U.S. Air Force, Army, and Navy weather specialists are using
enabling technologies like supercomputers to make detailed weather
forecasts anywhere in the world to support deployed warfighters.
BY J.R. Wilson
The most powerful weapon of war,
weather, has raised and toppled
empires, destroyed invasion fleets,
crushed armies, and changed world
history, yet it neither was created
nor controlled by generals, admi-
rals, or governments.
There have been many failed
attempts at weather modification —
something China reportedly
continues to pursue — but the best
any military ever has been able to
do, with limited success, is pre-
dict how weather will influence
Weather affects all types of military operations, but the specific
needs of the U.S. Army, Navy, and
Air Force differ substantially. While
the Navy and Air Force have a growing need for accurate long-range
global strategic weather forecasting — albeit emphasizing different domains of war — the Army
is focused on accurate, real-time
regional tactical weather forecasting.
As a result, the three have developed separate and independent
technologies and strategies, even as
they share common elements.
Members of Air Force Special
Operations weather teams
participate in a training
scenario on a CH-47