"Space-weather events are naturally occurring phenomena that have the potential to disrupt electric power systems; satellite, aircraft, and spacecraft operations; telecommunications; position, navigation, and timing services; and other technologies and infrastructures that contribute to the Nation's security and economic vitality. These critical infrastructures make up a diverse, complex, interdependent system of systems in which a failure of one could cascade to another. Given the importance of reliable electric power and space-based assets, it is essential that the United States has the ability to protect, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the potentially devastating effects of space weather. The 'National Space Weather Strategy' (Strategy), released concurrently with this 'National Space Weather Action Plan' (Action Plan), details national goals for leveraging existing policies and ongoing research and development efforts regarding space weather while promoting enhanced domestic and international coordination and cooperation across public and private sectors. The implementation of the Strategy will require the action of a nationwide network of governments, agencies, emergency managers, academia, the media, the insurance industry, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector. Strong public-private partnerships must be established to enhance observing networks, conduct research, develop prediction models, and supply the services necessary to protect life and property and to promote economic prosperity. These partnerships will form the backbone of a space-weather-ready Nation. This Action Plan details the activities, outcomes, and timelines that will be undertaken by Federal departments and agencies for the Nation to make progress toward the Strategy's goals."
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