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Originally posted by Chiiru
Off topic: Yeah but brad pitt's boogers cure cancer.... Or was that Chuck norris?
anyway... so much stuff flowin about involving the next week its hard to tell whats gonna or whats not gonna happen :s
[edit on 10-9-2007 by Chiiru]
Originally posted by princeofpeace
So everytime old weapons are being transported to be destroyed or "decomissioned", we automatically go to DEFCON 3 because we are moving stuff? Im not quite sure im buying that one.
The defense readiness condition(DEFCON) is a measure of the activation and readiness level of the United States Armed Forces. It describes progressive postures for use between the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the commanders of unified commands. DEFCONs are matched to the situations of military severity. Standard peacetime protocol is DEFCON 5, descending in increasingly severe situations. DEFCON 1 represents expectation of actual imminent attack, and it has never been declared, except perhaps partially during the Gulf War in 1991. DEFCON 3 was declared on 9/11. A nationwide DEFCON primarily, but not necessarily, refers to strategic nuclear forces, those forces that can take on a strategic nuclear mission, and those forces and bases that support strategic nuclear forces. Conventional forces have their own sets of orders and alerts under the DEFCON system as well. Some of which I have listed below.
This is the condition used to designate normal peacetime military readiness. An upgrade in military preparedness is typically made by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and announced by the United States Secretary of Defense.
This refers to normal, increased intelligence and the heightening of national security measures. Readiness remained at this level throughout most of the Cold War.
This refers to an increase to force readiness above normal. Radio call signs used by American forces change to currently-classified call signs.
This refers to a further increase in force readiness just below maximum readiness. It has been declared only once, during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
This refers to maximum readiness. It is not certain whether this has ever been used, but it is reserved for imminent or ongoing attack on US military forces or US territory by a foreign military power. Use of nuclear weapons can (but not nessecarily are) authorized at DEFCON1.