The National Space Weather Strategy

Monday, February 15, 2016: 9:00 AM-10:30 AM
Wilson A (Marriott Wardman Park)
William Murtagh, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Washington, DC
Space weather refers to variations in the space environment between the sun and Earth (and throughout the solar system) that can affect technologies in space and on Earth. Space weather can disrupt the technology that forms the backbone of this country’s economic vitality and national security, including satellite and airline operations, communications networks, navigation systems, and the electric power grid. As the Nation becomes ever more dependent on these technologies, space weather poses an increasing risk to infrastructure, the economy and the security of the Nation.

In November 2014, as Chair of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), Dr. John Holdren chartered the interagency Space Weather Operations, Research, and Mitigation Task Force. The Task Force developed a National Space Weather Strategy that articulates high-level strategic goals for enhancing our Nation’s preparedness for a severe space weather event. In addition, a Space Weather Action Plan was developed that establishes a process to implement the National Strategy. The Strategy and Action Plan aim to reduce risks associated with natural hazards and improve the resilience of essential facilities and systems. The approach relies on a collaborative environment in which government, industry, and the American people work together to better understand and prepare for the effects of space weather.