NextGen, the FAA’s strategy to modernize the U.S. air traffic control (ATC) system, refers to a portfolio of programs that eventually will cost the government $20 billion, but it can be difficult to comprehend. One way to grasp NextGen is to visit Harris Corp. in Melbourne, Florida. The company leads five of seven NextGen core programs: Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), Data Communications (DataComm), Common Support Services-Weather (CSS-Wx), National Airspace System ...

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