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The National Military Command Center (NMCC)

The National Military Command Center (NMCC) is located in the Joint Chiefs of Staff area of the Pentagon.  In its nuclear role, the NMCC is responsible for generating Emergency Action Messages (EAMs) to launch control centers, nuclear submarines, recon aircraft and battlefield commanders worldwide.  This was the first purpose of the NMCC.  Now, the NMCC is essentially the control center for the entire military - a central clearinghouse.  The NMCC now provides continuous monitoring and coordination of worldwide military operations. It directly supports commanders, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, the Secretary of Defense and the President in the command and control of U.S. armed forces in peacetime, contingencies and war.

The National Military Command Center is located within the Pentagon.  The NMCC includes several functional areas.  The largest is the "Current Actions Center", a basketball court sized two-story tall room filled with desks topped by computers and communication equipment.  These photos of the NMCC appear to have been taken in the late 1970's or the 1980's based on the equipment in use and the hairstyles and clothing of the civilians.

The National Military Command Center is located within the Pentagon.  The NMCC includes several functional areas.  The largest is the "Current Actions Center", a basketball court sized two-story tall room filled with desks topped by computers and communication equipment.  These photos of the NMCC appear to have been taken in the late 1970's or the 1980's based on the equipment in use and the hairstyles and clothing of the civilians.
This first photo is taken from one end of the CAC and gives a good idea of the size and height of the room.  This photo was probably taken in the 1970's or early 1980's.
This is a more recent photo of the CAC.  Note the appearance of many more computers and copiers which mimic those currently available.  The visible computer screen at the bottom of the photo, however, is a monochrome display.  Note the EMP shielding on on many of the computers and displays.  The television screens hanging on the wall to the right are status displays (DEFCON status appears to be visible in one).
This appears to be the NMCC commander's office.  It is located at the end of the CAC in both of the above photos. 

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