Environmental Information for Naval Warfare by National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life

By National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Ocean Studies Board, Committee on Environmental Information for Naval Use

Actual and well timed environmental details promises a tactical virtue to U.S. naval forces in the course of war. This file analyzes the present environmental info approach utilized by the U.S. army and Marine Corps and recommends how one can deal with uncertainty and leverage network-centric working rules to augment the worth of environmental details.

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Currents, tides, storm events, longshore transport of sediment, and other highly dynamic factors currently make planning these types of operations more of an art form than a science. High-resolution, temporal, and spatial data are needed if conditions are to be predicted with high confidence five to seven days in advance. Even then the chaotic nature of certain processes operating in these areas may limit both the precision and accuracy of five- to seven-day advance predictions for some parameters, regardless of how much data are collected.

Forecasting services are essentially “stovepipe” services, meaning that the asset commander sees the output but has no intermediate data access or visibility into the process. The asset commander requests a product and receives it. Furthermore, there is presently no provision for customer interaction and feedback during the numerical process or to benchmark current performance of model output forecast products and tactical decision aids or other enhanced warfighting products. S. Navy METOC Strategic Plan implemented by N096 (The Department of the Navy, 1999) lists four mission objectives: 1.

Specific ocean processes or general area of uncertainty). Finally, based on its analysis and the recommendations described above, the committee will prioritize the proposed improvements by identifying which actions are the most needed and achievable, which are most likely to make a needed impact on timeliness of analysis, and which are most readily exploitable given planned and available data collection opportunities. INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW 33 state of METOC information and its sources and limitations.

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