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The UNSC Defense Council was an executive UNSC governmental committee that presided over and oversaw all major military decisions made by UNSC High Command. It consisted of five Senators, of which one was appointed the Chairperson of the Defense Council and moderated its conduct. The Defense Council was responsible with frequently meeting the Joint Chiefs of Staff to discuss the operations of Central Command and to either approve or disapprove of its actions. It was established several months after the end of the Human-Covenant War.

Its predecessor was the UNSC Security Committee, but with the end of the Human-Covenant War, the civilian government insisted on repealing of military martial law and civilian control over the UNSC Defense Force.

Because of the Defense Council's interference with the Defense Force's autonomy, it gained notoreity in the UNSC armed forces.

UNSC Defense Force
Executive Commands
UNSC Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) · UNSC Defense Council (DEFCON) · UNSC High Command (HIGHCOM) · UNSC Strategic Command (STRATCOM)
Uniformed Services
UNSC Army · UNSC Marine Corps · UNSC Medical Corps · UNSC Navy · UNSC Office of Naval Intelligence · UNSC Special Operations Command
Individual Commands
UNSC Department of Strategic Intelligence (STRATINTEL) · UNSC Fifth Fleet · UNSC Fleet Intelligence (FLEETINTEL) · UNSC Naval Special Warfare Command (NAVSPECWARCOM) · UNSC Strategic Weapons Command (STRATWEPCOM)
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