Air Force National Security Emergency Preparedness (AFNSEP)

The USAF Agency for National Security and Emergency Preparedness (AFNSEP) oversees all aspects of Air Force Military Support to Civilian Authorities (MSCA), Continuity of Operations for the Air Staff (COOP), is the Principle USAF Point of Contact for Homeland Security and is the liaison with other federal agencies in all these areas.

National, and DoD-level policies mandate the development and maintenance of Continuity of Operations (COOP) plans for government agencies at all levels to ensure unabated continuity of essential functions during national emergencies or when normal operations have been impaired or made impossible. Program guidelines require an "all hazards" approach to continuity planning. The "All Hazard" approach covers any contingency, from natural disasters to an all-out nuclear exchange. The overall objective of the Air Force Continuity of Operations program is to develop plans and processes to achieve Air Force mission-essential functions during a national security emergency or when normal operations are impaired or made impossible.

The AFNSEP Continuity of Operations Division oversees, and assists commanders at all levels in implementing the Air Force's Continuity of Operations programs to include Continuity of Operations, Joint Emergency Evacuation Plan (JEEP) and Joint Air Transportation System (JATS). AFNSEP is the HQ USAF Point of Contact for COOP guidance and planning and is responsible for publishing Air Force-wide COOP guidance and coordinating COOP efforts. The overall purpose of the COOP program is to provide sufficient capabilities at all levels of the Air Force in an all-hazards environment to meet essential defense and civilian needs during any national security emergency in peacetime as well as wartime which includes planning preparatory measures, response actions, and restoration activities to ensure continuation of these functions to maintain military effectiveness, readiness, and survivability.


  • Continuity of Operations - HQ USAF
  • Joint Emergency Evacuation Program (JEEP)/Joint Air Transportation System (JATS) (AF Executive Agent)
  • Alternate Headquarters/Emergency Headquarters Relocation Site Management
  • Residual Capabilities Assessment (RECA) Program
  • CONUS Airborne Reconnaissance for Damage Assessment (CARDA) Program (AF Executive Agent)
  • Survivable Reconstitution and Recovery Plan - 55 (SRR-55)

The AFNSEP Domestic Support Operations Division (DSO) oversees, assists commanders in implementing the Air Force's NSEP Program in Domestic Support and The overall purpose of these programs is to provide sufficient capabilities at all levels of the Air Force in an all-hazards environment to meet essential defense and civilian needs during any national security emergency. It serves as Air Force (AF) Office of Primary Responsibility (OPR) for all Military Support to Civil Authorities (MSCA) and National Security Emergency Preparedness (NSEP) issues. This includes Military Support to Civilian Authorities (MSCA), Military Support to Civilian Law Enforcement Agencies (MSCLEA). The Division oversees and directs all AF NSEP Operations, and serves as Principal and Regional Planning Agent (PPA) for MSCA in the all hazards arena which covers a broad spectrum of emergencies from peacetime disaster. It approves/coordinates AF auxiliary activities of the Civil Air Patrol (MSCA only), and manages Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA) Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officers (EPLOs).

The Issues Division represents the AFNSEP divisions not located within the Pentagon for the purpose of coordinating and staffing actions, meetings and conferences with Air Staff elements, sister services, OSD, Federal organizations and agencies in and around the National Capital Region. The Issues Division chief is the agency's program element monitor, who represents AFNSEP's resourcing issues to the Air Force Corporate Structure through all phases of the POM cycle. The Issues Division is the Agency's focal point for the Air Force's Critical Infrastructure Protection Program.

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