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12 Inside GNSS M A Y / J U N E 2 0 1 8 A fter wrangling over amendments for hours, the House Armed Service Committee passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (HR 5515) late Wednesday night (May 9) approving in the process a mandate for a new M-Code coordinating office. During the markup lawmakers passed an amendment by Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.) to re-focus the shift to M-Code capable equipment. The measure would require the Secretary of Defense, in coordination with the heads of the different ser- vices and defense agen- cies "to designate a com- ponent of the Office of the Secretary of Defense to be responsible for coordinating common solutions for M-C ode modernization efforts." "e amendment defines the roles and responsibilities of that chosen component and directs a number of reporting require- ments for the modernization efforts," said Mike Tierney, a senior consultant and budget expert with the defense, space/intelligence, homeland security consulting firm Jacques and Associ- ates, who monitored the entire mark-up. The component would identify the different elements of Department of Defense (DoD) that need M-Code capable receiver cards and determine the total number of receivers needed by each of those elements as well as by departments and DoD as a whole. It would also determine the projected cost and the timeline for the equipment upgrades, reporting to Congress on all of these findings starting in March 2019. Perhaps most importantly the new office would "systematically collect integration test data, lessons learned, and design solutions, and share such information with other elements of the Department." The office is to identify ways to prevent duplication in conduct- ing M-Code modernization efforts as well as ways that avoiding such duplica- tion could save money. is will include maximizing buying power by coordi- nating integration, testing, and procure- ment. e NDAA incorporates other GPS and GNSS-related provisions including a directive to the Secretary of the Air Force to "ensure that military Global Positioning System user equipment terminals have the capability to receive Galileo and QZSS signals, starting with increment 2, including with appropriate mitigation efforts." Increment 2 refers to the second phase of the Military GPS User Equipment program, or MGUE. e language was part of a measure passed by the Subcommittee on Strate- gic Forces earlier this year. Lawmakers also chose to require that user equip- ment "have the capability to receive non-allied positioning, navigation, and timing signals" if the benefits are found to outweigh the risks "or the risks can be appropriately mitigated." e full committee also underscored its support for a GPS backup. "e committee encourages the Sec- retary of Defense, Secretary of Trans- portation, and Secretary of Homeland Security to continue to work together to jointly develop and implement a plan for carrying out this backup GPS capability demonstration in 2019 and 2020." e language also ordered the secretaries to report back on the test. GSA to Host GNSS Raw Measurements Taskforce Workshop F ollowing the publication of the White Paper Using GNSS R aw Measurements on Android Devices, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) and the Washington, D.C. House Passes NDAA Including New M-Code Coordination Mandate See Additional News Stories at • Inertial Sensors, Receiver Signal Processing and Indoor Navigation Take Center Stage at PLANS • International Navigation Forum / Navitech 2018 • ESA/JRC International Summer School on GNSS 2018 Slated for July . . . and more. News from the world of GNSS DEGREES

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