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From: Tim Rinne <walteri...@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, May 4, 2010
"Providing Global Security for America” U.S. Strategic Command Official Slogan
May 2010 - US Strategic Command Organization Chart:
(This StratCom organization chart was developed by Loring Wirbel
<lwir...@aol.com>, a founding member of “Citizens for Peace in Space”
in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Loring is the author of Star Wars: U.S.
Tools of Space Supremacy.)
J0 – Office of the Commander –
StratCom Commander Kevin Chilton (Air Force) is charged with
overseeing the Pentagon’s ‘triad’ of offensive nuclear and
conventional weapons; defensive systems (from Missile Defense to
Information Operations); and infrastructure such as communications and
intelligence. This unprecedented mission array—which spans the globe
and encompasses a good portion of the Pentagon’s duties—explains why
Commander Chilton says Strategic Command would more appropriately be
named ‘Global Command.’ The StratCom command center is located at
Offutt AFB in suburban Omaha, Nebraska.
Functional Component Commands
Space – Lt. Gen. Larry D. James (Air Force) – StratCom’s Space Command
serves as the single point of contact for planning, coordinating and
executing space military operations. With every function and branch of
the U.S. military now ‘knit’ together by space technology, StratCom is
integrally engaged in the global fight—whether it’s conducting
surveillance of suspected terrorists, piloting drone aircraft by
satellite, or providing ‘real time’ communications to soldiers in the
field. The Space Command is headquartered at Vandenberg AFB on the
central coast of California.
Global Strike – Maj. Gen. Floyd L. Carpenter (Air Force) – The
war-fighting component in StratCom’s mission quiver, Global Strike
Command leads the offensive planning operations for both nuclear and
conventional attacks and coordinates the global strike efforts for the
six regional Combat Commands around the world. Tasked with attacking
any place on the face of the earth within one hour, global strike (in
the words of Commander Chilton) is “the most responsive combatant
command in the U.S. arsenal.” Global Strike Command is headquartered
at Barksdale AFB in Louisiana.
Integrated Missile Defense – Lt. Gen. Kevin Campbell (Army) – Billed
as a ‘defensive’ shield to protect the U.S. and it allies from attack,
this ‘Star Wars’ program is fueling tensions with Russia and China
over its ‘dual-use’ as an offensive missile system and anti-satellite
weapon. The command’s headquarters at Schriever AFB near Colorado
Springs oversees deployment operations, intelligence, logistics and
staffing. StratCom’s authority over all of the service branches is
particularly in evidence with this command, as the Army staffs the
ground-based missile defense battalions; the Navy operates its fleet
of Aegis missile defense vessels; and the Air Force is tasked with
making the elements (including the ground- and sea-based radars) work
Joint Information Operations Warfare Command – Mr. Mark Johnson, Dir.
(Army)– Previously known as the ‘Joint Electronic Warfare Center’ and
the ‘Joint Command & Control Warfare Center,’ this cryptically named
command exploits information to influence the tide of war.
‘Information Operations’ covers everything from fusing the
intelligence gathered by different agencies and sources into unified
databases and ‘mining’ it for particular subjects, to conducting
‘psychological warfare’ on targets by means of propaganda and
deception. The command is headquartered at Lackland AFB in San
Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) – Lt. Gen. Ronald
L. Burgess Jr. (Army) – This command coordinates the efforts of
Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), National Security Agency (NSA),
National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and National Geospatial
Intelligence Agency to coordinate intelligence information with the
Joint Forces Command. StratCom’s mission responsibility for ISR,
however, extends to all sixteen organizations within the U.S.
Intelligence Community—including the CIA and FBI (which StratCom brags
are “in our operations center 24/7.” The command is headquartered at
Bolling AFB, Washington, D.C.
Network Warfare – Lt. General Keith B. Alexander (Army) – Based at the
National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland,
and sharing the same ‘dual-hatted’ director, this StratCom component
command plans and executes U.S. operations in cyberspace. Network
Warfare’s responsibilities include not only defense of America’s
civilian and military computer networks, but also offensive cyber
attack. The NSA is most famous for directing the Bush/Cheney
Administration’s constitutionally suspect ‘warrantless surveillance’
of U.S. citizens during the height of the ‘War on Terror.’ Alexander
was just handed yet a third commission early in 2010 as the official
director of Pentagon’s Cyber Command.
Global Network Operations, Joint Task Force – Lt. Gen. Carroll F.
Pollett (Army) – A separate command from Network Warfare whose cyber
duties inevitably overlap, the Joint Task Force for Global Network
Operations is charged with the operation and defense of the ‘Global
Information Grid’ (GIG). A globally interconnected communications
project of the Department of Defense, the GIG is designed to give U.S.
warfighters, policymakers and business interests ‘information
superiority’ on demand. The command has its headquarters in Arlington,
Virginia, but operates worldwide through ‘Theater Network Operation
Center for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction – Kenneth A. Myers
III – In the wake of the 9/11 attacks and the allegations of Iraq’s
stockpiles of WMD, StratCom was assigned the mission for ‘Combating
Weapons of Mass Destruction’ in 2005. Headquartered in Fort Belvoir,
Virginia, the center is housed with the ‘Defense Threat Reduction
Agency,’ with the same ‘dualhatted’ director serving both entities.
The center is tasked with providing the Department of Defense
expertise on containing the threat of the acquisition and the use of
all types of WMD: nuclear, biological and chemical
Air Force Space Command – Gen. C. Robert Kehler (Air Force) – A
remnant of the former U.S. Space Command, this group provides space
and ICBM forces to StratCom. Air Force Space Command consists of two
numbered Air Force wings: the 14th Air Force out of Vandenberg AFB
provides space warfighting forces to StratCom, while the 20th Air
Force provides ICBM missile management out of Warren AFB in Cheyenne,
Wyoming. Also important is the 21st Space Wing at Peterson AFB,
Colorado Springs, which performs space intelligence and control
missions at bases such as Buckley AFB in Aurora, Colorado. The command
headquarters is at Peterson AFB.
U.S. Army Forces Strategic Command – Lt. Gen. Kevin Campbell (Army) –
The Army has its own Space Command which manages Ballistic Missile
Defense, but it falls under the authority of this more general group,
the U.S. Army Forces Strategic Command, that also oversees ‘Stryker
Brigade Combat Teams’ and some remaining tactical nukes. The command
is headquartered at Redstone Arsenal near Huntsville, Alabama, and
maintains major missile-defense forces at Peterson AFB and missile
defense observation facilities at Kwajalein Atoll, Guam, and other
Marine Forces Strategic Command – Lt. General George J. Flynn (Marine
Corp.) – One might have thought the Marines would play a minimal role
at StratCom, but now that Northern Command includes ‘maritime ops’ in
defense of the homeland, the Marines and Navy will jointly be playing
a more global role in policing the seas. The headquarters is
co-located at Offutt AFB, but also has a large reporting structure at
Quantico, Virginia. Naming General James Cartwright as the first
Marine to ever command StratCom in 2004 was widely viewed as an effort
to integrate the Marines more closely into StratCom.
Fleet Forces Command (FFC) – Adm. John C. Harvey, Jr. (Navy) - Despite
its name, this command only exercises space and StratCom duties for
the Atlantic and Caribbean areas. (Pacific Command plays a
quasi-independent role in Global Strike missions in the Asia-Pacific.)
But with the bulk of missile defense missions turning to sea-borne
theater missile defense, Fleet Forces Command is likely to see a
larger role in global Navy operations. The FFC includes the former
Navy Space Command and active elements of Naval Security Group,
handling everything from the Navy component of missile defense (Aegis
cruisers) to global Navy space-based intelligence operations like
‘Ranger’ and ‘Classic Wizard.’ The command is headquartered in
Task Forces - these are the ‘hardware management groups’ for weapons
and platforms, with dedicated task forces for:
Airborne Communications (Tinker AFB, Oklahoma) – Management of Navy
E-6B Mercury aircraft for presidential emergency communications.
Aerial Refueling and Tankers – (Scott AFB, Illinois) – Tankers are
under the control of Air Mobility Command at Scott, but operated under
18th Air Force, also at Scott.
Land-Based Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (Warren AFB, Wyoming) –
All land-based strategic missile crews report to the 20th Air Force at
Warren, whilenuclear missile wings are operated out of Warren;
Malmstrom AFB, Montana; and MinotAFB, North Dakota.
Ballistic-Missile Submarines (Norfolk, Virginia and Pearl Harbor,
Hawaii) – Atlantic Ocean submarines are deployed from Kings Bay,
Georgia, under Atlantic Fleet command from Norfolk; Pacific
Ocean-based submarines are based at Bangor, Washington, and commanded
from Pacific Command headquarters in Hawaii.
Strategic Bombers and Reconnaissance Aircraft – All strategic nuclear
aircraft are assigned to the 8th Air Force at Barksdale AFB,
Louisiana. B-52 heavy bombers are based at Barksdale and Minot; B-2
Stealth Bombers are based at Whiteman AFB, Missouri (B-1 bombers have
been retired); RC-135 Rivet Joint surveillance aircraft are based out
of Offutt AFB; and U-2S Dragon Lady surveillance aircraft are based
out of Beale AFB, California.
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