THOMAS F. TASCIONE is vice president, Space and Environmental Systems Operations, Sterling Software (1966-present). In this position he is leading an effort to start a commercial space weather forecasting center. He received his Ph.D. in space physics from Rice University (1982). His prior professional experience was with the Department of Defense (1972-1993). As deputy director of the Air Force Weather Service, he served as the focal point on all space weather activities. He co-chaired the interagency committee that initiated and developed the National Space Weather Program (NSWP). He was instrumental in the development of the NSWP Strategic and Implementation Plans. During his Air Force career, Dr. Tascione served as the lead space weather forecaster and architect of the Air Force space weather forecast models program.