Inspector General Report on NOAA Weather Satellites, Hearing Before the Committee on Science, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, Second Session May 11, 2006 [open pdf - 6MB]
From the opening statement of committee chairman, Sherwood L. Boehlert, "No doubt we will have some disputes at today's hearing, but I think that there are two points with which everyone on this dais and both of our witnesses can agree. The first point is that it is absolutely vital that the NPOESS program succeed. NPOESS will provide our 'eyes in the sky' for both civilian and military weather forecasting, and we cannot afford to be stumbling around blind. A degraded satellite system will cost lives, whether those lives are the lives of civilians who do not get the best information about approaching storms, or military personnel who lack information on weather patterns that could affect the success of their operations. And the second point is that the NPOESS program is not succeeding right now." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Sherwood L. Boehlert, Bart Gordon, Vernon J. Ehlers, David Wu, Jerry F. Costello, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Sheila Johnson Lee, Johnnie E. Frazier and Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr.
Serial No. 109-49
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