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GAO: U.S. Homeland Security Not Prepared for GPS Outages

December 2, 2013

WASHINGTON — As jamming and disruptions to the nation’s positioning, navigation and timing satellites become more commonplace, the federal agency in charge of coordinating a national effort to protect critical infrastructure cannot ensure that “essential” operations would continue during an outage, according to a new report.

GPS “has become an invisible utility that users do not realize underpins their applications, leaving sectors potentially vulnerable to GPS disruptions,” a Nov. 6 report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) read.

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