US Space Command



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21 March 1996

Command Policy

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This policy directive specifies policy, concept of operations, scheduling procedures, command relationships and methodology. The directive applies to force enhancement, space control, space support and missile warning units which are assigned and/or gained by USSPACECOM. The policies in this directive apply to the Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center, USSPACECOM Space Operations Center and other organizations/entities that support the USSPACECOM mission, as well. This policy directive does not apply to Air Force Reserves or Air National Guard.

1. Concept. Assigned and gained units are inspected on a recurring basis by their respective component inspection team. These inspections prompt preparation, which leads to increased readiness, and provide USCINCSPACE a validation of the unit's ability to support the unified command mission. A unit reports on the commander's assessment of readiness through the Status of Resources and Training System (SORTS). The USSPACECOM J3, Director of Operations, will provide the components the unified command operational requirements and standards to meet acceptable levels of performance in mission readiness, capability, and execution. The components will integrate unified command requirements into their respective inspection directives. Units and entities that report directly to USSPACECOM will be inspected not less than every 2 years by the USSPACECOM Inspector General.

2. Philosophy. The philosophy behind this directive is to provide recurring validation of assigned and gained units' abilities to perform those functions required to meet USSPACECOM mission requirements. The joint processes are the only concern of USCINCSPACE.

3. Methodology. The USSPACECOM J3 (SPJ3) will provide components operational areas of interest and performance standards. The SPJ3 will coordinate with components on the integration of USSPACECOM requirements into training, certification and inspection directives. The SPJ3 and components will coordinate a schedule where each unit will be evaluated on its support of the USSPACECOM mission not less than every 2 years. The USSPACECOM staff will support components in the development of scenarios and schedule promulgation so as to satisfy both unified and component operational requirements.

4.Command Inspector General (IG) Relationships. It must be understood that the USSPACECOM IG is not primarily in the inspection business. The USSPACECOM IG should work closely with the respective component's IG to ensure readiness assessments are thorough, rigorous, and a valid test of a unit's ability to meet USSPACECOM mission requirements. The respective responsibilities of the USSPACECOM and component IGs will be codified in Memoranda of Agreement (MOAs). The USSPACECOM IG should expect to be invited to augment component IG teams and observe readiness assessments conducted by component commands. USSPACECOM IG support requirements will be coordinated well in advance of readiness assessments.

5. Scheduling. The SPJ3 will be responsible for coordinating with components an appropriate readiness assessment schedule. The schedule should be projected into the future as far as possible.

6. Notification. The promulgation of an integrated schedule should provide units with adequate time to prepare for assessments. The transition to wartime tasking is relatively seamless for most units supporting the USSPACECOM mission. Therefore, preparation for an assessment should cause little disruption in the unit.

7. Scenario. The SPJ3 will coordinate with the components the development of the assessment scenario. Units should be tested on their ability to meet USCINCSPACE requirements. A realistic scenario, derived from appropriate intelligence assumptions and operational plans tasking, should be the goal of this process. For units reporting directly to USSPACECOM, the SPJ3 will coordinate the activities of the USSPACECOM staff to develop the assessment scenario.

8. Areas of Interest for USCINCSPACE:

8.1. The SPJ3 will coordinate the staff activities required to develop objective criteria for the assessment of the following areas of interest to USCINCSPACE:

8.1.1. Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center.

8.1.2. The Mobile Consolidated Command Center (MCCC).

8.1.3. Joint Space Support Teams.

8.1.4. DoD Manned Space Flight support activities.

8.1.5. USSPACECOM Command and Control.

8.1.6. Crisis Action Team/Battle Staff activities.

8.1.7. The Theater Event System.

8.2. The USSPACECOM IG, augmented as required, will conduct these readiness assessments for USCINCSPACE.

9. Summary. USCINCSPACE requires feedback on the operational capability of assigned and gained units. Periodic operational assessments provide this feedback. USCINCSPACE depends on the component commanders to conduct readiness assessments that test units in their ability to meet USSPACECOM tasking in times of heightened tensions or conflict. USCINCSPACE will provide command requirements to the components for integration into appropriate directives. The component IG, with the support of the USSPACECOM IG, will conduct readiness assessments on a regular basis. The SPJ3 will be the focal point for coordinating schedules and developing objective criteria for readiness assessments. Units will be given prior notice of assessments so that adequate preparation time is available to unit commanders.

Commander in Chief