The GPS system should be privatized. The only reason the Air Force is running it is that they won the turf battle to do so back in the seventies over the Navy and NASA. It'd be good time to privatize it. We can, of course, maintain the required security for the military while doing so.
I don't know, Cam. The GAO is generally about as neutral an observer of the government landscape as one can expect to find from within the government itself. I think that the lameness on the upgrading of GPS is an issue separate unto itself from Loran. Personally, I lament the loss of radio direction beacons and the receivers for them, and so I now find myself defending a system that I largely despised during my years at sea, Loran. For the trivial sum being discussed it is, in my opinion, a no-brainer to upgrade that existing system. While I may not much care for it, or electronic navigation in general, it is always the case that redundancy is the prudent course. If not from my standpoint, certainly from the government's standpoint, having both systems running makes a good deal of sense.
One does more than imagine that were say, Verizon or Sprint operating such a system we'd not be reading such stories. Were it FedEx running them, Cam's mule, fishing boat, and cultivator would all be equipped for accurate navigation.
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