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Congress Wants to Establish Council with Nuclear Communications Oversight

Nuclear explosionA provision in a Congressional defense bill seeks to create a special body in charge of communications technologies that U.S. leaders would use during nuclear crises, National Journal reported Tuesday.

Rachel Oswald writes the House and Senate included plans in the defense policy-setting measure for fiscal year 2014 to create a council for nuclear command, control and communications, also known as the NC3 system.

Congress aims to have a central council to oversee technology, policy and performance assessments; to manage resources; and to develop and acquire systems and infrastructure for the program, the report said.

Oswald writes the body will be co-chaired by the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics and the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and will include Strategic Command head; National Security Agency director; undersecretary of defense for policy; and chief information officer of the Pentagon.

Politico reports the 2014 defense authorization act has been passed in the House and will be up for consideration in the Senate on Wednesday.

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