The Operations (J3) directorate is the
Continental Staff System
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branch of the U.S. DOD
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responsible for military operations.
It is the third level of the US National Level Command Structure, primarily assists the
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
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(CJCS) in carrying out responsibilities as the principal military advisor to the President and Secretary of Defense. Operations develops and provides guidance to the Combatant Commanders; relays communications between the President, Secretary of Defense, Combatant Commanders regarding current operations and plans.
It is headed by the Director, Operations, staff code J3, a two-star
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National Military Command Center
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(NMCC) is part of the J3 directorate.
Joint Chiefs of Staff