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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

In defense of PNT: Multi-GNSS to the rescue Posted on 11 May 2016 in the Defense & Opinions categories.

For more than 41 years, many of us who were there in the beginning have been discussing the attributes, capabilities, enabling features and shortcomings of GPS and other space-based PNT (position,... Read more»

Words from Gen. Hyten: Leader, prophet and warfighter Posted on 18 Apr 2016 in the Defense & GNSS & Latest News categories.

There were well over 100 presentations and speeches given at the 32nd Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo., last week. However, I only want to speak about one of them... Read more»

Remote servicing and repair could be ‘Holy Grail’ for space Posted on 12 Apr 2016 in the Defense & Featured Stories & Latest News categories.

Don Jewell reports from the 32nd Space Symposium, April 11-14, Colorado Springs, Colorado. (See Monday’s blog here.) Tuesday, April 12 There are few Holy Grails in space. Today’s announcements from several different... Read more»

Don Jewell reports from 32nd annual Space Symposium Posted on 11 Apr 2016 in the Defense & Latest News & Opinions categories.

Opening Day, April 11 It never fails. Invite 11,000-plus of your closest acquaintances for a week in the Rocky Mountains in April, and you have one — make that several — weather related events. I... Read more»

All Betz are on: A satnav book review Posted on 10 Feb 2016 in the Defense & Opinions categories.

There is something for everyone interested in satnav in this wonderful book, regardless of their level of involvement or sophistication with PNT. This book is a treasure trove for PNT engineers and satnav experts but it’s readability is such that even if you are only slightly curious about how space based PNT works, you will find it an educational and enjoyable read. Read more»

GPS aboard the world’s highest, fastest manned gliders Posted on 13 Jan 2016 in the Defense & Featured Stories & Opinions categories.

Featuring an exclusive interview with Astronaut Scott Kelly from aboard the International Space Station This month, we discuss sailplanes of all sorts and conduct a brief on-orbit interview with Astronaut Scott... Read more»

GPS programs at a crossroads: Which way forward? Posted on 09 Dec 2015 in the Defense & Opinions categories.

The late, great, oft-quoted Yogi Berra, in an interview shortly before his passing, was quoted as saying “I never said most of the things I said.” For our purposes, let’s... Read more»

PNTAB and eLoran in the People’s Republic Posted on 11 Nov 2015 in the Defense & Opinions categories.

That is, in the People’s Republic of Boulder, Colorado. To those of us who live in Colorado, Boulder is known by this seemingly timeless but absolutely accurate appellation. This stunningly... Read more»