2011 Hays Award

Presented to: Captain Paul M. Novak

Citation: For outstanding encouragement, inspiration, and support contributing to the advancement of navigation systems in military platforms and on the GPS space, control, and user segment programs.


As the Navy's navigation systems program manager from 1996-2000,Captain Paul M. Novak was responsible for acquisition programs that integrated GPS into Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard aircraft, ships and submarines. Through his leadership and inspiration his teams enabled the Navy to perform missions better, cheaper, faster, and safer during conflicts, contingency, and humanitarian operations.

Captain Novak created and executed the plan to equip hundreds of Naval passenger carrying aircraft with GPS for improved safety following the 1996 death of Commerce Secretary Ron Brown in a USAF transport aircraft. He led the GPS Inertial Navigation Assembly (GINA) program that developed the first military GPS receiver embedded in a ring laser gyro and 140 Navy aircraft were equipped with GINA starting in 1997. He managed the development of a prototype sensor capable of targeting faint sources of GPS interference that was successfully flown on a Navy F/A-18. He directed the MH-53E helicopter GPS integration, which was the DoD's first aircraft certified to fly in controlled airspace with a military GPS receiver as the primary means of navigation - including GPS non-precision approaches.

Captain Novak led the shipboard Navigation Sensor System Integration (NAVSSI) sensor fusion program installed on hundreds of Navy aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers, and amphibious assault ships. NAVSSI provided precise military GPS positioning, navigation, and timing information for combat systems and digital nautical charts that brought the Navy into the era of paperless navigation. He laid the foundation for the technology development and establishment of the Navy's navigation warfare programs that installed GPS anti-jam antennas on hundreds of ships and aircraft.

Following a 26 year Navy career, Paul joined SAIC as a program manager/senior systems engineer where he led teams supporting civil and military customers. He led the FAA's contractor support team that developed the L2 Civil Signal and subsequent integration of L2C on the IIR-M and IIF GPS Space Vehicles. For the Joint Service System Management Office, he provided technical and management expertise for sustainment of military GPS receivers, antennas, and ancillary equipment. For the Department of Homeland Security, he co-authored the "GPS Positioning, Navigation and Timing Interference Detection and Mitigation Plan" approved by the President of the United States in 2007. He currently works on the SE&I team implementing civil signal monitoring requirements for the L1 C/A, L2C, L5, and L1C GPS signals for the GPS Directorate.