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Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) & Spectrum Management

CGSIC 2023

Recap: 63rd Meeting of the Civil GPS Service Interface Committee and view proceedings from past meetings

GPS Backup and Complementary PNT

DOT is working in conjunction with various Federal and civilian partners to develop and test critical backup GPS capability and complementary PNT services, ensuring a more robust and resilient national PNT architecture.

GPS Backup Demonstration: National Defense Authorization Act 2018, Section 1606

The Government, through a competitive acquisition process, has selected 11 candidate technologies to demonstrate Position and Timing capabilities in the absence of GPS over two demonstration sites.

Navigating from Point A to Point B safely and efficiently is critical to all modes of transportation making Positioning Navigation and Timing (PNT) capabilities and technologies a vital part of the global infrastructure.  The Department of Transportation is the lead for civil PNT requirements and represents the civil Departments and Agencies in the development, acquisition, management, and operations of the Global Positioning System (GPS). 

DOT’s Office of Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) and Spectrum Management coordinates the development of Departmental positions on PNT and Spectrum Policy to ensure safety, mobility, and efficiency of the transportation network. The Office is a program of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology.

While we lead the Department’s broad responsibilities on PNT matters, with a special focus on GPS interference, developing GPS civil requirements and coordinating civil PNT funding, our office plays an additional key role: we provide civil PNT systems and policy analysis and coordination for all Federal civil Departments and Agencies. We also represent those agencies in the development, acquisition, management, and operations of GPS, including requirements development.

Links and Documents:

PNT Advisory Board (PNTAB) Strategic Plan for Potential Interference (SPPI)- November 16, 2022

Complementary PNT and GPS Backup Technologies Demonstration Report

National Timing Resilience and Security Act: Roadmap To Implementation – January 2021

Federal Register Notice, and Agenda & Presentations for the 'Virtual' Workshop on GPS Jamming and Spoofing in the Maritime Environment-December 3, 2020

Agenda from the 63rd Meeting of the Civil GPS Service Interface Committee-September 11-12, 2023

Federal Register Notice seeking public input to the National PNT R&D Plan required by Executive Order 13905. 

pdf icon Executive Order on Strengthening National Resilience through Responsible Use of Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Services

pdf icon United States Department of Transportation Global Positioning System (GPS) Adjacent Band Compatibility Assessment

pdf icon Future Spectrum Requirements: An Analysis of Transportation Spectrum Needs 2019 through 2033, Final Report

pdf icon 2021 Federal Radio Navigation Plan (FRP)

pdf icon GPS Dependencies in the Transportation Sector: An Inventory of Global Positioning System Dependencies in the Transportation Sector, Best Practices for Improved Robustness of GPS Devices, and Potential Alternative Solutions for Positioning, Navigation and Timing

pdf icon 'Fact Sheets' (Office of PNT & Spectrum Management)