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Course 335: Military GPS Receiver Performance in Jamming, with Mitigations (U.S. Military Only)

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Course 335: Military GPS Receiver Performance in Jamming, with Mitigations (U.S. Military Only)

Instructor: Dr. John Betz, MITRE Fellow Emeritus
This course is offered only as a private group training course | 1.5 CEUs

A Message from the Instructor

Course Description

This two and a half-day course is targeted at military operators, testers, and planners involved in specification, operations, planning, evaluation, testing, and use of military GPS user equipment. Extensive examples that employ simple back of the envelope calculations are used to equip attendees with the tools needed for understanding and assessing various aspects of military user equipment capabilities. Extensive use of practical examples allows attendees to apply the concepts in practice. Note: This course is restricted to employees of U.S. government agencies and their U.S. government contractors.

Prerequisites

  • The course level assumes attendees do not have deep familiarity with satellite-based navigation (satnav) or GPS, or with electrical engineering principles and concepts. Important principles and concepts are conveyed without resorting to deep mathematics or theory. 

Who Should Attend?

  • This course is targeted at military operators, testers, and planners involved in specification, operations, planning, evaluation, testing, and use of military GPS user equipment. Note: This course is restricted to employees of U.S. government agencies and their U.S. government contractors.

Materials You Will Keep

  • A color electronic copy of all course notes provided in advance on a USB drive or CD-ROM
  • Ability to use Adobe Acrobat sticky notes
  • NavtechGPS Glossary of GNSS Acronyms
  • A black and white hard copy of the course notes
  • A book from the list below.

Book Allowance

  • Book allowances are provided for private group contracts. For your allowance, we encourage you to consider the new book by John Betz, Ph.D., Engineering Satellite-Based Navigation & Timing: GNSS, Signals, & Receivers, Betz. Wiley-IEEE Press, 2015.
Course: 335
Remote Course, May 2021

Dr. Betz teaching style is engaging and he encourages class participation versus a monologue. Dr. Betz also makes a point to review previous material before presenting new material so the student has the opportunity to close any gaps on understanding any of the material.

— Military Attendee, Name Withheld Upon Request, US Military
Course: 335
Remote Course, May 2021

My objectives were “to learn more about GPS in general, jamming, receiver’s performance measures like C/No and J/S. Yes, the course met the objectives more than expected.”

— Military Attendee, Name Withheld Upon Request, US Military
Course: 335
Remote Course, May 2021

Quality of all course initiatives were great. Schedule, instructor/attendee interaction, and user friendliness were all great.

— Military Attendee, Name Withheld Upon Request, US Military
Course: 335
Edwards Air Force Base, June 2019

You can tell Dr. Betz is an expert by how he can simplify advanced subjects so he we can understand, especially what goes on inside receivers in presence of jamming.  I would recommend this course to all navigation and weapons engineers. 

— Cole Johnson, Edwards Air Force Base, June 2019
Course: 335
Edwards Air Force Base, June 2019

Dr. Betz provided many realistic examples and was very knowledgeable in the subject matter.  I especially benefited from learning the differences in acquitting C/A P/(Y) and M code GPS, i.e. cold/warm/hot starts  I would recommend this course to any colleague interested in GPS signals.  Awesome course.

— Ward Blais, Edwards Air Force Base, June 2019
Course: 335
Edwards Air Force Base, June 2019

Dr. Betz is an expert who made many complex factors associated with nav testing very understandable. In particular, I got additional ideas on how to plan for user equipment testing and planning regarding jamming/testing.  Excellent course.  Thank you.

— Name withheld upon request, Edwards Air Force Base, June 2019
Course: 335
Edwards Air Force Base, June 2019

The instructor was one of the best instructors of any short course I’ve ever had.  It is hard to narrow down one or two important aspects of the course, but signal strength and how to characterize through space was my biggest objective.  If we’d had more time all of the topics could be expanded by Dr. Betz, as he is incredibly knowledgeable and experienced.

— Military Attendee, Name Withheld Upon Request, Edwards Air Force Base, June 2019
Course: 335
Edwards Air Force Base, June 2019

I’m not an EE so I’m slower than most of the class, but I was able to understand most concepts which is a sign of a good teacher!  I’ll be able to understand how to set up a good jamming text and be able to understand the results and be able to know what are good/bad/can’t believe results.

— Rob Warner, Edwards Air Force Base, June 2019
Course: 335
Holloman AFB, November 2019

I appreciate the style of instruction Dr. Betz brings to the classroom. Very clear and easy to understand, willing to answer any questions and review class concepts or other concepts to establish foundation needed to understand class material. Dr. Betz presented a foundation of what the jamming side of the 746th Test Squadron works with and needs to understand in order to develop tests of devices under different types and conditions of jamming.

— Weston Hacker, Holloman AFB, November 2019
Course: 335
Holloman AFB, November 2019

Dr. Betz was absolutely effective with well organized notes, good use of examples, nice balance between explaining different levels of materials.

— Nathan Ruprecht, Holloman AFB, November 2019
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