DOD ceases procuring GPS degradation

The Defense Department will no longer outfit Global Positioning System satellites with the capability to intentionally degrade the accuracy of signals.

Such a capability, known as selective availability, has long been used to degrade signals tapped by civilians.

The United States has not degraded such signals since the year 2000, but by no longer calling for the capability in procurement contracts, the country hopes to put forward the message that the country wants GPS to be used as a worldwide civil utility, a Defense Department statement said.

Current signals will not improve as a result of this action, DOD said.

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