The Cardassian Union's Central Command--occasionally referred to as High Command controls the Union's military forces. All units of the Cardassian Guard directly report to Central Command. (DS9: "Profit and Loss", et al.)
Central Command was founded along with the Cardassian Union in Terran calendar year 1870. Over the span of its existence, Central Command consolidated its power to a point where just prior to the 24th century Detapa Uprising, it was the de facto ruling agency of the Union countered only by the machinations of the powerful Obsidian Order. During this period, the full forces of the military reported to Central Command as well as other agencies such as the Science Ministry that on other worlds would have reported to civilian leaders. (DS9: "Defiant", "Destiny", Star Trek: Sigils and Unions: "A Weaver of Lives")
- The exact date of the Cardassian Union's founding is not established in canon, but known to be in the 19th century. In the Sigils and Unions continuity, the Union is established to have existed for 506 years as of 2376 (assuming equivalency between Terran and Cardassian years), leading to a founding date of 1870.
In 2372, following the virtual eradication of the Obsidian Order at the Battle of the Omarion Nebula, the Cardassian dissident movement successfully overthrew Central Command, re-establishing the civilian Detapa Council as the primary ruling body of the Union. It is unknown what role Central Command would have been assigned under civilian rule; shortly thereafter the Cardassian Union found itself facing Klingon aggression and not long after that, Gul Dukat handed the Union over to Dominion rule.
As a result, the stock of Central Command rose greatly once more--but this time under a progressively tightening noose of Dominion authority: first under Dukat, then under Damar, and finally Broca when Damar rebelled.
Central Command itself is located on Cardassia Prime. Its halls are protected by solid neutronium blast doors impenetrable to all but the most potent explosives. Nonetheless, its campus was severely damaged and casualties inside were severe following the Battle of Cardassia. (DS9: "What You Left Behind")
The leadership of Central Command was known as High Command and comprised of the commanders of the orders and other senior officers and military personnel. (The Dominion War Sourcebook: The Fires of Armageddon)
The following personnel are known to have served at some time at Central Command proper on Cardassia Prime:
- Legate Tekeny Ghemor (until exile in 2371)
- Gul Dukat (until mental breakdown in 2374)
- Legate Damar (until rebellion in 2375)
- Legate Broca (until execution in 2375)
- Glinn Bresul Yejain (until transfer to CUW Sherouk)
- Riyăk Eprasiy