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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

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»

Cyber Warfare: Report from the 30th Space Symposium Posted on 21 May 2014 in the All Blogs & Defense PNT Newsletter & Live Coverage & Opinions & Security & Surveillance categories.

Report from the 30th Annual Space Symposium, May 19-22, Broadmoor Resort, Colorado Springs, Colorado For the past five years, the first day of the National Space Symposium — now known... Read more»

eDLoran Surprise: European Navigation Conference 2014 Posted on 14 May 2014 in the Aviation & Space & Defense PNT Newsletter & Government Opinions & Newsletter Editorials categories.

At the ENC-GNSS Conference in Rotterdam, we delved into actions necessary to officially use EGNOS (giving me déjà vu from WAAS’s early days), heard sage words from Brad Parkinson, the father of GPS, and, on the last day, saw amazing proof of a claim many of us initially thought was outrageous —that differential (DLoran) with modern monitoring can result in consistent horizontal accuracies approaching five meters on a moving platform. Read more»

Protect, Toughen, Augment: Words to the Wise from GPS Founder Posted on 15 Apr 2014 in the Defense & Featured Stories & GNSS & Government & GPS Modernization & Latest News & The System categories.

“What can we do to reduce the vulnerability [of GPS] and ensure that the expectations of the public are going to be met?” asked Dr. Bradford Parkinson as he opened... Read more»