July 31, 2012

House, DoD Move to Bridge OCX Funding Gap

[SIGNALS Exclusive] Both Congress and the Pentagon are putting money on the table to bridge the gap created by delays in the development of the new GPS ground system. (more)

UAVs: DHS Under Pressure to Take a Greater Role in GPS Anti-Spoofing

[SIGNALS Exclusive] A congressional committee overseeing activities at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appears poised to push the agency into a more substantive role in overseeing the use of drones in the United States - a move that could force DHS to move more forcefully to protect GPS users from spoofing. (more)

Brussels View: Remembrance of Things Past

In 2003, China committed to investing €200 million (US$270 million) for the privilege of participating in the development of Europe's Galileo program. But by 2007 it had been forced out of major decision-making because of security concerns and the collapse of the original financing plan for the program, which was to include public and private money. (more)

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Washington View: Congressional 'Sequestration' Gambit Looms Over GPS Budget

Members of Congress - who have not finished next year's appropriations, face half a dozen major tax and program fixes set to expire, and have their own re-elections to worry about - must quickly decide how to handle a tsunami of federal budget cuts that experts say could sweep the economy back into recession. (more)

Thinking Aloud: Can Congress Rescue Itself?

In the 1974 Mel Brooks' movie, Blazing Saddles, one of the characters - surrounded by his enemies - points a gun at his head and tries to escape by taking himself hostage. As I recall, he gets away with the absurd move and survives to fight another day. That's Hollywood! (more)

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