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10th Annual GPS Partnership Council to be held May 3, 4

LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The SMC's Global Positioning Systems Directorate and the Los Angeles Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) are pleased to announce the 10th Annual GPS Partnership Council to be held at Los Angeles Air Force Base, May 3-4. This year's theme is "Executing Modernization...Enabling New Paths and Beyond."

During the two day conference, participants will be exposed to a wide-range of government and industry views covering user equipment, space, ground and control, applications and other related programs. The conference offers stakeholders the opportunity to exchange the latest GPS information, view industry exhibits and capabilities, and discuss present and future modernization efforts to enhance the GPS Enterprise.

This past decade has seen the use of GPS exploding beyond simple positioning to becoming a global phenomenon. GPS has become the mainstay of transportation systems worldwide, providing navigation for aviation, ground and maritime operations and is used in countless applications around the world. The continued partnership with industry and GPS stakeholders demonstrates the Air Force commitment to improve military and civil navigation capabilities to ensure GPS remains the world's gold standard for PNT services.

The roadmap of a consistent integrated national plan established by the federal government will be continued by embracing the goals of the National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing strategy. The GPS Directorate continues to look ahead and interact with industry partners to deliver sustained, reliable GPS capabilities to America's warfighters, our allies and civil users around the globe. This is done by maintaining GPS performance today, fielding new capabilities and developing more robust modernized capabilities for the future.

The U.S Air Force and Air Force Space Command have been the diligent stewards of GPS since its conception in the 1970s and continue its commitment to this critical component of National Infrastructure. The current GPS constellation has the most satellites and the greatest capability ever.

For more information about the 2011 GPS Partnership Council or to register, visit www.afcea-la.org.