Today, Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) introduced legislation to prevent Russia from installing Global Positioning System (GPS) monitoring stations on U.S. soil.
Kingston's bill requires approval from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Department of Defense, and the State Department before permitting the construction of these stations. By requiring all three organizations approve the agreement before allowing any construction, we can be better assured our nation's security and intelligence interests are not infringed upon.
An agreement between the U.S. State Department and Roscosmos, Russia's space agency, has been in the works for a number of months. Roscosmos proposed the construction of approximately six structures across the United States to augment their own competing version of a global positioning system, Glonass. The U.S. has no such stations on Russian soil.
"We need to slow this down and have a debate," Kingston said.
The CIA and the Pentagon have raised objections due to concerns this development would result in a strategic advantage for the Russians, enabling them to improve strategic weapons targeting and possibly infiltrate American communications. Kingston, a Senior Member of the Subcommittee on Defense, believes that national security should be considered before a deal is made.
"There are too many red flags not to have the intelligence community sign off on this proposal," said Kingston "It would be foolish to allow this program on our land."