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The Strategic Planning and Policy Office carries out the following activities:

  • Provides support to the Assistant Administrator for Weather Services and Deputy Assistant Administrator through the development and implementation of an integrated approach to NWS policy, strategy, and long-range planning processes;
  • Develops NWS-wide long-range policy objectives and develops and manages the NWS strategic planning process through implementation; and
  • Develops and recommends policy on NWS and private sector roles, activities, and relationships.

Current NWS Strategic Plan

National Weather Service Strategic Plan 2011 -

Building A Weather-Ready Nation

(click here to link to a website where you can learn about our NEW strategic plan)

The Strategic Plan has several prominent objectives. It builds on the NWS capability to save lives and property, looking onward to future challenges and the key goals that will enable us to achieve our vision of a Weather-Ready Nation. We identified six goals that focus on critical weather-dependent issues:

  • Improve weather decision services;
  • Deliver improved weather forecasting services to support management of the Nation's water supply;
  • Support enhanced climate services;
  • Improve sector-relevant information in support of economic productivity;
  • Integrate environmental forecasting services to support healthy communities and ecosystems; and
  • Sustain a highly-skilled, professional workforce equipped with the training, tools, and infrastructure to meet our mission.

An archive of NWS strategic plans, as well as other NOAA line office plans, is available at the following link:

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NWS Strategic Planning and Policy
1325 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3283
Phone: (301) 713-0258; Fax: (301) 713-1239

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Strategic Planning and Policy Office
1325 East West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910
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