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AIRCRAFT PIRACY (HIJACKING) AND DESTRUCTION OF DERELICT AIRBORNE OBJECTS
1 June 2001
a. Aircraft Piracy (Hijacking) of Civil and Military Aircraft. Pursuant
to references a and b, the Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA), has exclusive responsibility to direct law enforcement activity
related to actual or attempted aircraft piracy (hijacking) in the “special
aircraft jurisdiction” of the United States. When requested by the
Administrator, Department of Defense will provide assistance to these
law enforcement efforts. Pursuant to reference c, the NMCC is the focal
point within Department of Defense for providing assistance. In the
event of a hijacking, the NMCC will be notified by the most expeditious
means by the FAA. The NMCC will, with the exception of immediate
responses as authorized by reference d, forward requests for DOD
assistance to the Secretary of Defense for approval.....
Originally posted by Malichai
...While America was being attacked Bush sat reading goat stories to children.
Cheney ran to the secret bunker to hide out.
Rumsfeld was in a meeting with instrutions to not be disturbed, but he was disturbed when a plane crashed into the Pentagon.
And by then the stand down orders had achieved their goals. The only three people in the world with the power to defend America were busy while we were attacked.
But was it always like that? I can tell you that officially it still is. The order has not been cancelled nor has it been superceded. At least officially...
[edit on 16-9-2007 by Malichai]
Originally posted by mrsdudara
paraclete, I dont know that anyone could confirm that. Command-wide means everyone, but I doubt that if they were needed, they would not be allowed. But I am not a military person.
I am very curious as why you are asking though.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
Are you talking about the recent stand down over the nuclear missiles, or 9/11? If you're talking about 9/11 we didn't have any alert aircraft flying on airborne alert. They were all sitting in shelters at the end of the runway. As for recent years we haven't had bombers sitting nuclear alert for years. STRATCOM took over the nuclear weapons, and they only put them on alert in event of a major crisis, or if it appears there will be an event happening. In September of 1991 the nuclear ground alert roles were officially ended.
USSTRATCOM combines the synergy of the U.S. legacy nuclear command and control mission with responsibility for space operations; global strike; Defense Department information operations; global missile defense; and global command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR), and combating weapons of mass destruction. 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.
A command headquarters of more than 2,500 people, representing all four services, including Department of Defense civilians and contractors, oversees the command's operationally focused global strategic mission. The command is organized under a modified J-code structure as follows: