Russia’s version of GPS could be doomed in the US

The New York Times reports that Russia’s efforts to expand Glonass, Russia’s version of the widely-used Global Positioning System, could be all but halted in the US due to the nation’s latest defense budget bill. The bill, signed into law on Thursday, would require the US secretary of defense and the director of national intelligence to provide a waiver ensuring that data transfer between the Glonass stations is not encrypted, and certify that they pose no threat to national security, among other requirements. “The idea was to make it next to impossible, if not impossible, to do this,” a House Republican aide told the Times.

As the Times points out, several nations in Asia and the EU have been working to compete with the dominance of…

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