Special Briefing - Original Classification Authority (OCA)
- Target audience: Original Classification Authorities
- What's covered: As mandated in the DoD 5200.1-R, the
security training for OCAs must explain who is authorized to
classify information and the standards to follow when
classifying information. The training also addresses the
differences between original and derivative classification, the
process for determining how long information can remain
classified (duration), basic marking procedures, general
standards for declassification, and the requirements for
creating, maintaining and updating security classification
- Training Resources:
Special Briefing - Courier
Target audience: Cleared personnel, whether U.S. military, government
civilians, or DoD contractors, who are couriers for the Defense Courier
Service or will be hand carrying or escorting classified material.
- Procedures for handling classified information while in transit
- Modes of authorized transportation
- Authorized destinations of classified hand carried or escorted classified materials
- Emergency points of contact
- Transmission and Transportation Web-based Training Course (2 hours)
Special Briefing - NATO
Target audience: Personnel who have a valid need to work with NATO
classified information. Access to NATO classified information requires a
security clearance at the same classification level as the NATO information
*Information designated as NATO RESTRICTED does not require a
- Security requirements for handling classified NATO information
- Consequences of negligent handling of NATO information
- Individuals must complete a statement acknowledging receipt of the
NATO indoctrination briefing and their responsibility to safeguard NATO
*Annual refresher training must be conducted to reinforce
*When NATO access is terminated or no longer needed, the
individual must be debriefed as to their continued
responsibility for safeguarding classified NATO information.
*Records of attendance & topics covered should be kept for
all initial, refresher, and termination briefings.
NATO Classification Markings
- COMSIC TOP SECRET (CTS)
- NATO SECRET (NS)
- NATO CONFIDENTIAL (NC)
- NATO RESTRICTED (NR)
- ATOMAL information is marked:
- COSMIC TOP SECRET ATOMAL (CTSA)
- NATO SECRET ATOMAL (NSA)
- NATO CONFIDENTIAL ATOMAL (NCA)
- ATOMAL applies to:
- U.S. RESTRICTED DATA or FORMELRY RESTRICTED DATA
- United Kingdom Atomic Information released to NATO
Special Briefing - CNWDI
CNWDI stands for "Critical Nuclear Design Information"
Target audience: Personnel with a final SECRET or TOP SECRET security
clearance whose position requires access to CNWDI information.
- Definition of CNWDI
- Discussion of the sensitivity of CNWDI information
- Regulations explained in DoD Directive 5210.2, Access to and
Dissemination of Restricted Data (including special CNWDI markings and
transmission and other special handling requirements)
*Employees must receive an oral debriefing upon termination of access.
*Records of all employees with CNWDI access, as well as briefing and
debriefing records, must be retained for two or three years, depending on
Frequently Asked CNWDI Questions
QUESTION: What is CNWDI?
Critical Nuclear Weapon Design Information (CWNDI) is Top Secret or Secret
Restricted Data that reveals the theory of operation or design of the
components of a thermonuclear or implosion type fission bomb, warhead,
demolition munitions, or test device. Specifically excluded is information
concerning arming, fusing and firing systems; limited life components; and
total contained quantities of fissionable, fusionable and high explosive
material by type. Among these excluded items are the components that DoD
personnel set, maintain, operate, test, or replace.
QUESTION: Who may have access to CNWDI?
Access to and dissemination of CNWDI is of particular concern due to the
extreme sensitivity of this type of information. Access must be limited to
the absolute minimum number of persons needed to meet mission requirements.
QUESTION: Are there any special requirements and procedures for controlling
Yes, the following applies:
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- The individual must have a final Top Secret or Secret security
- Except in rare instances, only U.S. citizens will be granted access
- CNWDI access within the command is governed by clearance and
verification of need-to-know. Certifying officials will not automatically
approve requests for access to CNWDI, but will insist upon full
justification and will reject any requests that are not completely
justified. Certifying officials have a special responsibility to insure that
this "need-to-know" principle is strictly enforced.
- CNWDI access at DoE facilities must be handled using DoE Visit
Request Form 5631.20. This Visit Request Form must be submitted via an
appropriate certifying official (limited to those listed in DoD Directive
5210.2) to the Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Technical and
Environment Support (DP-45), Department of Energy, Washington DC 20585.
Allow 2-6 weeks for processing. Approval from DP-45 must be granted before
the visit request will be forwarded to the DoE facility to be visited.