programs, with the intent of informing the concurrent FACA Blue Ribbon Panel that will examine and have a central focus on logistical operations in Antarctica.
In carrying out its work, the committee is expected to draw on existing reports, results of national and international workshops, strategic plans of involved federal agencies, recommendations of professional scientific societies and other organizations, and any other sources it might find useful. The committee is not expected to set priorities among scientific research areas, nor is the committee to discuss budgetary issues. The primary goals are to identify important future research directions in the Antarctic and to inform the companion review looking at logistical planning and operations. Together these two studies are intended to help ensure that logistical operations are capable of supporting important forefront scientific research in Antarctica over the coming decades.