February 2011 Meeting Summary

Col. Bernie J. Gruber of the GPS Directorate spoke to the Southern California Section of the ION on February 22, 2011 on the status and future plans for the GPS system. His talk was followed by a lively question and answer session. Attendance was 42. A brief bio of Col. Gruber follows, and the slides used during the meeting are attached.

Capsule Biography of Col Bernie J. Gruber:
Colonel Bernie J. Gruber is Commander of the GPS Directorate (formerly known as the Global Positioning Systems (GPS) Wing, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California. He is responsible for a multiservice, multinational systems organization which conducts development, acquisition, fielding and sustainment of all GPS space segment, satellite command and control (ground) and military user equipment. The $32B GPS program, with a $1B annual budget, maintains the largest satellite constellation and the largest avionics integration and installation program in the Department of Defense.

Colonel Gruber earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from North Dakota State University and was commissioned in 1986. He is a graduate of Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, Air War College, Defense Systems Management College and the Joint Forces Staff College; he has commanded at the Squadron and Group levels. He is a member of the Acquisition Corps, a certified Joint Specialty Officer and National Defense Fellow alumnus. Colonel Gruber has distinguished himself in a variety of leadership positions within the operations, intelligence, launch, engineering, and acquisition disciplines, and has served in key positions at Major Command, Air Staff, Joint Staff and Defense Agency levels. Prior to assuming his current position, Colonel Gruber was Chief, Space Superiority and Global Integrated Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Division, Directorate of Programs, Deputy Chief of Staff, Strategic Plans and Programs, Headquarters, United States Air Force, Washington, D.C.

Slides: Status and future plans for the GPS system