USSTRATCOM Center for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction (SCC-WMD)
Kenneth A. Myers III
Read about the SCC-WMD in the story Center of Gravity in the Spring 2012 issue of "The Shield"
The President's National Security Strategy to combat Weapons of Mass Destruction describes WMD in the hands of hostile states and terrorists as one of the greatest security challenges facing the United States. Two policy documents issued by the Department of Defense (DoD) in 2006 - the 2006 Quadrennial Review and the National Military Strategy to Combat Weapons of Mass Destruction - both reaffirmed the need for the Department of Defense to continue to develop an integrated and comprehensive approach to counter the threat of WMD.
To accomplish this goal, the Secretary of Defense designated the commander of USSTRATCOM as the lead combatant commander for integrating and synchronizing global WMD efforts. USSTRATCOM controls our nuclear arsenal and is also a globally focused command and a global integrator. The Command is charged with the missions of space operations, information operations, integrated missile defense, global command and control, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, global strike, and strategic deterrence.
Formally established in August 2005, the USSTRATCOM Center for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction is co-located with DTRA at Fort Belvoir, Va. Kenneth A. Myers serves as both the director of SCC-WMD and DTRA. The Center achieved full operational capability on Dec. 31, 2006.
The mission of the SCC-WMD is to integrate and synchronize the Department's efforts to combat worldwide WMD in support of U.S. government objectives. The Center advises combatant commands on WMD-related matters, provides critical planning expertise and develops recommendations to reduce vulnerabilities and improve Department of Defense effectiveness in combating WMD. There is a direct working relationship between combatant commands responsible for the WMD mission and DTRA's technical and operational mission expertise.
The DTRA Operations Center supports the SCC-WMD mission in maintaining 24-hour situational awareness of critical combating WMD efforts and information. To facilitate tracking of its efforts, the SCC-WMD established a web-based information portal that offers combatant commanders, Department of Defense leadership and other organizations a one-stop shop to increase awareness of global combating WMD activities. With personnel and resources leveraged from DTRA, USSTRATCOM provides the nation with global deterrence capabilities to combat WMD worldwide.
Current as of December 2011