The Internet and the Bomb:
A Research Guide to Policy and Information about Nuclear Weapons
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CHAPTER TWO: U.S. EXECUTIVE BRANCH ORGANIZATIONS
Department of Defense
Department of Defense ("DefenseLINK") Homepage
General information and links to various offices at headquarters as well as major commands.
Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD)
The office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Policy) and the subordinate Assistant Secretary of Defense (International Security Policy) are responsible for setting DOD nuclear weapons and arms control policy. They do not have a public Web site.
Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology
Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Chemical and Biological Defense Programs
The original website for the primary nuclear weapons technical adviser within the DOD seems to have disappeared to be replaced with this business-oriented site titled "Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Home Page."
DOD Counterproliferation Homepage
Assistant Secretary of Defense (Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence)
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DOD Nuclear Organization
Nuclear-Related Defense Agencies
Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO)
Homepage includes fact sheets on theater and national ballistic missile defense programs, a glossary, and selected program documents, such as the BMDO Annual Report To Congress (1+ Mb document).
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Defense Special Weapons Agency (DSWA)
Formerly the Defense Nuclear Agency. The Defense Nuclear Weapon School Course Catalog can be downloaded in MS Word format from the homepage.
DOD Nuclear Information Analysis Center (DASIAC)
Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute (AFRRI)
Principal DOD laboratory for investigating the biological effects of ionizing radiation, with extensive links to various pages dealing with radiation issues.
On-Site Inspection Agency (OSIA)
Joint Chiefs and Unified Commands
Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) Homepage
The five nuclear-responsible Unified Commands command nuclear forces provided by the Air Force and Navy and prepare nuclear war contingency plans. Strategic Command has global responsibilities, while the four other commands cover regional areas.
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Unified Commands with Nuclear Responsibilities
U.S. Atlantic Command (ACOM)
U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM)
U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM)
U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM)
Created on 1 June 1992 and absorbing the nuclear missions of the Air Force's Strategic Air Command. STRATCOM is mostly a planning headquarters of 2300 people, with the nuclear forces owned and operated by the Air Force and the Navy.
Department of the Air Force
Air Force Homepage ("AirForceLINK")
Central homepage of the Air Force, with links to headquarters elements and various command sites.
Headquarters Department of the Air Force
Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition)
Searchable and interactive site dealing with acquisition policy and reform, contracting, and program management.
Air Combat Command (ACC)
Operators of the nuclear-capable bomber and fighter aircraft in the United States. The Directorate of Nuclear Operations is at http://www.acc.af.mil/do/don/don.htm.
8th Air Force
Task Force 204 serves as the bomber arm of Strategic Command.
Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC)
Aeronautical Systems Center (ASC)
Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC)
Phillips Laboratory (PL)
Formerly the Air Force Weapons Laboratory (AFWL) and once the primary internal Air Force organization responsible for nuclear weapons research and development.
Air Force Space Command (AFSPC)
Operators of the land-based (ICBM) nuclear missile force in the United States.
United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE)
Operators of the European-based nuclear forces.
Department of the Navy
Central homepage with links to the Navy Public Affairs Library and subordinate elements.
Submarine Warfare Division (N87)
Part of the office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Resources, Warfare Requirements and Assessments (N8).
US Atlantic Fleet (LANTFLT)
Operators of the Atlantic-based Trident fleet and Tomahawk nuclear capable attack submarine fleet.
US Pacific Fleet (PACFLT)
Submarine Force US Pacific Fleet
Operators of the Pacific-based Trident ballistic missile submarine fleet and Tomahawk nuclear capable attack submarine fleet.
Naval Air Systems Command
Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division China Lake
Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Point Mugu
Naval Sea Systems Command
Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division
Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division
Naval Surface Warfare Center Port Hueneme Division
The Internet and the Bomb: A Research Guide to Policy and Information about Nuclear Weapons is written and maintained by William M. Arkin and Robert S. Norris. Any questions, comments or suggestions should be sent to the authors at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. This page was last updated 5/1/97
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