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DOD - 34547 - U.S. Nuclear Command and Control System Comprehensive Review Committee - Agency Authority


Committee NameU.S. Nuclear Command and Control System Comprehensive Review CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of Defense
Fiscal Year2010Committee Number34547
Original Establishment Date Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date2/10/2010Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*6
Current Charter Date2/11/2008Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter2/11/2010Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date2/10/2010Designated Federal Officer First Name*William
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Jones
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Director of Administration and Management Memorandum, January 17, 2008Designated Federal Officer Phone*(703) 681-1924
Effective Date Of Authority*1/17/2008Designated Federal Officer Fax*(703) 681-8698
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Ad hoc
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation Status 
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Committee, considering the impact advanced technology, current and emerging threats, and evolving vulnerabilities have on the Nuclear Command and Control System, shall: (1) Examine the full range of NCCS policies, procedures, responsibilities, functions, capabilities, management and oversight necessary to: (a) Meet national and department/agency policy and guidance; and (b) Maintain the highest standards required for planning, directing, and controlling nuclear weapons, weapons systems, and associated operations; and (2) Recommend changes to NCCS policies, responsibilities, functions, capabilities, management structures, and oversight mechanisms, as well as identifying other enhancements to NCCS elements (facilities, equipment, personnel, communications and procedures).The Committee’s review shall not address nuclear force size and structure, deterrence strategy, and arms control/threat reduction analyses.
How is membership balanced?*The Committee shall be composed of a chairperson and no more than five distinguished members, whose diverse expertise and background enable them to provide recommendations for improving the National Command and Control System to the NCCS Executive Agent. The Committee members shall be appointed by the Secretary of Defense for the duration of the Committee, and their appointments will be renewed on an annual basis. Those members, who are not full-time Federal officers or employees, shall serve as Special Government Employees under the authority of 5 U.S.C. § 3109. Committee members, with the exception of travel and per diem for official travel, shall serve without compensation. The Secretary of Defense shall select the Committee’s Chairperson.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Committee shall meet at the call of the Committee’s Designated Federal Officer, in consultation with the Committee’s Chairperson. The estimated number of Committee meetings is 20 per year.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*Since the 2003 promulgation of NSPD-28, United States Nuclear Weapons Command and Control, Safety and Security, there has been no inter-departmental, comprehensive review of nuclear command and control responsibilities, capabilities, and management and oversight mechanisms. In the interim, significant policy and guidance changes, emerging threats and vulnerabilities, restructuring of NCCS Departments and Agencies, and technological opportunities and challenges have occurred.These factors affect the ability of the eight federal departments and agencies comprising the NCCS to maintain an appropriate balance between assuring the authorized use of nuclear weapons while assuring against their unauthorized or inadvertent use and to provide effective crisis support to the President.In response to this situation, the Secretary of Defense, in his role as the NCCS Executive Agent, approved the 2006 NSS Annual Report. This report contained a commitment, supported by all NCCS federal departments and agencies, to conduct a comprehensive, independent review of the NCCS. The Deputy Secretary of Defense, Chairman of the NCCS Committee of Principals (CoP), endorsed such a review at the July 2007 CoP meetings and established a goal of providing the incoming administration a report that provides a nuclear action plan for their future efforts.
Why close or partially close meetings?Meetings are not closed to the public unless the Department of Defense determines that items on the planned agenda meet the closed meeting provisions of 5 U.S.C. § 552b(c). Pursuant to DoD policy closed meetings can only be authorized by the DoD Sponsor (i.e., the Director of the U.S. Nuclear Command and Control System Support Staff), and only after consultation with the Office of the Department of Defense General Counsel.
Recommendation RemarksThe Committee has concluded it work; its report, which is classified Top Secret, has been forwarded to the Secretary of Defense and the National Command Authority.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentThe Secretary of Defense and the National Command Authority have yet to decide on what recommendations to adopt, partially adopt or reject.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentN/ANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentThe Committee's recommended improvements to the Nuclear Command and Control System are classified. As such, we are unable to articulate the savings in this forum.Grants Review CommentN/A
Number Of Recommendations*0Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe last time a FAC looked into the NCCS, the FAC made 10 priority recommendations and a total of 40 high-level recommendations. We expect this effort will produce a similar number.Access Agency WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe Secretary of Defense and the National Command Authority have yet to decide on what recommendations to adopt, partially adopt or reject.Access GSA FACA WebsiteNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentThe Secretary of Defense and the National Command Authority have yet to decide on what recommendations to adopt, partially adopt or reject.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*NoAccess CommentQuestions concerning the committee should be addressed to the DFO or the Committee Management Officer for the Department of Defense
Agency Feedback Comment*The committee will be disestablished by the time the Department of Defense and the National Command Authority decide on the committee's recommendations.Narrative Description*The Committee will make recommendations to improve the U.S. Nuclear Command and Control System.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$1,500,000.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$30,000.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$10,000.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$125,000.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$2,500.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$1,667,500.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*20.00Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
Cost RemarksEst Cost Remarks
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-009816U.S. Nuclear Command and Control System Comprehensive Review Committee2009
 COM-011221U.S. Nuclear Command and Control System Comprehensive Review Committee2008