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Appendix A STATEMENT OF TASK The study committee will evaluate the planning to date related to continued development of multifunction phased array radar (MPAR). The committee will consider the report Federal Research and Development Needs and Priorities for Phased Array Radar issue in June 2006 by a Joint Action Group (JAG) of the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorology (OFCM); information from an MPAR Symposium to be hosted in part by the OFCM in October 2007; and other information about the MPAR planning process. Examples of the issues to be addressed include: â¢ Has the planning process to date been comprehensive and inclusive? â¢ Does the JAG report identify the full range of benefits, costs, challenges, and potential participants (weather information as well as information useful to other purposes such as observations of dust, smoke, hazardous dispersions, aircraft surveillance)? â¢ Are the cost estimates provided to date realistic? Do they represent the best available information? Are there any potential life-cycle benefits or costs that are not considered? â¢ Are there are any significant gaps or errors in the initial planning? â¢ Have appropriate areas of uncertainty been identified and follow-on risk assessments conducted? â¢ Based on the information available, should the MPAR planning process go forward and, if so, what improvements might be recommended? The committee will prepare a concise report of its evaluation of the MPAR planning process to date, as evidenced through briefings, the JAG report, the MPAR October 2007 symposium, and other information, and will include guidance on future directions. 72