The following is a commentary from the eLoranTechnologies.com staff referencing the DHS (House) appropriations bill, 2013. HR report 112-492 of May 23, 2012.
The (house) committee on appropriations (sets obligation & spending) made the following comment in its report* in an explanation of the 2013 DHS bill…. “The committee is concerned”. It is “concerned about threats and interruptions of GPS information”. It “urges DHS, and its science and technology (S&T) arm, to look at ways to locate, analyze the nature of interruptions and establish a capacity on a nation-wide basis, in the near term “and include the development of pilot projects”.
At some point in the life of the debate on GPS vulnerabilities (in earnest since the LightSquared debacle) and, dare we say urgent need for a ‘viable cost effective option for continuity of PNT services, of equal precision, absent GPS’. There was the call for…a Complement…a Backup…an Alternate…now…a nation wide Capacity and pilot project…eLoran by any other name is still eLoran. Lest we forget, 2008 is when DHS and DOT issued a statement… and a policy decision ‘…to begin the implementation of the national eLoran system as the backup of choice absent GPS’. Presumably a decision taken based on studies, analysis etc, etc This is taking us back 3 steps…Some optimistically call it a ‘place holder’ for when sanity returns and DHS/DOT revisit the earlier decision and Congress give its unconditional approval and corresponding funding.