial systems in order to achieve the nation’s goal of “Assured PNT.”

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Breaking News: Agreement for eLoran Test Signal In US!

Breaking News: Agreement for eLoran Test Signal In US!

May 22, 2015

Today, the US Department of Homeland Security agreed with the Exelis and UrsaNav Corporations to put an eLoran signal on the air for testing and demonstration.

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60 Minutes “The Battle Above”

60 Minutes “The Battle Above”

April 27, 2015

Did you see “60 Minutes” last night on CBS? David Martin did an excellent piece called “The Battle Above” about America’s dependence on space and the threats posed by anti-satellite weapons, especially from the Chinese. It featured interviews with General Hyten, commander of Space Command, and Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James.

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In GPS+ We Trust

In GPS+ We Trust

April 21, 2015

Bernie Madoff. Enron. Michael and Lowell Milken. That red sports car you bought second hand when you were in college. It doesn’t matter how great something or someone looks, or how well they seem to perform if you can’t trust them. A lack of integrity in a person or a technology means that, sooner or later, they /it are going to let you down.

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Drones, Wither Goest?

Drones, Wither Goest?

April 13, 2015

If something is really important you need more than one. You don’t need to have a degree in safety or systems engineering to know that. A Washington Post report last year showed that large autonomous aircraft are particularly vulnerable to GNSS as a single point of failure.

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Google’s Cerf & DOD’s Halvorsen – Different, but Complementary, Views on APNT

Google’s Cerf & DOD’s Halvorsen – Different, but Complementary, Views on APNT

April 9, 2015

Vint Cerf and Terry Halvorsen offered interesting and different, yet complementary, observations on the importance of assured PNT at last night’s RNT Foundation dinner. The event at the Metropolitan Club, hosted by former FAA Administrator Langhorne Bond, was attended by a broad cross section of members from industry, government and academia.

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From Harriman’s A4 to Future Nav

From Harriman’s A4 to Future Nav

April 7, 2015

While the cherry blossoms are only just beginning to make themselves known, tomorrow (Wednesday the 8th of April) is still going to be a great day to visit Washington, DC for members of the PNT community.

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New GPS/eLoran Bill in Congress

New GPS/eLoran Bill in Congress

March 27, 2015

Yesterday, a bi-partisan group of legislators led by Congressman John Garamendi (D, CA) introduced a bill that would require the Secretary of Defense to establish a backup for the Global Positioning System (GPS). Called the “National Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Resilience and Security Act of 2015,” it was co-sponsored by Congressmen Duncan Hunter (R, CA), Peter DeFazio (D, OR), and Frank LoBiondo (R, NJ).

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Vint Cerf, Terry Halvorsen, New FRN Add Spice to RNT Annual Dinner

Vint Cerf, Terry Halvorsen, New FRN Add Spice to RNT Annual Dinner

March 24, 2015

This week’s Federal Register Notice (FRN) that the government is considering eLoran to complement and backup GPS, and asking for public comment, is sure to…

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“Do We Want Faster Horses?”

“Do We Want Faster Horses?”

March 23, 2015

Henry Ford is reputed to have once remarked “If I had asked people what they wanted they would have said “faster horses.” The federal government might be facing a similar challenge with the Federal Register Notice it published this week about Complementary Positioning, Navigation and Timing. In it they asked for public comment about whether establish eLoran in the US would be useful and if it would be used.

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US Announces it is Considering eLoran – Wants Public Comment

US Announces it is Considering eLoran – Wants Public Comment

March 22, 2015

U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Dennis Cantrell   While there were a few coding problems the first time the Government Printing Office…

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US Losing Internet Lead?

US Losing Internet Lead?

March 20, 2015

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) publicized a report yesterday that outlined how further development of the internet, specifically the “Internet of Things,” will be hampered by the lack of an effective time signal. Interestingly, this “lack of effective time” could be a problem for the US, and for many third world countries, but not for Russia, China, Europe and others.

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DHS Helps Protect GPS

DHS Helps Protect GPS

March 18, 2015

Great progress by DHS in helping to protect critical infrastructure was reported this week by “Inside GNSS.” Led by DHS Science and Technology Program Manager Sarah Mahmood, DHS and NIST have developed and published a ten page guide of “Best Practices for Improved Robustness of Time and Frequency Sources in Fixed Locations.”

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21 Ways to Disrupt

21 Ways to Disrupt

March 16, 2015

We have always been a fan of the interesting, methodical and technically astute ways Dr. Sally Basker (PhD, BEng, FRIN) has of looking at and explaining things. In one of her recent efforts she outlined 21 different types of GNSS disruptions.

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DARPA – “GPS Use by Military a Vulnerability”

DARPA – “GPS Use by Military a Vulnerability”

February 20, 2015

The Strategic Technology Office at the US Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) has six focus areas it is currently working on – one of which is Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT).

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US DOD “Triples Down” on Assured PNT

US DOD “Triples Down” on Assured PNT

February 19, 2015

Russian Military Jamming Vehicle, Belspetsvneshtechnika Photo An alert RNT Foundation member recently noticed that the US Department of Defense is requesting three times the funds…

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GPS/GNSS: First, Admit You Have A Problem – Investigative TV News Starting to Help

GPS/GNSS: First, Admit You Have A Problem – Investigative TV News Starting to Help

February 12, 2015

The first step in Alcoholics Anonymous’ famous 12 Step recovery program is “Admit you have a problem.” Technologists not only admit the problem of GPS/GNSS…

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GPS Disruption Halts Ports, Endangers Ships – US Coast Guard

GPS Disruption Halts Ports, Endangers Ships – US Coast Guard

February 11, 2015

Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection   At a public meeting last month, US Coast Guard officials described how interference with GPS signals disrupted operations…

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PTA for GNSS

PTA for GNSS

February 3, 2015

Last week the “Father of GPS,” Dr. Brad Parkinson, renewed his call for PTA when it came to global navigation satellite systems (GNSS). When we…

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US Government Tiger Team Report – “GPS Complements”

US Government Tiger Team Report – “GPS Complements”

January 26, 2015

A rare glimpse into the thoughts and processes of the federal inter-agency in the arcane field of Position, Navigation and Timing, especially regarding GPS alternatives, was provided at the Stanford University PNT Symposium in October. An FAA presentation revealed the existence of a “Complementary PNT Tiger Team (CPNT3).” We learned…

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GPS Interference – A Cyber Problem

GPS Interference – A Cyber Problem

January 22, 2015

The most recent edition of the U.S. Coast Guard’s journal of safety and security at sea, “Proceedings” included interference with GPS as one of the cyber-vulnerabilities mariners needed to be concerned about.

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US Army – How much for 50,000 eLoran Receivers?

US Army – How much for 50,000 eLoran Receivers?

January 15, 2015

The US Army released a “Request for Information” yesterday seeking industry’s input on the cost to acquire up to 50,000 eLoran receivers. The Department of Defense is interested in taking advantage of “signals of opportunity.” Among the issues the Army is seeking input on for current eLoran receivers are…

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Sun More Dangerous Than North Korea

Sun More Dangerous Than North Korea

January 13, 2015

NOAA posted another severe space warning last week indicating that satellite navigation system operation could be compromised. Such alerts are not uncommon, especially recently as the sun seems to have recently been at a “solar maximum” and may spike violently again before the cycle is through.

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GPS is an Attractive Nuisance

GPS is an Attractive Nuisance

January 6, 2015

One of the many interesting exchanges at the US National Position, Navigation, and Timing Advisory Board in December was Professor Per Enge’s response to a question about how having a high power, difficult-to-disrupt, terrestrial eLoran system that provided GPS-like services, would benefit the space-based Global Positioning System (GPS).

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It’s in Law – Preserve Loran, Backup GPS

It’s in Law – Preserve Loran, Backup GPS

January 2, 2015

Sometimes seemingly minor provisions in obscure laws have huge impacts. Last week the President signed into law “The Howard Coble Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2014.” While the name might not immediately pique the interest of people interested in protecting GPS services and ensuring a GPS backup, that is exactly what one Section 229 of the act did.

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“I hate GPS” – Secretary of Defense Nominee Ashton Carter

“I hate GPS” – Secretary of Defense Nominee Ashton Carter

December 30, 2014

“I hate GPS,” President Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter, told a reporter just a few weeks ago. What became quickly clear, though, was that he doesn’t “hate GPS” per se. What he hates is that it doesn’t work everywhere and that so many things, both military and civilian, just don’t work without it.

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