The Minimum Essential Emergency Communications Network (MEECN) is a network of systems providing uninterrupted communications throughout the pre-, trans-, and post-nuclear warfare environment. At minimum, MEECN is designed to provide a one-way flow of information to activate nuclear forces during severe jamming and a post-nuclear environment.
Components[edit | edit source]
As of 1994, MEECN consists of various programs: Miniature Receive Terminals (MRTs) for nuclear bombers, High Power Transmit Sets (HPTS) for E-4B aircraft, Dual Frequency MEECN receivers (DFMRs) for ICBM Launch Control Centers.
Ground Element MEECN System (GEMS)[edit | edit source]
Minuteman MEECN Program (MMP)[edit | edit source]
The Minuteman MEECN Program (MMP) replaced the aging Survivable Low Frequency Communications System (SLFCS) Launch Control Centers (LCCs) with an Extremely High Frequency (EHF) and Very Low Frequency/Low Frequency (VLF/LF) communications equipment.
See also[edit | edit source]
- Post Attack Command and Control System (PACCS)
- Airborne Launch Control System (ALCS)
- Ground Wave Emergency Network (GWEN)
- Survivable Low Frequency Communications System (SLFCS)
References[edit | edit source]
- Aldridge, R. (1983). First Strike! The Pentagon's Strategy for Nuclear War, 0-89608-154-0
- Air Force Historical Research Agency: PMD 2070(29)/22131F/32015F/11213F Program Management Directive for Minimum Essential Emergency Communications Network (MEECN) VLF/LF System Improvements
- Congressional Research Service: "Nuclear Command and Control: Current Programs and Issues", May 3, 2006
- Strategic-Air-Command.com: "Minuteman Missile History", no date
- Air Force FOIA documents: 392d Training Squadron slides on MEECN, no date
- Air Force Space Command: "Minot completes final MEECN modifications", 17 Nov 2005
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