SecDef Comms Support

SECRETARY OF DEFENSE COMMUNICATIONS

Secretary of Defense Communications (SDC) is an element of the Defense Information Systems Agency’s Joint Service Provider.

SDC provides dedicated communications support, decision support, and situational awareness services to the secretary and deputy secretary of defense, their immediate offices, and designated special emissaries. Support and services include:

  • Designing, procuring, implementing, operating, and maintaining high availability, interoperable, certified and accredited, multi-security level voice, video, and data services
  • Providing cybersecurity and computer network defense.
  • Operating the Defense Telephone Link (DTL) network to provide the secretary of defense with the capability to talk securely to foreign ministers of defense and other foreign leaders.
  • Operating and maintaining the Executive Support Complex, which consists of the Executive Support Center, Global Situational Awareness Facility, communications platforms for use during travel, at residences, and at various alternate sites.

The Secretary of Defense Communications Cables Division, staffed by active duty military personnel, provides all communications services for the secretary of defense, deputy secretary of defense, and their immediate offices. The division serves as the operational information management and command and control support center, providing strategic information and situational awareness through:

  • A 24/7 watch floor presence.
  • Comprehensive voice, video, and data services across all security enclaves.
  • Information and knowledge management.
  • Call center support providing rapid establishment of telephone connections via a wide array of classified and non-classified systems, including the DTL network.
  • An organizational messaging center for the secretary and deputy secretary of defense, their immediate offices, and other entities receiving SDC support.
  • Collaboration with the National Military Command Center.

Career Opportunities

Military personnel assigned to the SDC Cables Division ensure the secretary of defense’s dynamic information and communications requirements are met, and liaise daily with senior military and civilian officials from the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Joint Staff, Congress, the White House, cabinet agencies, and foreign ministries of defense.

The more common military occupational specialties within SDC Cables are listed below; however, personnel with extensive operational experience are eligible to apply. Personnel interested in working in SDC Cables must apply through their respective military service branch process. Incumbents serve as an executive support officer (watch officer) or executive support supervisor (watch noncommissioned officer).

For more information, please contact cableschief@sd.mil at 703-692-7001/7003.

Service

 

Grade

Military Occupational Specialty

Air Force Seal
Air Force

Enlisted

E6-E8

1C371, 1D173

Officer

O3-O5

17D 13N 16G

Army Seal
Army

Enlisted

E6-E8

25B, 25U

Officer

O3-O5

25A, O1A

Navy Seal
Navy

Enlisted

E6-E8

IT, OS

Officer

O3-O5

1800 series (IP/IW)

Marine Corps Seal
Marine Corps

Enlisted

E6-E8

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