U.S. Space-Based PNT Executive Leadership to Change

A top leadership change is under way at one of the most important U.S. GPS policy and management organizations, the National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) Coordination Office (NCO).

Anthony (Tony) Russo, who has served as NCO director for the past three years — and as deputy director for two years before that, has accepted a new position with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Russo led the office, which supports the Space-Based PNT Executive Committee (ExCom) through some of the GPS community’s most challenging times, including an effort by would-be wireless broadband provider LightSquared to set up shop in an RF band next to GPS and other GNSS services. He helped lead efforts to confront a British military commercialization office’s attempt to patent the signal structure on which next-generation GPS and Galileo civil signals will be based.

Russo’s last day at the NCO will be December 14. Two days later, his successor — Dr. Jan Brecht-Clark — will take up her responsibilities as NCO director.

Brecht-Clark recently completed a 19-month assignment as the transportation counselor with the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. She previously held the position of associate administrator for research, development, and technology at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA).

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