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Obama decision to cause more shipwrecks
Sunday 21 Jun 2009, 07:56
Filed under: harbor

eLoran Sparks Debate In Washington – Is It Truly Important?

Even as a government watchdog agency warns that GPS navigation satellites could fail, the Obama administration’s proposed fiscal 2010 budget has quietly killed the nation’s backup navigation system.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report last week warning, “It is uncertain whether the Air Force will be able to acquire new satellites in time to maintain current GPS service without interruption. If not, some military operations and some civilian users could be adversely affected.” The report also notes that the current program is about $870 million over budget and the launch of its first satellite has been delayed to November 2009, almost three years late.

This GAO report comes at a bad time for the Obama administration, which cut funding for the nation’s only backup to GPS from its 2010 budget. The LORAN system, which stands for Long-Range Aids to Navigation, is a network of terrestrial transmission stations, equipped with antennas as tall as 900 feet and staffed with Coast Guard personnel.

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4 Comments

Does this mean you’re a Republican?

Comment by humboldturtle

Better raise taxes to pay for this one, right Cap?

Comment by Anonymous

Lets see here, by a government report, the Air Force is unable to launch enough GPS satellites in order to maintain current accuracy, and they are over budget. Yet it is ok to remove a redundant navigation system?

Comment by capdiamont

Let’s raise taxes and do it

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