(See D. Walsh, p. 86, July 2013 Proceedings)
Rear Admiral Richard D. West, U.S. Navy (Retired), and Dr. Scott C. Truver—Dr. Walsh was spot-on in his discussion of the value of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) program to the nation. As he notes, “Coordination of national ocean research programs is not an easy thing. There are the traditional competitions between organizations, large and small, for limited funding. There are a great number of people who are stakeholders, and many dislike change. However, avoidance of duplication and waste is paramount to ensure that existing funding is used as efficiently as possible.” And therein lies the rub—and IOOS’ challenge.