819 Operational Model Transition Process at FNMOC

Wednesday, 26 January 2011
Charles E. Skupniewicz, FNMOC, Monterey, CA; and M. S. Swenson

Handout (1.5 MB)

Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center (FNMOC), under the direction of the Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (CNMOC), has the mission to collect, interpret, and apply global atmospheric and oceanographic data and information in support of strategic and tactical warfare and peace-keeping initiatives. Located in Monterey, California, FNMOC provides around-the-clock operational meteorological and oceanographic support to the US Navy, other US Government agencies, and elements of the armed forces of allied nations. This support is provided mainly by global and regional numerical models, satellite imagery products, and other meteorological and oceanographic products and services.

Ongoing improvement of the models by the research community, combined with rapid changes in military operations and DOD information assurance policies, demand a streamlined transition process under a strict configuration management system. This paper will detail FNMOC's operational model transition process, including: validation of new modeling components, integration into the software configuration management process on operational systems, and operational testing and deployment. Oversight and governance of the transition process will also be discussed.

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