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Old 12-20-2009, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Texas
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The Army over relies on GPS ? Actually , they can't live without it . Example

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The military applications of GPS span many purposes:
  • Navigation: GPS allows soldiers to find objectives in the dark or in unfamiliar territory, and to coordinate the movement of troops and supplies. The GPS-receivers that commanders and soldiers use are respectively called the Commanders Digital Assistant and the Soldier Digital Assistant.[79][80][81][82]
  • Target tracking: Various military weapons systems use GPS to track potential ground and air targets before they are flagged as hostile.[citation needed] These weapon systems pass GPS co-ordinates of targets to precision-guided munitions to allow them to engage the targets accurately. Military aircraft, particularly those used in air-to-ground roles use GPS to find targets (for example, gun camera video from AH-1 Cobras in Iraq show GPS co-ordinates that can be looked up in Google Earth).
  • Missile and projectile guidance: GPS allows accurate targeting of various military weapons including ICBMs, cruise missiles and precision-guided munitions. Artillery projectiles with embedded GPS receivers able to withstand accelerations of 12,000g's or about
    117,600 meters/second2 have been developed for use in 155 mm howitzers.[83]
  • Search and Rescue: Downed pilots can be located faster if they have a GPS receiver.
  • Reconnaissance and Map Creation: The military use GPS extensively to aid mapping and reconnaissance.
  • The GPS satellites also carry a set of nuclear detonation detectors consisting of an optical sensor (Y-sensor), an X-ray sensor, a dosimeter, and an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) sensor (W-sensor) which form a major portion of the United States Nuclear Detonation Detection System.[84][85]

Yes, I know about all that but it's hardly fail safe. Precision munitions are oftentimes anything but that and targets are missed or the wrong targets get taken out.

And, what do they do if the satellites suddenly go "dark?"

Any time the armed forces becomes totally reliant on ANYTHING, even high-tech toys, it becomes a vulnerability which can be exploited by our enemies.
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Old 12-21-2009, 01:08 PM
 
Location: City of Central
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Well , you're the expert . I'm sure the Joint Chief's are interested in your opinion . Obviously they have got it all wrong .
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