Minimum Essential Emergency Communications Network

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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.[1]


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.[2]

Ground Element MEECN System (GEMS)[edit]


Minuteman MEECN Program (MMP)[edit]

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.[4]

MMP consists of EHF Milstar and VLF/LF communications equipment.[5]

The 91st Missile Wing's Oscar-01 at Minot AFB, North Dakota was the last Minuteman Launch Control Center to have updated to the MMP configuration.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Aldridge, R. (1983). First Strike! The Pentagon's Strategy for Nuclear War, 0-89608-154-0
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ Congressional Research Service: "Nuclear Command and Control: Current Programs and Issues", May 3, 2006
  4. ^ "Minuteman Missile History", no date
  5. ^ Air Force FOIA documents: 392d Training Squadron slides on MEECN, no date
  6. ^ Air Force Space Command: "Minot completes final MEECN modifications", 17 Nov 2005 Archived 2010-03-24 at the Wayback Machine