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NAVSTAR is a global satellite-based navigation system which the Department of Defense (DOD) plans to implement in the mid-1980's. The system is being designed to provide highly accurate position information anywhere in the world. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is pursuing a program to determine whether NAVSTAR could become the primary civil air navigation system.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Transportation 1. The Secretary of Transportation should direct the Administrator, FAA, to: (1) intensify and redirect certain efforts on the NAVSTAR program; (2) work more closely with DOD in defining unequivocal civil aviation requirements for enroute navigation, area navigation, and separate assurance; (3) redirect some of its technical efforts; and (4) continue to reevaluate the cost of NAVSTAR, as compared to current systems, in light of the potential benefits. Whether the question of the dilution of the accuracy of the NAVSTAR C/A signal is adjudicated by DOD or a higher authority, the Secretary should ensure that careful consideration is given to the many benefits which NAVSTAR could provide to the civil community.
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