METOC Teams Optimize Stealth for Sub-Launched Covert Operations
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Advances in applications of atmospheric modeling and prediction by Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) faculty-student teams may make the difference between success and failure for submarine-launched covert operations in the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT). Over the past two years, NPS Prof. Kenneth Davidson and a team of dedicated students have developed dynamic meteorology and oceanography (METOC) decision aides tailored to GWOT applications. Most importantly,they have honed ways to detect and avoid or exploit critical atmosphere phenomena which can seriously impact radio, infrared and optical signals used by submarines and sub-launched SEAL teams for surveillance, imaging, target designation and route planning. One of the most important of these is a wave guide that traps radio waves called ducting.
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