The United States Air Force Nuclear Command, Control and Communications Center (USAF NC3 Center), established on Oct. 1, 2016, is a sub-organization of Air Force Global Strike Command tasked to provide technical and operational support to maintain the health of communication links between the National Military Command Authority and the nuclear warfighters of the U.S. Air Force.
Located at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, the NC3 Center has 236 personnel assigned and consists of five major directorates: Communications, Governance and Training, Logistics, Operations and Plans, Programs and Requirements.
The USAF NC3 Center mission ensures national leadership has a survivable, secure and resilient communications path for issuing nuclear orders to the warfighter. It is responsible for command lead management of Air Force Global Strike Command – owned portions of the NC3 Weapon System. It also provides a focal point for support to all Air Force Elements of the National NC3 System.
Provide survivable and agile Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications from the President to combat-ready forces.
Providing strategic, dynamic NC3 capabilities to the warfighter
AF NC3 Center Strategic Goals
- Provide NC3 systems operational, logistics, planning, programming and communications support
- Provide “Direct Support” to the HQ AFGSC staff
- Provide liaison support to NC3 Using and Supporting MAJCOMs
- Provide governance support for the NLCC/NC3 Council framework
Ultramarine blue and Air Force yellow are the Air Force colors. Blue alludes to the sky, the primary theater of Air Force operations. Yellow refers to the sun and the excellence required of Air Force personnel. The globe denotes the NC3 Center’s global scope of responsibility and its reach with the globe’s grid lines reflecting determination. Its color reflects adaptability. The ring around the globe represents the orbit of the satellite constellations and the constant reach for innovation and technological advancement. The three lines with deltas stand for the three aerospace capabilities (bombers, command and control aircraft, and intercontinental ballistic missiles) that stand ready to defend the United States and deter our enemies. The lightning bolts embody the speed with which communication travels, the means of communication being terrestrial, air and space.
Point of Contact
Air Force Global Strike Command, Public Affairs Office; 245 Davis Avenue East, Suite 198; Barksdale AFB, LA 71110; DSN 781-1305 or 318-456-7844; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Current as of April 2017)