Second Follow-Up Letter to the NSF Director and Leadership (24 February 2023)

In this third letter to the NSF Director and Leadership we are expressing three critical and immediate concerns, emphasizing the potentially greatly diminished U.S. leadership without the lease or acquisition of a new globally-ranging riserless U.S. drilling vessel and without continued funding of the JOIDES Resolution through 2028, the loss of mission-critical oceanographic research infrastructure if the U.S. retreats from this global research endeavor, and significant national security concerns for the United States if this happens.