Charter for the Centralized Direction, Management, Operation, and Technical Support of the Nuclear Command, Control, and Communication System [open pdf - 56KB]
The purpose of this document is to define the functions and responsibilities of the Nuclear C3 System Engineer, Joint Staff, combatant commands, Services, and Defense agencies, for the centralized direction, management, operation, and technical support of the Nuclear C3 System. This instruction is fully compliant with national guidance for nuclear C2 as promulgated through National Security Decision Directives. "The Nuclear C3 System is composed of C3 assets that provide connectivity from the National Command Authorities (NCA) through the National Military Command System (NMCS) to nuclear execution forces integral to fighting a 'homeland-to-homeland,' as well as theater, nuclear war. The Nuclear C3 System includes the emergency action message (EAM) dissemination systems and those systems used for tactical warning/attack assessment (TW/AA), conferencing, force report back, retargeting, force management, and requests for permission to use nuclear weapons. The strategic portion of the Nuclear C3 System is integral to and ensures performance of critical strategic functions of the Global Command and Control System (GCCS)."