Joint Task Force Civil Support conducts chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear response and all-hazards defense support of civil authorities operations in support of the lead federal agency in order to save lives, mitigate human suffering, and prevent further injury. 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 comprises 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 and defense support of civil authority 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 officials.
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 Framework.
Highlights of the Unit
• The mission of JTF-CS is to conduct CBRN response and all-hazards DSCA operations in support of the lead federal agency in order to save lives, mitigate human suffering, and prevent further injury.
• 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