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for cooperation and coordination betweentheir two departments.(9) Nothing in this directive impairs orotherwise affects the authority of the Sec-retary of Defense over the Department of Defense, including the chain of commandfor military forces from the President asCommander in Chief, to the Secretary of Defense, to the commander of military forces, or military command and controlprocedures. The Secretary of Defense shallprovide military support to civil authoritiesfor domestic incidents as directed by thePresident or when consistent with military readiness and appropriate under the cir-cumstances and the law. The Secretary of Defense shall retain command of military forces providing civil support. The Sec-retary of Defense and the Secretary shallestablish appropriate relationships andmechanisms for cooperation and coordina-tion between their two departments.(10) The Secretary of State has the re-sponsibility, consistent with other UnitedStates Government activities to protect ournational security, to coordinate internationalactivities related to the prevention, prepara-tion, response, and recovery from a domes-tic incident, and for the protection of United States citizens and United Statesinterests overseas. The Secretary of Stateand the Secretary shall establish appro-priate relationships and mechanisms for co-operation and coordination between theirtwo departments.(11) The Assistant to the President forHomeland Security and the Assistant to thePresident for National Security Affairs shallbe responsible for interagency policy co-ordination on domestic and international in-cident management, respectively, as di-rected by the President. The Assistant tothe President for Homeland Security andthe Assistant to the President for NationalSecurity Affairs shall work together to en-sure that the United States domestic andinternational incident management effortsare seamlessly united.(12) The Secretary shall ensure that, asappropriate, information related to domes-tic incidents is gathered and provided tothe public, the private sector, State andlocal authorities, Federal departments andagencies, and, generally through the Assist-ant to the President for Homeland Security,to the President. The Secretary shall pro- vide standardized, quantitative reports tothe Assistant to the President for HomelandSecurity on the readiness and preparednessof the Nation—at all levels of govern-ment—to prevent, prepare for, respond to,and recover from domestic incidents.(13) Nothing in this directive shall beconstrued to grant to any Assistant to thePresident any authority to issue orders toFederal departments and agencies, their of-ficers, or their employees.
(14) The heads of all Federal depart-ments and agencies are directed to providetheir full and prompt cooperation, re-sources, and support, as appropriate andconsistent with their own responsibilitiesfor protecting our national security, to theSecretary, the Attorney General, the Sec-retary of Defense, and the Secretary of State in the exercise of the individual lead-ership responsibilities and missions assignedin paragraphs (4), (8), (9), and (10), respec-tively, above.(15) The Secretary shall develop, submitfor review to the Homeland Security Coun-cil, and administer a National IncidentManagement System (NIMS). This system will provide a consistent nationwide ap-proach for Federal, State, and local govern-ments to work effectively and efficiently to-gether to prepare for, respond to, and re-cover from domestic incidents, regardlessof cause, size, or complexity. To providefor interoperability and compatibility amongFederal, State, and local capabilities, theNIMS will include a core set of concepts,principles, terminology, and technologiescovering the incident command system;multi-agency coordination systems; unified