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Deirdre Reynolds Jones
Acting Director

Office of Operational Systems
National Weather Service

of the Office (W/OPS)

  • Manages operational systems and provides engineering software management, facilities, communications, and logistical services.

  • It develops policy for implementation, operations, support, and evaluation of operational weather systems.

  • Resource Management Staff

    • Formulates and executes Office operating budget
    • Manages administration of Office operations (e.g. performance plans, training, awards, inventory)

    This office has four divisions to support and manage major field activities. The first division in the office is a headquarters division and the remainder are field level operational centers. These divisions sustain the field logistics & acquisition activities, the upper air program, the AWIPS program change and implementations, NEXRAD management, surface ASOS operational management and upgrade implementations, the management of the NWS marine buoy programs, and the NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards program.

Deirdre Reynolds Jones serves as the Acting Director for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Weather Service. She is responsible for the day-to-day management of NWS operational systems.

Ms. Jones joined the NWS in 1992 at the Radar Operations Center in Norman, OK. She held positions in quality assurance and engineering management. A product of the Department of Commerce Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program, Ms. Jones was appointed Director of the NWS Office of Science and Technology Systems Engineering Center in 2001. She provided leadership and direction for several weather system projects which enhanced the nation's severe weather warnings and forecasts. As Director of the Operations Division, she was responsible for maintenance of all NWS operational weather systems and facilities throughout the US and its territories.

Prior to joining the NWS, Ms. Jones served nine years with Vitro Corporation on the Ground Launched Cruise Missiles (GLCM) program. She improved the integration and test programs for the GLCM Weapons Control System software. In 1987, she moved to Oklahoma with Vitro where she became Chief Engineer for Vitro's Oklahoma City Engineering Office until the office closed in 1990.

Ms. Jones holds a Master of Science in Systems Management from the University of Southern California (USC). She is also a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. She resides in Silver Spring, Maryland with her spouse of 24 years, Bobby Jones.


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Office of Operational Systems (OPS2)
1325 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910
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