ATMOSPHERIC AND SPACE ENVIRONMENTAL SUPPORT
1.1. Information on the state of the atmosphere and space environment is an essential element of Air Force planning and operations. Commanders must integrate the impacts of the atmosphere and space environment into strategy, tactics, operations, and systems. This directive governs activities and strategies to provide uninterrupted atmospheric and space environmental observations, forecasts, advisories, warnings, and special services to support national security operations. The full spectrum of "atmospheric and space environmental" products and services taken together are termed "weather" support.
1.2. The Air Force will provide timely, accurate, and meaningful weather support to the US Air Force, US Army, their Reserve and National Guard agencies, national programs, and other military and Government agencies, as required.
1.3. This directive establishes the following responsibilities and authorities:
1.3.1. The Office of the Secretary of the Air Force and the Air Staff are responsible for policy and resource advocacy and allocation for weather support provided by the Air Force.
1.3.2. The Director of Weather, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Plans and Operations, Headquarters United States Air Force (HQ USAF/XOW) is responsible for planning, programming, and budgeting for weather support; publication of weather support policy and standardized procedures; functional management of the weather career field; and assessment of the technical performance and effectiveness of Air Force weather support.
1.3.3. The Air Weather Service (AWS), a field operating agency (FOA), is responsible for preparing Air Force instructions to implement weather support policy applicable to all Air Force weather support activities, preparing real-time worldwide atmospheric and space environmental analyses, and forecast products, preparing tailored climatological studies and analyses, managing standard Air Force weather systems, consolidating and analyzing technical performance and effectiveness indicators of Air Force weather support activities, and providing technical assistance to field units.
1.3.4. Air Force major commands (MAJCOM) and FOAs are responsible for establishing standard procedures that implement Air Force policy, for monitoring the readiness of weather forces to support wartime and contingency commitments, for evaluating the technical performance and effectiveness of weather support, and arranging for technical assistance for field units.
1.3.5. Commanders, at all levels, are responsible for implementing effective weather support procedures that comply with Air Force polices; organizing, training, and equipping weather forces; and ensuring weather support meets quality standards.
1.4. This directive implements national policies documented in War Department Circular No.138, Army - Air Force Agreements: Initial Implementation of the National Security Act of 1947; Office of Management and Budget Memorandum, Coordination of Federal Meteorological Services; Joint Committee for Space Environmental Forecasting memorandums; and Public Law 92-205, December 18, 1971.
1.5. See attachment 1 for measures used to assess compliance with this policy.
1.6. This policy is further detailed in the interfacing documents in attachment 2.
A1.1.1. RCS: HAF-XOW (M) 9202, Weather Support Evaluation Report. By the 15th of each month, units will submit the preceding month's weather support operational effectiveness data and technical performance data (AF Form 3810, Weather Warning and Weather Advisory Data), if applicable, to their MAJCOM, FOA, or DRU headquarters. Quarterly, MAJCOMs, FOAs, and DRUs will consolidate the information and submit it to Headquarters AWS by the 25th of March, June, September, and December. Quarterly, Headquarters AWS will analyze the information and provide weather support technical performance and operational effectiveness information to the MAJCOMs, FOAs, and DRUs for distribution. Semiannually, Headquarters AWS will submit a consolidated report to HQ USAF/XOW describing weather support operational effectiveness (figure A1.1) and technical performance. This report has been designated emergency status code C-2. Continue normal reporting during emergency conditions. Refer to AFI 15-114, Weather Support Evaluation, for specific definitions and procedures.
Figure A1.1. Sample Metric of Weather Support Effectiveness.
AFI 15-103 Meteorological Support for the AFR 105-3
AFI 15-107 Weather Modification AFR 105-7
AFI 15-109 Providing Meteorological Support AFR 105-9
to Nonmilitary Agencies and Foreign
Governments or Individuals
AFMAN 15-111 Surface Aviation Observations:
Volume 1 US Airways Code AFP 105-11
Volume 2 Meteorological Aviation Report (METAR) AFP 105-11
AFMAN 15-112 Upper Air Observations AFP 105-12
AFMAN 15-113 Weather Radar Observations AFP 105-13
AFI 15-114 Weather Support Evaluation AFR 105-14
AFI 15-118 Requesting Specialized Weather Support AFP 105-18
AFMAN 15-124 Meteorological Codes AFP 105-24
AFMAN 15-162 Space Environmental Support AFP 105-62