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National Security System

Statutory Law

44 U.S.C. § 3532(b)(2) (2010) (Title 44—Chapter 35: Coordination of Federal Information Policy—Subchapter II: Information Security)

[NOTE: While Subchapter III (44 U.S.C. §§ 3541 et seq.) is in effect Subchapter II [44 U.S.C. §§ 3531 et seq.] shall not apply.]

(b) Additional definitions.  As used in this subchapter [44 U.S.C. §§ 3531 et seq.]—
   (2) the term "national security system" means any information system (including any telecommunications system) used or operated by an agency or by a contractor of an agency, or other organization on behalf of an agency, the function, operation, or use of which—
      (A) involves intelligence activities;
      (B) involves cryptologic activities related to national security;
      (C) involves command and control of military forces;
      (D) involves equipment that is an integral part of a weapon or weapons system; or
      (E) is critical to the direct fulfillment of military or intelligence missions provided that this definition does not apply to a system that is used for routine administrative and business applications (including payroll, finance, logistics, and personnel management applications);

44 U.S.C. § 3542(b)(2) (2010) (Title 44—Chapter 35: Coordination of Federal Information Policy—Subchapter III: Information Security)

[NOTE: While Subchapter III (44 U.S.C. §§ 3541 et seq.) is in effect Subchapter II [44 U.S.C. §§ 3531 et seq.] shall not apply.]

(b) Additional definitions.  As used in this subchapter [44 U.S.C. §§ 3541 et seq.]:
   (2) (A) The term "national security system" means any information system (including any telecommunications system) used or operated by an agency or by a contractor of an agency, or other organization on behalf of an agency—
         (i) the function, operation, or use of which—
            (I) involves intelligence activities;
            (II) involves cryptologic activities related to national security;
            (III) involves command and control of military forces;
            (IV) involves equipment that is an integral part of a weapon or weapons system; or
            (V) subject to subparagraph (B), is critical to the direct fulfillment of military or intelligence missions; or
         (ii) is protected at all times by procedures established for information that have been specifically authorized under criteria established by an Executive order or an Act of Congress to be kept classified in the interest of national defense or foreign policy.
      (B) Subparagraph (A)(i)(V) does not include a system that is to be used for routine administrative and business applications (including payroll, finance, logistics, and personnel management applications).