White House Addresses the Space Weather Threat

Jason Samenow wrote an article for the Washington Post, 29 October 2015, titled, The devastating potential of an extreme solar storm and what the White House is doing about it.

 

A mid-level flare, an M6.5, erupted from the sun on April 2, 2014, peaking at 10:05 a.m. EDT. This video from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows the flare in a blend of two wavelengths of extreme ultraviolet light: 171 Angstroms and 304 Angstroms, colorized in yellow and red, respectively.

 

The article stated:

The White House, realizing that an extreme solar storm could jeopardize the nation’s vitality and security, released a strategy and multi-agency plan on Thursday to prepare for and coordinate responses to the space weather threat.

The article interviewed Bill Murtagh, assistant director for space weather at White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), whom I interviewed in April 2016.

"We have to understand how big these storms can be," Murtagh said. "We have to define those numbers and present them to industry and those trying to protect assets so they know what to protect against."

The article also offered three White House documents related to an action plan:

National Space Weather Strategy

Space Weather Action Plan

OSTP Fact Sheet: New Actions to Enhance National Space-Weather Preparedness

Benjamin Dancer

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