Experts say GPS can be strengthened but the military still needs alternatives.
The military wants to apply quantum computing to secure communications and inertial navigation in GPS denied environments.
Northrop Grumman executives said April 25 that the company declined to submit a proposal for the next set of GPS 3 satellites, all but guaranteeing that Lockheed Martin will win the competition.
Lockheed Martin executives said April 24 they are confident they will win an Air Force competition for the next set of GPS 3 navigation satellites as questions swirl about what other companies, if any, submitted proposals.
OCX effective April 1 transitioned to agile software development.
Defense and IT company Leidos triumphed over competitor Raytheon this week in a competition to build a hosted payload for the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration for honing GPS signals.
The annual SAR report looks at Defense Department acquisition programs' cost, schedule, and performance changes.
In a Feb. 13 solicitation, the Air Force announced it will “conduct a full and open competition” for the production of 22 GPS 3 satellites.
The U.S. military has moved to upgrade GPS spacecraft, control systems on the ground and user terminals with new security features. Fears are growing, however, as Russia’s military and other potential adversaries step up their electronic warfare game and come up with fresh techniques to deny U.S. forces access to positioning, navigation and timing data.
Following an acknowledgment of another deployment extension for the GPS 3 ground control network, the U.S. Air Force publicly and forcefully called on contractor Raytheon to put the program back on track.
The Japanese government is considering adding an additional three satellites to the country’s domestic navigation system in order to ensure that it would work with or without the U.S.’s GPS system.
An open system is evaluating "how innovative are people being,” said Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch.