Minimum Essential Emergency Communications Network
The Minimum Essential Emergency Communications Network (MEECN) is a network of systems providing uninterrupted communications throughout the pre-, trans-, and post-nuclear warfare environment. At minimum, MEECN is designed to provide a one-way flow of information to activate nuclear forces during severe jamming and a post-nuclear environment.
As of 1994, MEECN consists of various programs: Miniature Receive Terminals (MRTs) for nuclear bombers, High Power Transmit Sets (HPTS) for E-4B aircraft, Dual Frequency MEECN receivers (DFMRs) for ICBM Launch Control Centers.
Ground Element MEECN System (GEMS)
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Minuteman MEECN Program (MMP)
The Minuteman MEECN Program (MMP) replaced the aging Survivable Low Frequency Communications System (SLFCS) Launch Control Centers (LCCs) with an Extremely High Frequency (EHF) and Very Low Frequency/Low Frequency (VLF/LF) communications equipment.
- Post-Attack Command and Control System (PACCS)
- Airborne Launch Control System (ALCS)
- Ground Wave Emergency Network (GWEN)
- Survivable Low Frequency Communications System (SLFCS)
- Aldridge, R. (1983). First Strike! The Pentagon's Strategy for Nuclear War, 0-89608-154-0
- Air Force Historical Research Agency: PMD 2070(29)/22131F/32015F/11213F Program Management Directive for Minimum Essential Emergency Communications Network (MEECN) VLF/LF System Improvements
- Congressional Research Service: "Nuclear Command and Control: Current Programs and Issues", May 3, 2006
- Strategic-Air-Command.com: "Minuteman Missile History", no date
- Air Force FOIA documents: 392d Training Squadron slides on MEECN, no date
- Air Force Space Command: "Minot completes final MEECN modifications", 17 Nov 2005 Archived 2010-03-24 at the Wayback Machine