PNT Modernization

Why PNT Modernization Was Established

  • To create a proving ground for emerging PNT technologies - conducts market research identifying potential solutions fulfilling PNT capability gaps and address emerging threats
    • Leverages the investments of S&T and Industry
    • Uses consistent, proven processes
    • Discovers best-of-breed modular solutions via assessment and prototyping
  • To identify incremental and disruptive PNT capabilities and utilize modular open system approaches while eliminating redundant, disparate development efforts for mounted and dismounted systems to drive down costs and outpace the threat
  • To reduce schedule risk by providing developed materiel solutions ready for integration and fielding for MAPS and DAPS

The PNT Modernization Process

Accelerates discovery, development, and integration of incremental & disruptive advanced PNT capabilities for Ground Forces


Aspects of the Process

  • Uses a learning plan as the foundation of the effort to constantly incorporate information into the process, requirements and capabilities
  • Leverages Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) from government and academia to assess emerging capabilities
  • Includes capability discovery & assessments, advanced capability development, prototyping, testing, and demonstration
  • Assesses compliance with the Government-owned PNT Reference Architecture (RA), pntOS, and/or the Command, Control, Communication, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) / Electronic Warfare (EW) Modular Open Suite of Standards (CMOSS)
  • Demonstrates military utility and eliminates transition of immature technologies to product developers reducing cost
  • growth, schedule delays, and performance shortfalls
  • Seeks out and accelerates maturation of technologies promoting a layered set of Assured PNT capabilities to be integrated into Mounted and Dismounted maneuver systems

Other Efforts

Altnav Enterprise Buildout and User Equipment

ALTNAV is a complementary APNT solution for when GPS is degraded or denied.


  1. Space Segment
  2. Ground Control Segment
  3. User Equipment Segment

CMOSS PNT Minimum Viable Product (MVP)

A practical application of standards as a strategic capability, CMOSS is a suite of layered standards that are individually useful and can be combined to form a holistic converged architecture. CMOSS Mounted Form Factor (CMFF) (the CMOSS chassis) facilitates modular and scalable architecture enabling fusion of communication waveform, electronic warfare (EW), PNT, data storage, local computing infrastructure, and sensor capabilities (e.g., cards/modules) minimizing the need of additional cabling or mounts.