UFS requires a substantial amount of infrastructure software as well as scientific code. This infrastructure performs functions such as processing data inputs and outputs, enabling software components to be exchanged and coupled together, and ensuring that a forecast workflow can be reproduced on different computers. In January 2019, NOAA and NCAR signed a Memorandum of Agreement to create a partnership on infrastructure development. This partnership will leverage and extend community software developed by these research and operational centers together with partner organizations such as NASA, the Department of Defense, and universities. Sharing infrastructure software across the community means that it is easier for researchers to run operational software and for new science to be transferred to operations.