The US President, Donald Trump responds to a question from a reporter after a signing ceremony for their Support of Veterans in STEM Careers to Act, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, d.c., U.S., on February 11, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order directing U.S. agencies to test the vulnerabilities of critical infrastructure systems in the event of any interruption or manipulation of the satellite-based global positioning system services (GPS).
The GPS is the key to the operation of energy supply systems, weather forecast, traffic lights, mobile applications, financial services, and a car, among many others.
The order, directing the federal agencies to develop a plan to test the infrastructure and systems within a year, he said: “the disruption or manipulation of these services has the potential to have a negative impact on the national and economic security of the United States of america.”
The congress has raised concerns about the GPS systems, and satellite communications have in the past. A group of US lawmakers wrote a letter to the Trumpet, and administration in May of 2019 at the latest, say the GPS signal was “exceptionally weak, and easily interfered with.”
The U.S. government has been working since 2004 on the acquisition of a terrestrial back-up system for GPS, and over the past few years, Congress is required, and the Trumpet of the administration for the implementation of a pilot program.
The U.S. Transportation Department is planning a back-up of the GPS system by the end of the year, officials said. The testing of the 11 technologies in Massachusetts and Virginia, and will be completed by May.
The Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has estimated in their study that, “the hypothesis of a disruption of the global positioning system, could result in a $30 billion to $45 billion of economic losses over a period of 30 days.
Below He’s, the us Department of Commerce, is an independent source of precision time is available for a period of 180 days, in both the public and private sectors in order to assist critical infrastructure owners and operators.
The service will provide a reliable source of time, regardless of the DEVICE. In the later time, the source is available from a commercial fiber-optic cable, the commercial networks, and is more accurate than the current internet time with a factor of 1000, the Commerce Department said.
Report by David Shepardson; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Tom Brown