Defense PNT Newsletter

A Look at the Rugged Handheld Algiz 7

March 15, 2011By

The warfighters have spoken. My correspondence lately has been full of questions about tablet and handheld computers. My sources at AT&T and Verizon tell me that the number of iPads in Iraq and Afghanistan have doubled in the last year alone. The problem is that Apple iPads and iPhones, for all their ubiquity, are not rugged in any sense of the word. Enter Handheld US with the Algiz 7. read more

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Raytheon Interview: GPS OCX Program Status

February 16, 2011By

Don Jewell, our intrepid Defense editor, finally stopped traveling long enough to catch up with Robert "Bob" Canty, the Raytheon vice president and program manager for the GPS OCX program. They managed to find time for a very interesting and uplifting conversation concerning the history, current status, and way ahead for the next-generation GPS operational ground control segment. Uplifting because, incredibly, this critical space program is actually on schedule and on budget. Alert the media and roll the presses! read more

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New Year’s GPS Update with Col. Bernie Gruber

January 11, 2011By

Don Jewell (DJ), our Defense Editor, caught up with Colonel Bernard Gruber (BG), the newest director of the newly renamed Global Positioning Systems Directorate at SMC in Los Angeles, California. They discussed the current status of the GPS program and the way ahead. Don caught Colonel Gruber just before he departed for the East Coast for an Executive-Level Acquisition Course at the Defense Acquisition University at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. read more

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Col. Dave Madden Looks Back, and Forward into GPS Future

July 27, 2010By
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As he retires from the Air Force, Col. Dave Madden gives a status update on GPS modernization and outlines four steps the GPS Wing is taking to ensure worldwide PNT services are not interrupted during modernization, exploring a more robust means of ensuring compatibility, and becoming more involved in the development, integration, and testing of new military and possibly civil user equipment. He also announces the set-up of a GPS Directorate within the Department of Defense in October. read more

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