National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Civil Assets for Department of Defense Use

by James J. Milanese, Katherine M. Poehlmann

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This Note describes the civil satellite and ground station assets owned by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and documents the existing relationship between NOAA and the Department of Defense (DoD) as a basis for DoD use of these assets during times of declared national emergency. NOAA is legally required to coordinate its programs with the DoD and provide peacetime assistance in planning for DoD's wartime duties. The authors discuss deficiencies in this relationship and make recommendations for improvements.

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