Accession Number : ADA320950

Title :   Liability of the United States Arising Out of The Civilian Use of The Global Positioning System.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Rockwell, Jeffrey A.

PDF Url : ADA320950

Report Date : 24 JAN 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 159

Abstract : As the number of civilian users of the United States Air Force's Navstar Global Positioning System (GPS) continues to increase at such a staggering rate, the government's exposure to potential liability also increases. The purpose of this thesis is to establish a legal framework to apply to GPS-related claims against the United States, primarily against the Air Force as operator of the system. Part I consists of three chapters. Following an introductory chapter, Chapter II describes the system and the general characteristics of GPS. Chapter III outlines the military uses of the system and the increasing and evolving civilian uses. Part II discusses the liability ramifications of providing GPS services for civilian use. Chapter IV provides the statutory bases for the U.S. government's traditional role in regulating civil aviation and maritime navigation. Chapter V analyzes the applicable domestic law under the existing statutes waiving the sovereign immunity of the United States, and Chapter VI looks at liability under international law. Chapter VII then draws some general conclusions as to how the existing law may apply to the government in regulating GPS use and operating the system itself.

Descriptors :   *AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEMS, *GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM, UNITED STATES, AIR FORCE RESEARCH, THESES, CIVIL AVIATION, DOMESTIC, OPERATORS(PERSONNEL), IMMUNITY, INTERNATIONAL LAW.

Subject Categories : Air Navigation and Guidance

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE