President signs EO that requires federal agencies to develop plans to protect positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) services
President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order last Wednesday that requires federal agencies to develop plans to protect positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) services, which support the Global Positioning System (GPS), from disruption and manipulation.
The Order describes PNT services as "a largely invisible utility for technology and infrastructure, including the electrical power grid, communications infrastructure and mobile devices, all modes of transportation, precision agriculture, weather forecasting, and emergency response."
The Order directs appropriate agencies, in coordination with the Secretary of Commerce and the private sector, to create profiles of their PNT systems and implement contractual language that includes relevant language from these profiles in all Federal contracts that utilize these systems. Its goal is to foster the responsible use of PNT services by critical infrastructure owners and operators.
GPS is used extensively in Wireless 911 Location and related public safety services.