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Committee NameU.S. Strategic Command Strategic Advisory GroupAgency NameDepartment of Defense
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number441
Original Establishment Date5/1/1968Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*20
Current Charter Date5/31/2018Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Designated Federal Officer
Date Of Renewal Charter5/31/2020Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*John
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameL
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Trefz
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer SuffixJr
Specific Establishment Authority*Secretary of Defense DeterminationDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(402) 294-4102
Effective Date Of Authority*1/5/1968Designated Federal Officer Fax*(402) 294-3128
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Scientific Technical Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*During Fiscal Year 2019, the United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) met the objectives stated in its charter by providing scientific, technical, intelligence, and policy-related advice across a wide spectrum of topics affecting the development and maintenance of the national nuclear war plan. In response to Presidential taskings, the SAG’s Stockpile Assessment Team completed its annual, in-depth examination of the condition of the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile. The Commander, USSTRATCOM, sponsored the conference to better assess the safety and reliability of the nation's stockpile, and to assess the effects of aging and necessary modifications on the development of the national nuclear war plan. Having done this, the Commander, USSTRATCOM, was able to advise the Secretary of Defense on his confidence in the safety and reliability of the stockpile, and its ability to meet deterrence requirements.During the two Plenary sessions, both held at Offutt AFB, the group and select USSTRATCOM staff both received and provided input to the SAG in a variety of areas. The SAG reviewed their taskings from the Commander, USSTRATCOM, updated their progress, and made appropriate changes. This forum allowed for the interchange of information between the members and the staff and provided the opportunity to brainstorm possibilities which may not have been previously considered viable.
How is membership balanced?*SAG membership consists of nationally-renowned civilian and military analysts and scientists who are actively engaged in scientific or analytical fields associated with nuclear weapons effects; weapons systems vulnerabilities; national command, control and communications; or other important aspects of strategic war-fighting systems. Candidates are carefully selected for SAG membership to ensure they represent those segments of the scientific, technical, or defense community in which they work. This affords the Commander, USSTRATCOM, multiple and divergent points of view on issues affecting strategic war planning.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The SAG convenes for semi-annual plenary sessions at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. Deliberations during these sessions focus on the key issues and findings of the SAG and selected staff presentations. The SAG investigates and assesses evolving intelligence collections technologies; strategic weapons technologies; the survivability, offensive/defensive integration, and connectivity of the strategic war planning process; the impact of policy changes on the ability of the Nation's strategic war plans to satisfy national security objectives; and information security. The SAG reports the results of their research to the Commander, USSTRATCOM, during duly convened SAG plenaries. The SAG represents an important link between USSTRATCOM and both the civilian and government scientific and technical communities and provides invaluable advice to the Commander, USSTRATCOM, on technical issues having a direct impact on the development of the national nuclear war plan. As such, the SAG should continue to provide its vital contributions toward enhancing the U.S. strategic war fighting plans.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Secretary of Defense has determined that no other DoD advisory committee can provide the independent advice provided by the SAG on matters concerning the USSTRATCOM mission.
Why close or partially close meetings?Meetings are not closed to the public unless the DoD determines that items on the planned agenda meet the closed meeting provisions of 5 U.S.C. § 552b(c). Pursuant to DoD policy closed meetings can only be authorized by the DoD Sponsor, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and only after consultation with the Chairman's Legal Advisor.
Recommendation RemarksAdvice and recommendations are provided to the Commander, USSTRATCOM, in semi-annual, face-to-face plenary sessions. The Minutes of the 100th Strategic Advisory Group Plenary, 28-30 November 2018, and 101st Strategic Advisory Group Plenary, 10-11 May 2019, contain classified material. A copy is retained and archived in USSTRATCOM/J030. The costs associated with the subcommittees are interwoven with the parent committee, and cannot be separated. These meetings were held in closed session due to the classified discussions that occurred.

Department of Defense (DoD) policy between fiscal year 2007 and 2011 required that subcommittee members be listed separately in the subcommittee section of GSA’s Database, even if they were duly appointed members of the parent committee. This policy, in some instances, caused a duplication of entries.

Beginning in fiscal year 2012, DoD will only list in the subcommittee section of GSA’s Database those who are appointed to just a subcommittee. If an individual is appointed to the parent committee and to one of the committee’s authorized subcommittees then his or her subcommittee affiliation will be reflected in the parent committee membership section of GSA’s Database.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationYes
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentNA
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentHiring private consultants to provide this calibre of expertise would be prohibitively expensive.Grants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*492Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentRecommendations are provided to the Commander, USSTRATCOM, in semi-annual plenary sessions. This number reflects recommendations for FY10, FY11, FY12, FY13, FY14, FY15, FY16, F17, FY18 and FY19 not the life of the committee. The committee was established in 1968; therefore, it would be difficult to compile the number of recommendaitons for the life of the committee.Access Agency WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented*68.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThis number reflects percent of recommendations fully implemented for FY10, FY11, FY12, FY13, FY14, FY15, FY16, FY17, FY18 and FY19.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*23.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentThis number reflects percent of recommendations partially implemented for FY10, FY11, FY 13, FY14, FY16, FY17, FY18 and FY19. There were no recommendations partially implemented in FY12 and FY15.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback CommentCDR USSTRATCOM provides comments in semi-annual meetings as well a flag officer and liaison officer interaction at the panel meetings.Narrative Description*USSTRATCOM's mission has been expanded to establish and provide full-spectrum global strike, coordinated space, information operations, and combating WMD capabilities to meet both deterrent and decisive national security objectives. Provide operational space support, integrated missile defense, global C4ISR, and specialized planning expertise to the joint warfighter. The SAG has adapted to support these new mission areas with the establishment of panels to concentrate expertise in space, global strike, and information operations. The Stockpile Assessment Team continues to provide advice and recommendations for the nuclear war planning mission. The Science & Technology, Policy, and Intelligence Panels continue to provide support across the scope of traditional and new missions.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$271,372.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$282,227.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$138,475.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$144,014.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$3,795.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$9,100.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$121,631.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$126,496.00
Total Costs$535,273.00Est. Total Next FY*$561,837.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*3.00Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*3.00
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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-029713Stockpile Assessment Team2019


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-033066U.S. Strategic Command Strategic Advisory Group2018
 COM-001381U.S. Strategic Command Strategic Advisory Group2017
 COM-002975U.S. Strategic Command Strategic Advisory Group2016
 COM-003454U.S. Strategic Command Strategic Advisory Group2015
 COM-005005U.S. Strategic Command Strategic Advisory Group2014
 COM-005663U.S. Strategic Command Strategic Advisory Group2013
 COM-007161U.S. Strategic Command Strategic Advisory Group2012
 COM-007774U.S. Strategic Command Strategic Advisory Group2011
 COM-009376U.S. Strategic Command Strategic Advisory Group2010
 COM-009880U.S. Strategic Command Strategic Advisory Group2009
 COM-011263U.S. Strategic Command Strategic Advisory Group2008
 COM-011706U.S. Strategic Command Strategic Advisory Group2007
 COM-013172U.S. Strategic Command Strategic Advisory Group2006
 COM-013548U.S. Strategic Command Strategic Advisory Group2005
 COM-015082U.S. Strategic Command Strategic Advisory Group2004
 COM-015427U.S. Strategic Command Strategic Advisory Group2003
 COM-017020U.S. Strategic Command Strategic Advisory Group2002
 COM-017377U.S. Strategic Command Strategic Advisory Group2001
 COM-018885U.S. Strategic Command Strategic Advisory Group2000
 COM-019334U.S. Strategic Command Strategic Advisory Group1999
 COM-020839U.S. Strategic Command Strategic Advisory Group1998
 COM-021217U.S. Strategic Command Strategic Advisory Group1997