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Don Jewell served 30 years in the United States Air Force, as an aviator and a space subject-matter expert. Don’s involvement with GPS and other critical space systems began with their inception, either as a test system evaluator or user. He served two command assignments at Schriever AFB, the home of GPS, and retired as Deputy Chief Scientist for Air Force Space Command. Don also served as a Politico Military Affairs Officer during the Reagan administration, working with 32 foreign embassies and serving as a Foreign Disclosure Officer making critical export control decisions concerning sophisticated military hardware and software.

After retiring from the USAF, Don served seven years as the senior space marketer and subject-matter expert for two of the largest government contractors dealing in space software and hardware.

Don currently serves on two independent GPS review teams he helped found, and on three independent assessment teams at the Institute for Defense Analyses, dealing with critical issues for the U.S. government. Don has served on numerous Air Force and Defense Scientific Advisory Boards. He writes and speaks extensively on technical issues concerning the U.S. government. Don earned his Bachelor’s degree and MBA; the Ph.D. is in progress.

Posts by Don Jewell

Professors That Make a Difference Posted on 12 Nov 2014 in the Defense PNT Newsletter & Newsletter Editorials categories.

Despite being an avowed Anglophile since my first visit to the United Kingdom, somewhere around 50+ years ago, I just could not help myself. Professor David Last, Professor Emeritus at the University of Wales (Bangor) and former president of the Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN) was holding forth, with that wonderful, attention-arresting public school accent, on weighty PNT (position, navigation and timing) matters before an awestruck audience. Read more»

Danger, Will Robinson! Beware the IMES of Japan Posted on 08 Oct 2014 in the Defense PNT Newsletter & Newsletter Editorials categories.

In May 2011, Dinesh Manandhar and Hideyuki Torimoto of GNSS Technologies, Inc., Japan, penned a very interesting article in GPS World titled – Opening Up Indoors: Japan’s Indoor Messaging System, IMES. The... Read more»

Galileo Conspiracy Theory Posted on 15 Sep 2014 in the Defense PNT Newsletter & Newsletter Editorials categories.

PLUS: Flying for GPS Book Review
Do you know any conspiracy theorists? You know, those folks who I am sure are well meaning, but see a conspiracy behind every event? Think Mel Gibson in the great 1997 movie with the very imaginative title Conspiracy Theory. Well, the conspiracy theorists have been coming out of the woods following the Galileo launch fiasco, and they are blaming both the Russians and European Space Agency for allowing the Russians the capability to effectively render useless what should have been the first two operational Galileo PNT satellites. Read more»

Latest Words from the Acquisition Guru of the World’s Gold Standard for PNT Posted on 01 Sep 2014 in the Defense & Expert Advice & Leadership Talks categories.

Colonel William “Wild Bill” Cooley, director of the GPS Directorate at Space and Missile Systems Center, discusses CNAV signals, GPS IIF launches, and the OCX with Defense Editor Don Jewell.... Read more»

GPS III Sources Sought? Posted on 13 Aug 2014 in the Defense PNT Newsletter & Government Opinions & Newsletter Editorials categories.

So, there I was, sipping a cold green tea in the shade on my back deck in the beautiful foothills of the Rocky Mountains in early June, when the phone... Read more»

Year of the Generals Posted on 09 Jul 2014 in the Aviation & Space & Defense & Defense News & Defense PNT Newsletter & Government & Newsletter Editorials & Uncategorized categories.

Several pleasant surprises popped up at this year’s Institute of Navigation’s Joint Navigation Conference (ION JNC) in Orlando, Florida, and the best by far centered on the presenters and the... Read more»

30th Space Symposium Plus: A Truly Global Event Posted on 10 Jun 2014 in the Defense PNT Newsletter categories.

I have said before and will undoubtedly say again, there is absolutely no space-related event in the world today that approaches the sophistication and professionalism of the Space Symposium held... Read more»

Governor Signs Colorado Space Bill at 30th Space Symposium Posted on 21 May 2014 in the All Blogs & Aviation & Space & Defense PNT Newsletter & Featured Stories & Government News & Live Coverage categories.

Governor John Hickenlooper (D) of Colorado made the trek from the statehouse in Denver yesterday to sign key space-friendly Colorado legislation at the 30th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs. Read more»