With warfare quickly evolving from guns and bombs to technology-enabled approaches, GPS (Global Positioning System) signals become crucial for missile guidance, troop movement, and communications, among many other uses. Navigation warfare, or NAVWAR, grew from the need to secure the integrity of navigation and timing solutions even when GPS signals are degraded or unavailable in both war and peace.
Since radio frequency attacks on GPS receivers could cause chaos and put our country at risk, the Army urgently needed to know when its critical GPS signals were being spoofed—when enemies confuse signals—or jammed.
The Army had a solution in hand, but it had to be tested. Testing in an open environment, however, can disrupt other critical GPS receivers, and there are federal laws against it.
Knowing that Booz Allen’s PNT (Positioning, Navigation, and Timing) Center of Excellence in Colorado Springs, Colorado, had the capability to test GPS signals in a closed-loop (no broadcasting) environment, an order came through: Test the new system quickly, confirm that it works, and get it out in the field.