HAVE DE GRACE, Md. – Mr. Kevin M. Coggins, Program Manager to the Direct Reporting Program Manager Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PM PNT) spoke at the Industrial Representatives Association (IRA) meeting held on February 17, 2016.
The IRA hosted a luncheon event for its members to learn about PM PNT’s current Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) activities and future program requirements. Mr. Coggins discussed current changes being made to PNT standards and architectures and the new technologies PM PNT is developing to better share information across platforms and networks.
“We’re going to share information that helps PNT devices in a common way,” Coggins said.
Presenting at the luncheon provided Mr. Coggins the opportunity to address PM PNT’s efforts to close security gaps, simplify PNT technologies, and provide valid and secure PNT information to the Soldier.
Specifically, Mr. Coggins discussed the Assured PNT (A-PNT) program and its subprogram requirements.
“The products we deliver have to be something that the Soldier will want to carry. It has to be power efficient. New PNT technologies will need to go on current Army platforms and function within the existing space. They have to fly in the air and be on the ground. Most importantly, we need to develop these solutions quickly.”
The A-PNT program is focused on providing a resilient PNT capability – meaning access to PNT data that the Soldier can trust in contested environments. The A-PNT solution will increase Soldier protection and signal acquisition and improve situational awareness through highly accurate and continuously available PNT data.
“The operational requirement for Assured PNT does not say ‘you must have GPS.’ It says ‘you must provide PNT information that is trusted, accurate enough for the application, and can be accessed even when the adversary is attacking electronically.” Coggins said. “These requirements are important for the Soldier in the field and implementing them is the smart thing for the Army to do.”
PM PNT leads the Army in developing and integrating PNT technology, collaborating with other Department of Defense Services to deliver interoperable, reliable products. All products provide real-time secure PNT services for a variety of combat and combat support field missions including precision fires, situational awareness, command and control, and timing and network synchronization. These capabilities provide the Soldier with the ability to access accurate and trusted time and position information – a critical enabler for almost all Army warfighting functions and systems.