Image: Military members practice navigating in a GPS-denied environment. The Pentagon is concerned a move by the FCC may harm GPS functionality. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eli J. Medellin/Released)


Blog Editor’s Note – The below article is a good summary of yesterday’s hearing.  To answer the question in the article’s title, we will be publishing our thoughts on the way forward shortly.

Meanwhile here are the prepared statements of the witnesses, and the posters that they used:

Undersecretary Griffin Statement       ADM Allen Statement      DoD CIO  Deasey Statement

General Raymond Statement         Poster 1             Poster 2            Poster 3              Poster 4






Battlefield Tech

The Pentagon made its case against Ligado. What now?

The hearing, the Senate Armed Services Committee’s first since returning from a coronavirus-related break, was unusually technical, with defense officials providing a joint presentation about how GPS works, their view of Ligado’s technology, and how the military could be hurt by Ligado’s efforts. The first round of questions from senators took more than two hours and 15 minutes.

A pro-Pentagon tone was set early. Sens. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., and Jack Reed, D-RI., the chairman and ranking member of the committee, had joined their House counterparts to write an April 23 op-ed slamming the FCC’s decision and threatening potential legislative action. Notably, neither representatives from Ligado nor the FCC were invited to attend the hearing.

News that the FCC planned to approve Ligado’s request was first reported April 10 by C4ISRNET. On April 20, the FCC unanimously voted to move forward with the plan.

Appearing before the committee were Dana Deasy, the department’s chief information officer; research and engineering head Mike Griffin; Gen. Jay Raymond, the head of U.S. Space Force; and Thad Allen, a retired Coast Guard admiral with years of radio frequency experience.