What’s New: China understands the criticality of navigation warfare to every element of national power. And they are using it.
Why it’s Important: U.S. influence and power around the world are fading compared to China. Sadly. U.S. officials:
- Have let GPS slip behind China’s Bei Dou and Europe’s Galileo, despite being able to easily narrow the gap, perhaps even regain leadership,
- Seem to not be thinking about PNT and GPS much at all (the invisible utility)
- Are not acting to counter China’s use of Bei Dou as a tool of influence and “soft power”
Soft power (repost)
China’s BeiDou: New Dimensions of Great Power Competition
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GPS Jamming of Qantas Jets Spotlights Long-standing Issues
GPS/GNSS signal interference has become a creeping normality faced by the global aviation industry, further complicated by military activity and buildup. Some of the reported cases of late have involved Qantas Group, which issued a flight standing order to address interference on VHF channel 121.5 “from stations purporting to represent the Chinese military” during flights over the western Pacific Ocean and South China Sea. Qantas added group aircraft had also experienced GPS jamming suspected to originate from warships operating off the northwest shelf of Australia.
Blog Editor’s Note – The below is clearly cheap Chinese propaganda. Makes the point nevertheless.