United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), is one of ten unified commands in the United States Department of Defense. Headquartered at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, USSTRATCOM is responsible for strategic deterrence, global strike, and operating the Defense Department's Global Information Grid. It also provides a host of capabilities to support the other combatant commands, including strategic warning; integrated missile defense; and global command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR). This dynamic command gives national leadership a unified resource for greater understanding of specific threats around the world and the means to respond to those threats rapidly.
USSTRATCOM employs tailored nuclear, cyber, space, global strike, joint electronic warfare, missile defense, and intelligence capabilities to deter aggression, decisively respond if deterrence fails, assure allies, shape adversary behavior, defeat terror, and define the force of the future.
- Strategic Deterrence
- Decisive Response
- A Combat-Ready Force
- Embrace strategic deterrence, consisting of innovative joint fighting forces integrated and synchronized in multiple domains to ensure national security.
- Ensure that we can and will provide a decisive response to aggression, against any threat, when called upon by national leadership.
- Anticipate and meet tactical, theater, and strategic demands through our campaign plan, our operational plans, and capability development.
- Develop the next generation of professionals and capabilities in order to prevail in future conflicts.
Headquarters Organizational Structure
- J1 - Manpower & Personnel: Develops and administers command manpower and personnel policies, human resources, and personnel assignment programs.
A Minuteman III ICBM in its missile silo
- J2 - Intelligence: Responsible for delivering all-source intelligence while enabling the execution of assigned strategic deterrence, space and cyberspace operations. Directs all intelligence-related support for the Commander and ensures unity of intelligence effort across the Command.
- J3 - Global Operations: Coordinates the planning, employment and operation of DoD strategic assets and combines all current operations, intelligence, and global command and control operations. Subdivisions within J3 include Combat and Information Operations, Current Operations, Logistics, and Joint Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations (JEMSO).
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- J4 - Logistics: The Logistics Directorate plans, coordinates and executes joint logistics functions, and provides capability-based readiness assessments and facilities management in support of U.S. Strategic Command's global mission.
- J5 - Plans and Policy: Responsible for coordinating the development and implementation of national security policy as it applies to the command and the execution of its mission. Develops future plans, policy and strategy across all mission areas as outlined in the Unified Command Plan.
B-52 and B-2 flying in formation
- J6 - C4 Systems: Coordinates, facilitates, monitors and assesses systems, networks and communications requirements.
- J7 - Joint Exercises, Training and Assessments: Manages the USSTRATCOM Commander's Joint Exercises, Training, and Assessments programs in order to ensure readiness to perform the Command missions. Provides modeling and simulation support for exercises and training events to the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), Combatant Commands, and other Major Commands (MAJCOM). Manages the Joint Lessons Learned Program. Augments the battle staff during a crisis.
- J8 - Capability and Resource Integration: Conducts force management and analysis to include integrating, coordinating, prioritizing, and advocating USSTRATCOM future concepts, mission capability needs, weapons system development, support for emerging technologies, and command and control architecture across the mission areas. Responsible for all command requirement processes, and ensures appropriate decision support tools and assessment processes are in place to enhance operational capabilities.
- J10 - Joint Reserve Directorate: The Joint Reserve Directorate advises CDRUSSTRATCOM and staff on matters related to the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps Reserve personnel assigned to USSTRATCOM. The J10 coordinates Reserve funding requests with the applicable service.
U.S. Strategic Command's day-to-day planning and execution for the primary mission areas is done by the following USSTRATCOM components:
- JFCC - Global Strike (JFCC-GS), Offutt AFB, NE - Conducts kinetic (nuclear and conventional) and non-kinetic effects planning. GS manages global force activities to assure allies and to deter and dissuade actions detrimental to the United States and its global interests; should deterrence fail, employs global strike forces in support of combatant commander.
- JFCC - Space (JFCC Space), Vandenberg AFB, CA - Continuously coordinates, plans, integrates, commands and controls space operations to provide tailored, responsive, local and global effects, and on order, denies the enemy the same, in support of national, USSTRATCOM, and combatant commander objectives.
- JFCC - Integrated Missile Defense (JFCC-IMD) Schriever AFB, CO - Synchronizes operational-level global missile defense planning, operations support, and the development of missile defense effects for DoD. When directed, also provides alternate missile defense execution support.
- JFCC - Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (JFCC-ISR) Bolling AFB, Washington, D.C. - Identifies and recommends appropriate resources to meet high priority intelligence requirements. Essentially, ISR helps ensure the best use of resources to provide decision makers and troops with crucial information when and where they need.
- Joint Warfare Analysis Center (JWAC) Dahlgren, VA - The Joint Warfare Analysis Center (JWAC) provides combatant commands, Joint Staff, and other customers with precise technical solutions in order to carry out the national security and military strategies of the United States. JWAC maintains and enhances its ability to conduct comprehensive technical analysis.
Global Operations Center
The Global Operations Center, or GOC, is the nerve center for USSTRATCOM. The GOC is responsible for the global situational awareness of the Commander, USSTRATCOM, and is the mechanism by which he exercises operational command and control of the Nation's global strategic forces.
Gen. Curtis E. LeMay Building, U.S. Strategic Command Headquarters
E-6B Mercury, USSTRATCOM ABNCP
Airborne Command Post
USSTRATCOM Airborne Command Post crew members responding to their aircraft during an alert response exercise
U.S. Strategic Command's Airborne Command Post (ABNCP), also called "Looking Glass", allows USSTRATCOM the ability to command, control, and communicate with its nuclear forces should ground-based command centers become inoperable.
List of Combatant Commanders
||Start of Term
||End of Term
||General George L. Butler, USAF
||Admiral Henry G. Chiles, Jr., USN
||General Eugene E. Habiger, USAF
||Admiral Richard W. Mies, USN
||Admiral James O. Ellis, Jr., USN
||General James E. Cartwright, USMC
||Lt. Gen C. Robert Kehler, USAF
||4 August 2007
||17 October 2007
||General Kevin P. Chilton, USAF
||General C. Robert Kehler, USAF
||Admiral Cecil D. Haney, USN
||General John E. Hyten, USAF