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A Statement of Task D uring the 1980s and 1990s, NOAA learned to support future improvements to NWS launched a major program to modernize the capabilities. It should address high-impact weather National Weather Service (NWS), invest- and new science and technologies that allow for even ing $4.5 billion to modernize NWS technologies to better forecasts; the integration of new technologies advance weather forecasting. No complete assess- and better models into NWS operations; workforce ment of the entire end-to-end NWS modernization composition and structure; and improving current enterprise has been done, thus Congress has asked the partnerships with private industry, academia, and other National Academy of Sciences to conduct an assess- governmental agencies. Finally, the project should pro- ment of the now-completed National Weather Service vide advice on how NWS can best plan, deploy, and modernization. The project should not only address oversee these future improvements based on lessons the past modernization, but also focus on lessons learned from the NWS modernization. 63
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