Resilient PNT for defense highlighted in Nov. 16 webinar

October 16, 2017  - By

As a U.S. military system, GPS provides all the PNT capabilities they need for defense — until it doesn’t.

Though the accuracies are great and the encrypted signal is resistant to spoofing, its weak signal is very susceptible to jamming. GPS World will host a webinar Nov. 16 to examine ways to augment GPS/GNSS to add resiliency so critical military systems have assured PNT. Registration is free.

Speaker Mikel Miller — Air Force officer (ret.), chief scientist for PNT and instructor — said, “As military operations have evolved over time, three critical technologies have become foundational in synchronized, precision military operations: resilient PNT, resilient communications and resilient cyber. A system-of-systems architecture that integrates and optimizes these three technologies is required to provide trusted and resilient PNT information in GNSS denied/degraded environments.”

Sponsored by precision time company Spectracom, the webinar takes place Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. EST / 10 a.m. PST / 7 p.m. (1900h) Central European Time.

Read about the speakers and their topics below.

Lisa Perdue
Product Manager and Applications Engineer, Spectracom
Perdue is an expert in testing critical GPS and GNSS systems. She has trained hundreds of engineers and technicians who are responsible for high-reliability positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) applications. She took a lead role in the development of the first GNSS Vulnerability Test System and speaks widely on the topic at many industry conferences. Perdue is Spectracom product manager at Orolia, where she directs the organization’s GNSS simulation activities and contributes to its entire portfolio of resilient PNT solutions. She has more than 15 years of navigation and RF systems experience, which includes 10 years of service with the U.S. Navy, where she was a certified master training specialist.

Mike Jones
GPS World contributing editor for Defense; Capability Lead for Array Processing, Roke Manor Research
Jones leads the Array Processing group at Roke Manor Research, where he is also a senior consultant engineer. He has an exceptionally broad skill base encompassing sensing, communications, navigation and electronic warfare, and has particular specialist interest in GNSS adaptive antenna systems and direction-finding technology. He has detailed technical knowledge of adaptive antenna GPS systems and was jointly responsible for the development of a number of navigation protection systems using interference cancellation, adaptive beamforming and direction finding. His work is in service on a variety of MoD and DoD airborne platforms around the world. He specializes in the simulation, modeling and hardware implementation of advanced signal processing algorithms, and has led a number of FPGA and ASIC designs for radar, GPS and communications systems. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation.

Mikel Miller
Vice President for PNT Technologies at Integrated Solutions for Systems (IS4S); Former U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory
Miller is building a broad, multi-disciplinary research and development group at IS4S, focused on aspects of PNT and autonomous system science and technology. He began his career as a satellite systems engineer assigned with the U.S. Air Force, holding numerous test, research and development, and program management positions. After earning his Ph.D., he served as an assistant professor of electrical engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology until his retirement from the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel in 2003. Most recently, he served as the chief scientist for PNT Technologies for the Air Force Research Lab Sensors Directorate. He has authored/co-authored more than 65 journal articles, technical papers and documents, as well as a NATO handbook on navigation technologies. He is a Fellow and past president of the Institute of Navigation (ION) and a past chairman of the Joint Service Data Exchange.

Randy Villahermosa
Executive Director, iLAB, The Aerospace Corporation
Villahermosa will speak on research concepts in complementary PNT, including open-source frameworks and the potential role of signals-of-opportunity navigation.



Alan Cameron, Moderator
Editor-In-Chief and Publisher, GPS World
Alan Cameron is editor-in-chief and publisher of GPS World magazine, where he has worked since 2000. He also writes the monthly GNSS Design & Test newsletter.



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About the Author: Tracy Cozzens

Senior Editor Tracy Cozzens joined GPS World magazine in 2006. She also is editor of GPS World’s newsletters and the sister website Geospatial Solutions. She has worked in government, for non-profits, and in corporate communications, editing a variety of publications for audiences ranging from federal government contractors to teachers.