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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.

Divis is assistant managing editor – news at the Washington (D.C.) Examiner.

Columns
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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