US Space Command

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE USSPACECOM REGULATION 102-2
Headquarters Unites States Space Command 20 April 1988
Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado 80914-5003

Command and Control and Communications

CONTROL OF RECORD AND VOICE TRAFFIC
DURING ACTUAL OR SIMULATED ALERTS OR EMERGENCIES (MINIMIZE)
This regulation describes the transmission of essential traffic during actual or
simulated emergencies. It applies to United States Space Command (USSPACECOM)
staff and component commands. The Air Force Space Command (AFSPACECOM) Systems,
Center (LKR) provides support to USSPACECOM in carrying out certain respon-
sibilities described in this regulation.

1. Explanation of Terms:
a. MINIMIZE - Procedure used to reduce record and or voice communications
to essential traffic.

b. Essential Traffic - Is that which impacts on mission or safety.

c. Record Communications - Electrically-transmitted messages originated or
received at a communications center which are processed into the automatic digi-
tal network (AUTODIN).

d. Voice Communications - Communications which are automatic voice switch-
ing network (AUTOVON) and automatic secure voice communications (AUTOSEVOCOM).
e. Space Command Center (SPACC) - The command center for USSPACECOM.

2. General:

a. Instructions on MINIMIZE are in ACP 121/US Supplement 1, Communications
Instruction - General.

b. Commanders impose MINIMIZE as directed by higher authority. Commanders
may impose MINIMIZE during actual or simulated emergencies as local conditions
warrant.

c. The SPACC Battle Staff or Crisis Action Team (CAT) Directorate of
Command Control Systems and Logistics (J4/6) recommends to the Commander in

No. of Printed Pages: 6
OPR: J4/60 (LCDR P. J. Olszewski)
Approved by: Maj Gen J. S. Cassity, Jr.
Editor: S. E. Gillespie
Distribution: F;X(Naval Space Command, VN17, Dahlgren VA 22448-5170 .........1
US Army Space Agency, Peterson AFB 00 80914-5000 ............................. 1)
2 USSPACECOMR 102-2 20 April 1988

Chief, United States Space Command (USCINCSPACE), his representative, or the CAT
Director that USSPACECOM or component MINIMIZE be imposed based on:

(1) Direction from higher headquarters.

(2) Impact on component commands.

(3) Degree of operational necessity, based on present indicators or
past experience.

3. Authority:

a. Only the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) can impose worldwide MINIMIZE.
JCS-imposed MINIMIZE is transmitted by the Defense Communication Agency (DCA) so
notification to component commands is not required.

b. MINIMIZE is automatically imposed for the applicable defense readiness
condition (DEFCON).

Note: During exercises, MINIMIZE is imposed in accordance with ACP 121 and the
Joint Exercise Manual.

c. USSPACECOM MINIMIZE applies to USSPACECOM staff and component commands.

d. USSPACECOM component commands implement their own MINIMIZE instructions
within the framework of this regulation and applicable Service directives.

4. Implementing MINIMIZE:

a. Threshold Levels:

(1) Implementation of MINIMIZE for record and or voice communications
is recommended to USCINCSPACE, his representative, or the CAT Director by the
SPACC Battle Staff or CAT J4/6 representative when handling time for outgoing
message traffic exceeds these objectives:

(a) Emergency command procedures - 5 minutes.

(b) FLASH precedence - 10 minutes.

(c) IMMEDIATE precedence - 30 minutes.

(d) PRIORITY precedence - 3 hours.

(e) ROUTINE precedence - 6 hours.

(2) For record traffic, when traffic backlogs for PRIORITY and higher
precedence are delaying outgoing messages in excess of standards.

(3) For voice traffic, when mission service is being denied due to the
volume of traffic.

USSPACECOMR 102-2 20 April 1988 3

b. Implementing Procedures:

(1) USSPACECOM Component Commands:

(a) Monitor record and voice traffic within their areas using the
criteria in a above.

(b) Advise AFSPACECOM Systems Center (LKR) personnel that the
voice and or record traffic thresholds within their areas have been exceeded.
Systems Center personnel then advise the USSPACECOM SPACC Battle Staff or CAT,,
J4/6 representative of conditions that may warrant MINIMIZE and continue to
monitor the telecommunications situation.

(2) SPACC Battle Staff or CAT Directorate of Command Control Systems
and Logistics (j4/6) representative:

(a) When notified by AFSPACECOM Systems Center personnel that
telecommunications within (USSPACECOM have exceeded threshold levels, recommends
that USCINCSPACE, his representative, or the CAT Director implement MINIMIZE for
record and or voice traffic.

(b) When USCINCSPACE, his representative, or the CAT Director
directs MINIMIZE, requests the Space Director (SD) to release the MINIMIZE mes-
sage (see attachment 1).

(3) Space Director (SD):

(a) Upon notification, prepares and releases the message imposing
MINIMIZE (see format at attachment 1). The message is unclassified and uses an
IMMEDIATE precedence to permit rapid dissemination.

5. Control of Traffic During MINIMIZE:

a. Local Commanders who are Action Addressees on the USCINCSPACE MINIMIZE
Message:
(1) Instruct drafters and releasing authorities on procedures to reduce
message length.

(2) Control voice traffic.

(3) Inform communications facility commanders who provide communica-
tions service for that specific commander that MINIMIZE has been imposed.

(4) Limit the authority to release FLASH and IMMEDIATE messages during
MINIMIZE to the highest practicable level consistent with mission requirements.

(5) Establish procedures to ensure record traffic not meeting the MINI-
MIZE criteria is sent by other means (for example, mail or courier).

Note: Avoid "bulk filing" of traffic when MINIMIZE is canceled.

4 USSPACECOMR 102-2 20 April 1988

b. Releasing Authorities. Review record traffic to ensure:

(1) Electrical transmission is essential.

(2) The words "MINIMIZE CONSIDERED" are in the special instructions
block of DD Form 173-2, Joint Messageform, or in the remarks block of DO Form
1392, Data Messageform.

(3) The lowest precedence possible is used in the speed-of-service
objectives for message handling.

(4) ROUTINE precedence traffic is returned to the drafter of the mes-
sage with reasons for its return.

Note: Originating message centers segregate outgoing message traffic into
either PRIORITY and above or ROUTINE. They transmit PRIORITY and above traffic
and return ROUTINE to the originator to determine the need for electrical
transmission.

c. Telephone Switchboards. When directed by component commands:

(1) Advise the caller of MINIMIZE and ask if the call qualifies for
completion. Process subsequent calls according to the Joint Uniform Telephone
Communications Precedence System and NR 102-1, NORAD Tactical AUTOVON System.

(2) Impose trunk load control and a time limit for outgoing calls when
traffic backlog exists and the commander approves.

(3) Inform SPACC Battle Staff or CAT Directorate of Command Control
Systems and Logistics (J4/6) representative of action taken to impose MINIMIZE.

6. Canceling or Modifying MINIMIZE:

a. Threshold Levels. When threshold levels for record or voice traffic
have normalized and stabilized, MINIMIZE may be canceled or modified.

b. Cancellation or Modification Procedures:

(1) USSPACECOM Component Commands. Advise AFSPACECOM Systems Center,
(LKR) personnel that record and or voice traffic thresholds within their areas
are back to normal or reduced. When Systems Center personnel are satisfied that
record and or voice traffic within USSPACECOM is back to normal or reduced, they
advise the SPACC Battle Staff or CAT Directorate of Command Control Systems and
Logistics (J4/6) representative of conditions and recommend cancellation or
modification of MINIMIZE.

(2) SPACC Battle Staff or CAT Directorate of Command Control Systems and
Logistics (J4/6) representative:

(a) When notified that record and or voice traffic is back to nor-
mal or reduced, recommends to USCINCSPACE, his representative, or the CAT
Director that MINIMIZE be canceled or modified for record and or voice traffic.

USSPACECOMR 102-2 20 April 1988 5

(b) When directed, requests the Space Director to release the
message canceling or modifying MINIMIZE.

(3) Space Director. Upon notification by USCINCSPACE, his represen-
tative, or the CAT Director, drafts and releases the message modifying or can-
celling MINIMIZE (see attachment 1).

OFFICIAL JOHN L. PIOTROWSKI
General, USAF
Commander in Chief
G. A. STANSELL
Colonel, USAF 1 Attachment
Director of Information Management Sample MINIMIZE Notification Message

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE CHANGE 1
Headquarters United States Space Command USSPACECOM REGULATION 102-2
Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado 80914-5003 5 April 1991

Command and Control and Communications

CONTROL OF RECORD AND VOICE TRAFFIC
DURING ACTUAL OR SIMULATED ALERTS OR EMERGENCIES (MINIMIZE)

USSPACECOMR 102-2, 20 April 1988, is changed as follows:
1. Page-Insert Change. New or revised material is indicated by a

Remove Date Insert

5, 6 20 April 1988 5, 6

2. Write-in Changes:

Page Paragraph Line Action
1 Opening 3,4 Change "Systems Center (LKR)" to read
"Readiness Center (LKOR)II.

3 4b(l)(b) 1 Change "Systems Center (LKR)" to read
"Readiness Center (LKOR)".

3 4b(l)(b) 3 Change "Systems Center" to read "Readiness
Center".

3 4b(2)(a) 1 Change "Systems Center" to read "Readiness
Center (LYOR) ".

4 6b(i) 1 Change "Systems Center" to read "Readiness
Center (LKOR)".

4 6b(l) 3 Change "Systems Center" to read "Readiness
Center".

OFFICIAL DONALD J. KUTYNA
General, USAF
Commander in Chief

WAYNE R. HEINKE
Colonel, USAF
Director of Information Management

No. of Printed Pages: 3
Distribution: F;X (Same as basic.)

USSPACECOMR 102-2(CI) 5 April 1991 5

(b) When directed, requests the Space Director to release the
message canceling or modifying MINIMIZE.

(3) Space Director. Upon notification by USCINCSPACE, his
representative, or the CAT Director, drafts and releases the message modifying
or canceling MINIMIZE (see attachment 1).

OFFICIAL DONALD J. KUTYNA
General, USAF
Commander in Chief

WAYNE R. HEINKE 1 Attachment
Colonel USAF Sample MINIMIZE Notification Message
Director of Information Management