The Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command's mission is to collect, interpret and apply global data and information for safety at sea, strategic and tactical warfare, and weapons system design, development and deployment. The command provides meteorological, oceanographic, and geospatial information and services to increase the effectiveness of our Navy in both peacetime and in war.
Recent hostilities indicate that warfare of the future will involve increased interaction between the armed services and with our allies. The Navy and Marine Corps team is preparing for this outlook through combined exercises and missions with the Army, the Air Force, and with our allied counterparts -- a concept known as joint operations.
Whether the operation is an amphibious landing in the Western Pacific, a humanitarian mission in Europe or Africa, or a research study in the High Arctic. Whether the product is a prediction of surf conditions, a flight weather brief, or an ice forecast. Sharing of knowledge, techniques, and equipment increases accessibility of environmental information and, ultimately, enhances the potential for success and safety of all United States warfighters.
Traditionally, naval operations call to mind images of the "high seas." Historically, however, much of our nation's naval power -- especially in its formative years -- was exerted on or near shore. The American Revolution. The Barbary Wars. The War of 1812. The Civil War. The Spanish-American War. Each conflict was fought largely in what geographers refer to as the littoral, the area extending from coastal waters inland along the shore.
As the world emerges from the Cold War, an era dominated by deep ocean operations and a Soviet threat, tactical attention once more focuses on the littoral. Threats to our national security now appear in a regional rather than global context. To succeed in this new world order, naval forces must project power and pressure off many diverse foreign coasts -- and far inland as well. Therein lies the challenge. For no region is more environmentally complex, no area more variable than the littoral.
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Mailing AddressNaval Meteorology and Oceanography Command
1100 Balch Blvd
Stennis Space Center, MS 39529-5005
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