Don Jewell

About Don Jewell

rss feed Email

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

GPS III Update: First Satellite Ready for Testing Posted on 14 Apr 2015 in the Defense & GNSS & Latest News & Opinions categories.

Report from the 31st Space Symposium COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — I had the pleasure of having an early breakfast on this beautiful Colorado morning with Mark Stewart, VP and program manager... Read more»

What to Do, Who to See at the 31st Space Symposium Posted on 08 Apr 2015 in the Aviation & Space & Defense & Featured Stories & Opinions categories.

Every year before I attend the Space Symposium, I make a list of topics to explore and people to talk to, both as a journalist and in my senior space analyst profession. I thought I would share my topics and names with you, because you may have some of the same interests — including GPS III, OCX and up-and-coming executives and officers. Read more»

Flying Without GPS One Dark, Stormy Night Posted on 11 Mar 2015 in the Defense & Opinions categories.

In 1978, I was stationed in Iceland as Supervisor of Flying for U.S. Air Force military aircraft. My boss, Major General-selectee John L. (Pete) Piotrowski, had arrived for a visit. In the days before GPS, during a particularly stormy and icy night, we experienced a close call with an AWAC aircraft, leading to just one of the leadership lessons I learned from this great man. Plus: The difference GPS made. Read more»

Out in Front: GPS III and the Budget Blues Posted on 01 Mar 2015 in the Opinions categories.

Guest column by Don Jewell, Defense Editor In the 2016 President’s Budget, submitted in February, the U.S. Air Force requested a budget of $122.2 billion. That exceeds the Office of... Read more»

USAF FY16 Budget Plus $10B More, Please! Posted on 11 Feb 2015 in the Defense & Opinions categories.

The long-anticipated 2016 President’s Budget (PB) was submitted to Congress in early February. The PB is the spark that ignites the lengthy and often contentious congressional budget process, including: adopting... Read more»

What Is a Brigadier? And as a GPS User, Why Do I Care? Posted on 22 Jan 2015 in the Defense categories.

This is the story we ran in GPS World magazine just moments after the announcement was made that Colonel William Cooley, Ph.D., director of the GPS Directorate, was nominated by... Read more»

Reflections and Hope for GNSS Posted on 10 Dec 2014 in the Defense & Opinions categories.

2014 marks 40 years of my long association with the positioning, navigation and timing gold standard we call GPS. There’s no question that GPS or GNSS should remain as the bedrock for all PNT solutions. Three technologies that can build on GNSS are eLoran, inertial systems, and all signals available. Read more»

Professors That Make a Difference Posted on 12 Nov 2014 in the Defense & Opinions 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»