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A Russian GPS Using U.S. Soil Stirs Spy Fears

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/17/world/europe/a-russian-gps-using-us-soil-stirs-spy-fears.html?_r=0


C.I.A. and other American spy agencies, as well as the Pentagon, suspect that the monitor stations would
give the Russians a foothold on American territory that would sharpen the accuracy of Moscow’s satellite-steered
weapons. The stations, they believe, could also give the Russians an opening to snoop on the United States within its borders.

The squabble is serious enough that administration officials have delayed a final decision until the Russians
provide more information and until the American agencies sort out their differences, State Department and White House officials said.

Russia’s efforts have also stirred concerns on Capitol Hill, where members of the intelligence and armed services
committees view Moscow’s global positioning network — known as Glonass, for Global Navigation Satellite System —
with deep suspicion and are demanding answers from the administration.

“I would like to understand why the United States would be interested in enabling a GPS competitor, like Russian Glonass,
when the world’s reliance on GPS is a clear advantage to the United States on multiple levels,” said Representative
Mike D. Rogers, Republican of Alabama, the chairman of a House Armed Services subcommittee.

Mr. Rogers last week asked the Pentagon to provide an assessment of the proposal’s impact on national security.
The request was made in a letter sent to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Secretary of State John Kerry and the director of national intelligence, James R. Clapper Jr.

The monitor stations have been a high priority of Mr. Putin for several years as a means to improve Glonass not
only to benefit the Russian military and civilian sectors but also to compete globally with GPS.

Earlier this year, Russia positioned a station in Brazil, and agreements with Spain, Indonesia and Australia are
expected soon, according to Russian news reports. The United States has stations around the world, but none in Russia.
 
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