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Joint Task Force Civil Support
anticipates, plans, and prepares for
Chemical, Biological, Radiological,
and Nuclear Defense Support of Civil
Authorities (CBRN-DSCA) response
operations. When directed, JTF-CS
deploys within 24 hours of notification
to command and control DOD forces
in support of civil authority response
operations in order to save lives, prevent
further injury, and provide temporary
critical support to enable community recovery.
JTF-CS is the nations’ only standing CBRN joint task force. It is comprised of active and
reserve component service members from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. The headquarters
also includes Department of the Air Force civilians and contract personnel.
Established in October 1999, JTF-CS is assigned to U.S. Northern Command and conducts
CBRN response operations planning and preparedness to maximize mission readiness and capability.
The commander of U.S. Army North has operational control of JTF-CS.
JTF-CS accomplishes response operations in strict adherence with the Constitution and public law.
When directed on the authority of the President, through the Secretary of Defense, USNORTHCOM
provides defense support of civil authorities when requested by local, state, tribal and federal
In any domestic setting, JTF-CS always remains in support of civil authorities integrating the
DOD response with other interagency capabilities to achieve unity of effort under the National Response
Highlights of the Unit Fact Sheet
The mission of JTF-CS is to anticipate, plan and execute CBRN response to save lives,
prevent further injury and provide temporary critical support to enable community recovery.
JTF-CS is the nations’ only standing CBRN joint task force.
JTF-CS responds, on the authority of the President, through the Secretary of Defense, and occurs
upon request of civil authorities.
In accordance with public law, JTF-CS is always in support of civil authorities as part of the
National Response Framework