DOD Directive 3020.26

  • DoD Directive 3020.26
    • Department of Defense Continuity Programs
    • January 9, 2009
    • 10 pages
    • Public
    • Retrieved from


(a) DoD Directive 3020.26, “Defense Continuity Program (DCP),” September 8, 2004 (hereby canceled)
(b) DoD 8910.1-M, “Department of Defense Procedures for Management of Information Requirements,” June 30, 1998
(c) National Security Presidential Directive-51/Homeland Security Presidential Directive-20, “National Continuity Policy,” May 9, 2007
(d) “National Continuity Policy Implementation Plan,” August 2007
(e) Section 2674 of title 10, United States Code
(f) National Communications System Directive 3-10, “Telecommunications Operations,” July 25, 2007

1. PURPOSE. This Directive:
a. Reissues Reference (a) and changes its title.
b. Revises continuity policies and assigns responsibilities for developing and maintaining Defense Continuity Programs to enhance the DoD readiness posture.

a. All Defense continuity-related activities, programs, and requirements of the DoD Components, including those related to COOP, COG, and ECG, shall ensure the continuation of current approved DoD and DoD Component MEFs under all circumstances across the spectrum of threats.

b. All DoD continuity planning and programming shall:
(1) Be based on the assumption that no warning of attack or event will be received.
(2) Ensure the performance of MEFs during any emergency for a period of up to 30 days or until normal operations can be resumed. The capability to perform MEFs at alternate sites must be fully operational as soon as possible, but no later than 12 hours after COOP activation.
(3) Be based on risk-management assessments to ensure that appropriate operational readiness decisions consider the probability of an attack or incident and its consequences.
(4) Emphasize the permanent and routine geographic distribution of leadership, staff, and infrastructure in order to increase survivability and maintain uninterrupted capability to accomplish DoD MEFs.

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