Headlines: House Passes Legislation that Includes Backup to GPS; House NDAA Calls for Demonstration of Backup and Complementary PNT; Minibus Bill Adds $10M for GPS Backup Demo
Information for Policymakers from the National Coordination Office for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT)
August 11, 2017
House Passes Legislation that Includes Backup to GPS
The House of Representatives recently passed H.R.2825, the Department of Homeland Security Authorization Act. This legislation incorporates H.R. 2518, the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2017 and its provision titled "Backup Global Positioning System", which proposes that:
(a) eLORAN.—Subject to the availability of appropriations, the Secretary (‘Secretary’ means the Secretary of Transportation, acting through the Commandant of the Coast Guard) shall provide for the establishment, sustainment, and operation of a reliable land-based enhanced LORAN, or eLORAN, positioning, navigation, and timing system.
(b) Purpose.—The purpose of the system established under subsection (a) is to provide a complement to, and backup for, the Global Positioning System (in this section referred to as ‘GPS') to ensure the availability of uncorrupted and nondegraded positioning, navigation, and timing signals for military and civilian users in the event that GPS signals are corrupted, degraded, unreliable, or otherwise unavailable.
The bill goes on to prescribe the requirements of the system and how it is to be implemented. The legislation also establishes reporting requirements. The House report also proposes $200 million in "Capital Spending for PNT System" in FY 2018-2022 and provides an extensive discussion of the estimated costs and potential revenue sharing.
House NDAA Calls for Demonstration of Backup and Complementary PNT
The House-passed version of the National Defense Authorization Act, H.R. 2810, includes Section 1617 which calls for a demonstration of backup and complementary PNT. The provision requires during FY 2018, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Transportation, and the Secretary of Homeland Security to jointly develop a plan for carrying out a backup GPS capability demonstration for the Global Positioning System. The Secretaries would be required to provide a briefing on this plan to the appropriate congressional committees within 120 days of the enactment of the Act. This section further states that, subject to the availability of appropriations, the Secretaries would be required to jointly initiate the backup GPS capability demonstration and that the demonstration would terminate 18 months after the enactment of the Act. At this date of termination, the Secretaries would be required to submit a report on the demonstration.
Minibus Bill Adds $10M for GPS Backup Demo
On July 27, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3219 - Make America Secure Appropriations Act of 2018, a "minibus," package which includes Defense, Military Construction-VA, Energy and Water Development, and Legislative Branch appropriations bills. During debate, the House adopted amendment 32, which was introduced by Representatives John Garamendi (D-CA) and Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), "which provides $10 million for the purposes of carrying out a GPS backup technology demonstration." The amendment complements Section 1617 of the NDAA, which was described above.
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