Image: US Navy/DVIDS, DOD CIO John Sherman and USAF LGEN Robert Skinner
What’s New: The Department of Defense CIO said adversaries are going attack GPS on the first day of any conflict. Getting alternatives now is a high priority,
Why it’s Important:
- The CIO is the DOD “Principal Staff Assistant” for positioning, navigation, and timing.
- GAO has repeatedly criticized DOD for management of alternative PNT efforts and lack of leadership support
Things to Know:
- The CIO also has a lot of other duties and PNT isn’t even listed on the office’s primary web page.
- CIO is supposed to coordinate DOD PNT efforts, but is not responsible for executing any.
- Alternative PNT projects are scattered across the armed services. There is no day-to-day department-level management or leadership as might be found in something like a joint program office.
- DOD GPS program officers and industry lobbyists have long opposed and obstructed systems they see as possibly threatening funding.