Chief of Naval Operations Instruction 3440.16E: Navy Defense Support of Civil Authorities Program [open pdf - 180KB]
Alternate Title: OPNAV Instruction 3440.16E: Navy Defense Support of Civil Authorities Program
The purpose of this instruction is "to establish policy, planning guidance and operational structure, and assign responsibilities to implement Navy defense support of civil authorities (DSCA) as directed in references (a) through (c). This instruction is a complete revision and should be reviewed in its entirety. [...] Per reference (a), the Nation's domestic incident management landscape encompasses a broad spectrum of threats and hazards, both man-made and natural. Efforts to anticipate, respond to, and recover from these varied threats and hazards evolved over the last half of the 20th century; plans were developed for different jurisdictions, disciplines, contingencies, and phases of incident management. To respond to the emerging threats of the 21st century, the Nation must embrace a unified and coordinated approach to incident management. The Homeland Security Act of 2002, Presidential Policy Directive-8 (PPD-8), National Preparedness, issued in March 2011, and the Homeland Security Presidential Directive-5 (HSPD-5), Management of Domestic Incidents, issued in February 2003, set forth the mission for this new national approach to domestic incident management. Accordingly, the Secretary of Defense has directed the Services to develop plans for conducting DSCA for domestic incidents."
OPNAVINST 3440.16E; OPNAV Instruction 3440.16E