What is a Combat Support Agency?

Introduction

Combat support agency (CSA) is a designation by the United States Department of Defence (DoD) of those defence agencies that provide department-level and tactical support to the US military during combat operations.

Organisation of the US Department of Defence, including CSA designations (December 2013).

Background

The designation was first outlined by the Goldwater-Nichols Department of Defence Reorganisation Act of 1986, with subsequent additions based on the department’s needs. The designation includes several intelligence agencies under DoD, which have a national mandate in addition to their departmental combat support role.

Combat Support Agencies

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