1. There are a significant number of stakeholders
and structures involved in crisis management. These include political
structures, professional structures, scientific and technical
interest groups and agencies, which for important legal and constitutional
reasons are operationally independent. In broad terms, the purpose
of the command structure is to co-ordinate all participants involved
in managing the crisis.
Command and Control of a terrorist incident
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2. The following should be noted:
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3. Command and Control arrangements for
a civil contingency, including consequence management, are outlined
4. The following should be noted:
The Prime Minister, the Home Secretary
or senior Minister present can chair the CCC (Ministerial), or
CCC (Officials) as well as a Minister from the lead department.
CCC has representatives from all
interested departments and agencies.
CCC is responsible for formulating
and advising upon policy. There is no formal chain of command
below CCC (Officials) (except in the case of the normal military
5. As is shown in the above diagrams, both
COBR and CCC operate at two levels:
Ministerial Level. MoD representation
would usually be the Minister for the Armed Forces.
Official Level. At Official level the
MoD representatives would usually be at 1 Star/Senior Civil Service
6. Within the MoD, terrorist incidents are
handled by the Defence Crisis Management Centre in the same way
as for other operations.
7. At the scene of any incident, the Army
will be the lead Service for any bi- or tri- Service MACA deployments,
utilising HQ LAND and the regional Divisional/District HQs or
HQ Northern Ireland, as appropriate. * * *
* * * Throughout any incident, all military
forces will operate in support of the appropriate civil authority,
but never under its command. This basic command structure has
not changed since 11 September.