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GPS policy to be closely coordinated

by Nikola Strahija on December 17th, 2004 The first GPS policy update in eight years strongly reaffirms the U.S. commitment to GPS technology, a positive signal for companies that develop, market and export related products for commercial, scientific and military uses.


The United States will begin an aggressive promotion and tighter coordination oversight of its Global Positioning System.

The first GPS policy update in eight years strongly reaffirms the U.S. commitment to GPS technology, a positive signal for companies that develop, market and export related products for commercial, scientific and military uses.

It also formalizes the U.S. response to developing global realities, including Europe's recent decision to move forward with a system similar to GPS called Galileo, potential military and homeland security threats, and a fast expanding commercial market.

Some aspects of the long-term policy rewrite remain classified and important budgetary questions must still be answered.

A central priority of the new blueprint is to ensure, at minimum, a certain level of harmony between GPS and other space-based systems to guarantee ease of use and precision wherever the technology exists.
Another priority is to ensure that no military or other threat can exploit global positioning technology to disrupt battlefield operations or launch an attack on U.S. interests at home or abroad.

The administration is establishing a permanent executive committee co-chaired by the defense and transportation departments to coordinate GPS policy.


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