Hotline Report on the Proposed Elimination of the Nuclear Command and Control System Support Staff (REDACTED)
Department of Defense Inspector General Alexandria United States
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In October 2012, the DoD Office of Inspector General received a hotline complaint alleging that the Deputy Secretary of Defense, through the office of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation, was preparing to eliminate the Nuclear Command and Control System NCCS Support Staff NSS. DoD staff billets from NSS would allegedly be transferred to supplement the Defense Information Systems Agency DISA. The allegation stated that because National Security Presidential Directive NSPD-28 established the NSS as an independent staff with an interagency mission to serve the President, the Deputy Secretary of Defense has no authority to eliminate the NSS while NSPD-28 is in effect. We were unable to identify any provision of NSPD-28 or federal law specifically prohibiting the Deputy Secretary of Defense from transferring billets from the NSS to DISA. The Secretary of Defense, and by extension, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, has the authority to organize the DoD staff in accordance with federal law and as heshe deems necessary to accomplish the mission. However, the use of NSS billets to increase DISA staff would require transfer of NSPD-28 responsibilities. Therefore, we concluded that the only relevant hotline issue to examine was how the presidentially-directed responsibilities would be accomplished if the billets are removed from the NSS. After a preliminary inquiry, we delayed initiating the review because a decision regarding use of NSS billets to improve DISAs nuclear systems engineering capability bad yet to be made. Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation had explained that NSS presidentially-directed responsibilities would be presented to the Deputies Management Action Group for a decision. However, using NSS billets to improve DISAs nuclear systems engineering capability was subsequently dropped from the Deputies Management Action Groups decision making process.
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