b. The director serves as manager of the National Communications
System of which the Defense Communications System is a major part.
The mission of Defense Communications Agency is to insure that the
long-haul, point-to-point telecommunications requirements of the
the National Command Authority.
Defense Communications Agency is
organized into a headquarters in Washington, DC, with field
activities in assigned geographical areas of responsibility.
Communications Agency is largely operated by military service
The Defense Communications Agency
relies on the spectrum management structures of the Joint Frequency
Panel and the various military departments to provide spectrum
20. Joint Frequency Panel Responsibilities and Procedures.
a. The Joint Frequency Panel acts as an advisor to the Military
Communications-Electronics Board on matters pertaining to spectrum
Responsibility for the implementation of Department of
Defense directives on spectrum management is assigned the Joint
Frequency Panel; included are the operational (frequency management)
compatibility program. The Joint Frequency Panel is empowered to act
on behalf of the Department of Defense on matters of spectrum
allotment, assignment, and communications-electronics interference;
this responsibility includes coordination among the services.
Joint Frequency Panel also maintains liaison between the Department
of Defense and other United States Government agencies, as well as
b. Specifically, the panel's activities in joint spectrum
planning encompass the establishment of policies (for approval by the
The panel reviews and approves applications for
spectrum allocation for communications-electronics equipment which is
being considered for development, purchase, lease or use by the
The panel has established a Joint Functional
and development activities.