JOINT DOD/DOT TASK FORCE - REVIEW ANNOUNCEMENT
JOINT DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND DEPARTMENT OF
REVIEW OF THE GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM
27 MAY 1993
The Department of Defense and the Department of Transportation will
conduct a joint review of how to get maximum use of DOD's Global
Positioning System (GPS) in satisfying both military and civilian needs.
The review was announced today by Secretary of Transportation,
Federico Pena and Defense Department officials.
Developed by DOD, GPS is a space-based positioning and navigation
system that uses a network of Navstar satellites. It provides very
precise three-dimensional position and velocity information, as well as
While GPS is designed primarily to meet military requirements,
the U.S. Government wants to ensure the maximum civil use of GPS
consistent with national security needs. These civil uses are expected
to grow and generate benefits such as increased transportation safety
and efficiency and economic growth.
Secretary Pena said, "Secretary of Defense Les Aspin and I have
agreed that we should explore the civilian uses of and participation in
GPS. We see it as a way to apply military technology to civilian use
and to demonstrate U.S. Leadership in this field. The impact of civil
uses can give a major boost to our economy".
The two departments said a joint DOD/DOT task force will examine the
implications for civilian use of the positioning system. The group will
make recommendations on how the system can be managed most effectively
for both military and civil purposes.
The task force will be jointly chaired by Joseph F. Canny, deputy
assistant secretary of transportation for policy and international
affairs, and Richard G. Howe, DOD's director for theater and tactical
C3 (command, control, and communications). It will operate under the
auspices of the DOT Navigation Council and the DOD Positioning/Navigation
Executive Committee. The group is expected to complete its work by the
end of 1993 and make a report to the two secretaries.