I'd love to have been a fly on the wall at Coast Guard when they decided to turn off LORAN-C and that DHS decided we need no backup to GPS.

Article #1: http://yro.slashdot.org/story/10/01/...o-Kill-LORAN-C

"LORAN (Long Range Aids to Navigation) is an electronic navigation system using low-frequency radio, used by many boaters (including me) before GPS. It has an approximately 200m accuracy and is a functional replacement in case GPS fails or the US implements selective availability in time of war. The US Coast Guard, part of the Department of Homeland Security, intends to turn it off starting February 8."

"Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security has certified that the Loran-C system infrastructure is not needed as a backup to the GPS system or to meet any other federal navigation requirement."

Article #2:

"Star Wars are back in fashion. With perennial (and nuclear armed) foe Pakistan always teetering on the brink of political collapse and neighboring regional superpower China taking greater strides into space technology, India has announced that it is developing an exo-atmospheric 'kill vehicle' that will knock enemy satellites out of orbit."

Article #3: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,...est=latestnews

"Mismanagement and underinvestment by the U.S. Air Force could possibly lead to the failure and blackout of the Global Positioning System (GPS), a federal watchdog agency says. The risk of failure starts in 2010, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) report quoted by PC World. The failure would impact not only military operations, but also the millions of people and businesses who rely on the satellite-based navigation systems built into cars, boats and cell phones."

Everyone and their brother is creating anti-sat weapons, GPS is having a mid-life crisis, and Coast Guard decides to pull the plug on a maritime navigation aid. Is this another disaster in the making, or is reliance on one technology the right thing to do in these times of shrinking budgets? Is there any real alternatives incase GPS suffers a failure or attack?

Smart readers can guess my opinion!