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Federal Long-Range Spectrum Plan

V. Plan for Federal Use of the Radio Frequency Spectrum

Federal use of the spectrum is guided by the National Table of Frequency Allocations and, in particular, the spectrum allocated for use by the Federal agencies. As is current practice, there is and will be a limited amount of Federal use of non-government frequency bands, as well as non-government use of Federal frequency bands. The use of shared bands will continue to require coordination between NTIA and the FCC.

The Federal agencies plan to use the spectrum for purposes documented in Part II of this Plan, in accordance with the regulations promulgated by NTIA in the Manual of Regulations & Procedures for Federal Radio Frequency Management (NTIA Manual). In general, the Federal Government plans to maintain current spectrum allocations as shown in the NTIA Manual, and modified by the national implementation of revisions resulting from international radio conferences, as shown in this Part. Further, the Federal Government has long-term requirements for additional spectrum allocations as detailed in Part IV. The satisfaction of Federal telecommunications requirements is heavily dependent on commercial providers, and for that reason, there is a strong Federal interest in the various rulemakings of the FCC.

The following sections are a planning version of the National Table consisting of current and planned Government allocations and usage above 30 MHz. The planned allocations are in accordance with the Report of the IRAC's Ad Hoc Group 206, implementing IRAC-approved revisions to the National Table as a result of the Final Acts of the 1992 World Administrative Radio Conference and the 1995 and 1997 World Radiocommunication Conferences.

Planning Version of the National Table

Acronyms and Abbreviations

ACC Air Combat Command

AC/S C4 Assistant Chief of Staff, Command, Control, Communications, and Computers

AETC Air Education and Training Command

AFCA Air Force Communications Agency

AFFMA Air Force Frequency Management Agency

AFMC Air Force Materiel Command

AFR Air Force Reserve

AFRC Air Force Reserve Command

AFSOC Air Force Special Operations Command

AFSPC Air Force Space Command

AIA Air Intelligence Agency

ALERT Advanced Law Enforcement Response Technology

ALMA Atacama Large Millimeter Array

AMC Air Mobility Command

ANG Air National Guard

APHIS Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

BATF Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms

BBG Broadcasting Board of Governors

BEP Bureau of Engraving and Printing

BOP Bureau of Prisons

C2 Command and Control

C2I Command, Control, and Intelligence

C4 Command, Control, Communications and Computer

C4I Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence

C4ISR Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance

CAF Combat Air Forces

C-E Communications-Electronics

CEC Cooperative Engagement Capability

CNO Chief of Naval Operations

CNO N6 Director, Space Information Warfare, Command and Control, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations

CONUS Continental United States

DCS Defense Communications System

DEA Drug Enforcement Administration

DHHS Department of Health and Human Services

DISA Defense Information Systems Agency

DOD Department of Defense

DOE Department of Energy

DON Department of Navy

DOS Department of State

DRU Direct Reporting Unit

DS Diplomatic Security

DSCS Defense Satellite Communications System

DUITS Digital, Ubiquitous, Interoperable, Transparent, and Secure

EA Electronic Attack

EAF Expeditionary Air Force

ECCM Electronic Counter-Countermeasures

ECM Electronic Countermeasures

EHF Extra high frequency

EVA Extra Vehicluar Activity

FAA Federal Aviation Administration

FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation

FCC Federal Communications Commission

FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency

FLETC Federal Law Enforcement Training Center

FOA Field Operating Agencies

FS Forest Service

FSS Fixed-Satellite Service

FWPC Federal Wireless Policy Committee

GHz Gigahertz

GOES Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite

GPS Global Positioning System

GSA General Services Administration

HF High Frequency

IHS Indian Health Service

IMT International Mobile Telecommunications

INS Immigration and Naturalization Service

IRAC Interdepartment Radio Advisory Committee

IRS Immigration and Naturalization Service

IRS-CID Immigration and Naturalization Service-Criminal Investigative Division

ITU International Telecommunication Union

IT21 Information Technology for the 21st Century

kHz Kilohertz

MAJCOM Major Command

MHz Megahertz

MSS Mobile-Satellite Service

NAIC National Atmosphere and Ionosphere Center

NAS National Airspace System

NASA National Aeronautics And Space Administration

NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization

NAVAIRSYSCOM Naval Air Systems Command

NAVEMSCEN Naval Electromagnetic Spectrum Center

NAVSEASYSCOM Naval Sea Systems Command

NCAR National Center for Atmospheric Research

NCW Network Centric Warfare

NEMS National Emergency Management System

NESDIS National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service

NIH National Institute of Health

NIST National Institute of Standards and Technology

NMFS National Marine Fisheries Service

NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

NOAO National Optical Astronomy Observatories

NOS National Ocean Service

NRAO National Radio Astronomy Observatory

NRCS Natural Resources Conservation Service

NSF National Science Foundation

NTC National Training Center

NTIA National Telecommunications and Information Administration

NTS Naval Telecommunications System

NWS National Weather Service

(OR) Off Route

OMFTS Operational Maneuver From the Sea

OPNAV Office of the Chief of Naval Operations

PACAF Pacific Air Force

PCS Personal Communications Service

PD Program Directorate

PDD Presidential Decision Directive

PEO Program Executive Office

PHS Public Health Service

(R) Route

RCS Radio Conference Subcommittee

RF Radio Frequency

SARSAT Search And Rescue Satellite

SHF Super High Frequency

SPAWARSYSCOM Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command


TDRSS Tracking and Data Relay Satellites

TIGTA Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration

TT&C Tracking, Telemetry and Command

UHF Ultra High Frequency

USAF U.S. Air Force

USAFE U.S. Air Forces in Europe

USCENTCOM U.S. Central Command

USCG U.S. Coast Guard

USCS U.S. Customs Service

USDA U.S. Department of Agriculture

USJFCOM U.S. Joint Forces Command

USMS U.S. Marshals Service

USP U.S. and its Possessions

USPS U.S. Postal Service

USSOUTHCOM U.S. Southern Command

USSS U.S. Secret Service

USSTRATCOM U.S. Strategic Command

VA Department of Veterans Affairs

VHF Very High Frequency

VLA Very Large Array

VLBA Very Long Baseline Array

VOA Voice of America

WRC World Radiocommunication Conference

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