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Washington View appears in each issue of Inside GNSS. It covers U.S. policy and program issues involving the Global Positioning System and other GNSSes. Reporting from Washington, D.C., columnist Dee Ann Divis has written about GNSS and the aerospace industry since the early 1990s in GPS World, Geo Info Systems, Jane’s International Defense Review, the Los Angeles Times, AeroSpace Daily and other publications.

January/February 2018

Congressional Mandate Means More Work on New Military GPS Receivers

November/December 2017

Ligado: Business and Network Plan Remain Unclear

September/October 2017

GPS III Contest At Hand But Context has Shifted Sharply

July/August 2017

GPS Funding Comes with Strong Support — and Strings Attached

May/June 2017

EU eLoran Efforts Sharpen while U.S. Requirements Study Continues

March/April 2017

Ligado Test Results Roll In

January/February 2017

GPS Roundup: Congress Reopens for Business

November/December 2016

How Will GNSS Fare Under a Trump Administration?

September/October 2016

Ligado Funds Federal Labs to Boost GPS Receiver Test Stance

July/August 2016

Air Force Backs GPS OCX as Temporary Shutdown Looms

The Air Force is defending the new GPS ground system, taking a stand against naysayers in Congress and declaring through its actions an intent to stick with the Next Generation Operational Control System program (OCX) — at least for now.

May/June 2016

Military GPS Receiver Advances Could Help Trim Satellite Costs

Advanced military receivers using the sort of modern multi-channel, multi-constellation capabilities already available commercially, could enable the Air Force to focus its anti-jam efforts on the ground, simplifying future GPS satellites and lowering their cost.

March/April 2016

How Privatizing Air Traffic Control Could Affect Satellite Navigation’s Role in Aviation

NextGen’s is years behind schedule and over budget. Is privatization of air traffic control the answer?

January/February 2016

Redacted DHS Report Details Privacy Jammer Risks

Small GPS jammers, particularly the 'personal privacy devices' readily available on the Internet, pose one of the greatest risks to the nation's critical infrastructure, according to a now public Homeland Security assessment.

September/October 2015

New Fiscal Year Begins with Unfinished GPS Business

Summer vacation is over. Time to go back to work.

July/August 2015

Officials Delay First GNSS Authorization Request; Light-Squared Tries to Leverage Issue

May/June 2015

Same Issues, Fierce Debate as LightSquared Bankruptcy Ends; GPS Spectrum Battle Reappears

The Adjacent-Band Compatibly Assessment aims to head off future
interference issues by letting companies know in advance the power
limits by which they need to abide in order to avoid interfering with

March/April 2015

U.S. Nears eLoran Decision with Broad International Implications

As things stand in Europe eLoran will cease to exist after the 31st of
December because the French and the Norwegians will switch off their

January/February 2015

FCC Raises Questions about U.S. Access to Non-GPS GNSS

“It is incumbent upon us as part of our policy of promoting interoperability and compatibility that we not put up artificial restrictions to foreign systems in the U.S. lest other people try to do the same to us.”

November/December 2014

Higher Aspirations for GNSS

Space – the next GPS frontier. Higher-than-GNSS-orbit applications could spur cooperation.

September/October 2014

OCX Program Restructured, Delayed Again

As a result of its spotty funding history, the civil community was, as of last year, some $50 million to $100 million short on its original commitment to the GPS program.

July/August 2014

New Leaders at the GPS Helm

Changes across the board as a new threat to spectrum emerges

May/June 2014

DoD Condenses Acquisition Strategy to Speed M-Code Units

March/April 2014

GPS Modernization Stalls

Budget Cuts Put GPS Redesign on Hold, Stall Modernization; Dual-Launch Still a Possibility  

January/February 2014

Proposal for U.S. eLoran Service Gains Ground

November/December 2013

OCX and GPS Cybersecurity

A successful attack on the GPS system could be particularly damaging because so many critical networks rely on its signals and on each other. Consequently, a great deal of attention is being given to its security.

September/October 2013

UAV Operations in National Air Space Advance as Privacy Fight Heats Up

Significant progress has been made in integrating two classes of small,
unmanned aircraft into the national air space, an area of considerable
interest for GNSS companies whose products provide navigation and
guidance for many of the unmanned systems.

July/August 2013

Location, Location, Location

Increasing awareness of the ways location data is being used, and worries over personal privacy, have led consumers to regularly opt out of sharing location information and triggered protests when tracking is discovered.

May/June 2013

Air Force Proposes Dramatic Redesign for GPS Constellation

Momentum is building to shift to a new constellation architecture that uses two types of GPS satellites — full-capability GPS III satellites and new lean spacecraft called NavSats.

March/April 2013

It's Complicated

It’s spring and privacy proposals are popping up in abundance, threatening to complicate the lives of law enforcement officers, spoil the landscape for some location-based businesses and choke off the U.S. market for commercial unmanned aerial systems before it gets off the ground.

January/February 2013

More Than Money Worries

November/December 2012

Taking Turns at the Fiscal Cliff

As Congress nears the “fiscal cliff” of sequestration, delays in developing dual-satellite launch capabilities and funding civil GPS modernization could lead to a decline in the system’s constellation.

September/October 2012

GPS Civil Funding

Not only have the GPS civil program funds been held up for months, but
when the promised amount finally arrives, it will —again— be far short
of what was budgeted.

July/August 2012

Congressional ‘Sequestration’ Gambit Looms Over GPS Budget

May/June 2012

USPTO Nears Approval of Troubling British Patent on New GPS Civil Signal

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is weeks away from approving a controversial British patent that could force American consumers to pay more for navigation devices and affect the operations of the American military.

May/June 2012

A European Perspective on Patent Dispute over GPS-Galileo Civil Signal

March/April 2012

LightSquared Fallout May Prompt Push for GPS Receiver Standards

January/February 2012

New Austerity Squeezes GPS as DoD Tightens Its Belt

Military managers, fidgeting like new-year dieters at a Weight Watchers
meeting, anxiously wait to see what they'll have to live without now
that years of war-fueled budget indulgence are over. How will GPS fare
as Congress reviews the president's budget?

November/December 2011

LightSquared: Who Pays for GPS Receiver Fixes Yet to be Devised?

September/October 2011

Looming Budget Hurricane Could Swamp the GPS Landscape

Budget storms have reappeared on the horizon and the fore¬cast for defense expendi¬tures, including for the GPS program, is grim with a high probability of ugly.

July/August 2011

LightSquared Flunks GPS Interference Tests: What Now?

Faced with overwhelming evidence that its wireless broadband system would jam GPS receivers, hedge fund-backed LightSquared redirects its efforts towards Congress.

May/June 2011

Homeland Security Steps Up to Protect GPS (But Not from LightSquared)

DHS may pick up the pace on its six-year-long stroll for meeting mandates on GPS interference, while the FCC presses on with LightSquared broadband plan in L1 spectrum.

March/April 2011

GPS Community Confronts LightSquared Move into L1 Spectrum

The GPS community is seething over a January 26 decision by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) giving a conditional go ahead to a new broadband network with the potential to overwhelm GPS receivers across the country. Dee Ann Divis reports from Washington, D.C.

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