How to understand the defcon scale

The current defcon level overall is now at defcon 4 today as there is a raised CENTCOM alert level (Central Command) for the Middle East region due to airstrikes by U.S. and drone strikes by Iran backed militias as well as a raised AFRICOM alert level due to an airstrike in Somalia.

If the current defcon level changes from the level it is at now currently, it will be reflected on the alert status above as well as in any of the Regional News Pages, where you will also find the current defcon level alert status for each combatant command region and up to date news and news ticker for each region.

LIVE Important Warning System Updates

August 4, 2021 – The US carried out its third strike on Somalia in two weeks on August 1st in support of Somali government forces around Qeycad according to US Military. Read more

August 3, 2021 – The United States has requested that 24 Russian diplomats leave the U.S. once their Visas expire on September 3rd. Read more

August 3, 2021 – After an Iranian attack on an Israeli managed oil tanker Mercer Street that killed two people, the West, including Israel and the United states has vowed a ‘collective’ response as escalation, or ‘stepping up’ of hostilities between the west and Iran continue to mount. Read more

August 3, 2021 – The Taliban have taken over a television station in Helmand, Afghanistan amidst new US airstrikes in Herat, Kandahar and Lashkar Gah. Read more

August 3, 2021 – Airstrikes carried out by the US military has killed at least 40 Taliban terrorists in the province of Helmand, Afghanistan according to the Ministry of Defense. Read more

July 29, 2021 – On Tuesday Joe Biden stated that if it ends up that the United States gets into a “real shooting war” with a “major power” it could be the result of a large scale cyber attack on the United States. Read more

July 28, 2021 – The US Air Force is currently developing the AGM-183A, or hypersonic Air Launched Rapid Response Weapon capable of going mach 7 speeds which is seven times the speed of sound, or over 5,370 miles per hour. Read more

July 27, 2021 – During a parade for Russian Naval forces in St. Petersburg, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that their hypersonic missiles, capable of being fashioned with a nuclear warhead ‘can locate and inflict inevitable strike’ on their enemies. Read more

July 25, 2021 – A top US general has said that the US will continue to carry out air strikes in support of Afghan forces who are fighting the Taliban. Read more

July 24, 2021 – Venezuela has accused the United States of violating its airspace in what they call a ‘flagrant provocation’ and stated that they would ‘respond forcefully’ to any maneuver it saw as aggressive behavior. Read more

July 23, 2021 – The Pentagon announced The U.S. military has carried the second airstrike in Somalia, Africa this week against al-Shabaab terrorists, which are reported to have ties to Al Qaeda. Read more

July 20, 2021 – Russia has issued a warning to the United States from deploying hypersonic missiles in Europe, saying that it could lead to ‘inadvertent conflict’. Read more

June 28, 2021 – Following airstrikes by the United States in Syria and Iraq, Iranian backed militia forces have declared open war on the United States. Read more

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How to understand the defcon scale

Let’s start with an explanation of what is the DEFCON scale from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DEFCON:

The DEFCON system was developed by the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) and unified and specified combatant commands. [2] It prescribes five graduated levels of readiness (or states of alert) for the U.S. military. It increases in severity from DEFCON 5 (least severe) to DEFCON 1 (most severe) to match varying military situations.

and a picture of the final result to better understand how it look like

How to understand the defcon scale

Hardware

The scale is made in wood with 9 LEDs behind each level/number

How to understand the defcon scale

The logic of the scale comes from an arduino Micro with a BLE sparkfun BLE module “SparkFun Bluetooth Mate Silver – https://www.sparkfun.com/products/12576 ” (which is not used for now). The Arduino is powered by 9V regulated from the 12V main power (used for LED). Each number back light is control by a MOSFET (P30N06LE) driven by the Arduino. There are also 2 buttons for tests to increase/decrease the level.

How to understand the defcon scale

Software

Arduino

The arduino micro communicate with a computer using USB to receive the level it should set on the scale. It will do that buy driving 5 MOSFET to light the proper panel. It also listen to press on 2 buttons to raise/decrease the level (for test purpose). The code is quite simple.

The scale communicate with a computer to receive its level it should set. The level is computed from my work company issue tracking tool. The computation part code interface with some of my company API and is thus not part of the code…. You will have to code your logic in the python code in the function “getSeverity” which should return an integer between 5 (low level) and 1 (critical level) as the DEFCON standard 😉

The python part should be put in a crontab to regularly update the scale 😉

More picture of the project HERE and the code is HERE.

How to understand the defcon scale

This story appears in the June 14, 2015 issue of Forbes. Subscribe

I recently attended John Mauldin’s Strategic Investment Conference, an annual event that brings together some of the best minds in finance and economics. With some two dozen speakers in two and a half days, the word “intense” best describes the proceedings. I came away thinking that the world is not on the brink of crisis but that crisis is an ever present concern. Most could see a bright future, if only we could transition smoothly from the significant, self-inflicted problems we have amassed since the 2008 downturn.

Most of the speakers identified the major financial bubbles currently threatening our economy–from junk bonds to housing prices and the U.S. dollar–but offered few solutions. After all, we are in uncharted waters today, and neither the Federal Reserve nor Congress really knows which way to go. Our world has become so interlinked that no one wants to take actions that could start a currency or trade war. We live not in a world of policy action but of policy reaction. The Fed and the European Central Bank have become firemen, not statesmen.

The current state of the world argues for defensive posturing. The consensus is that we will not restore normal economic growth without some trauma. While the timing of the next crisis is uncertain, history tells us that overstaying in the market is more costly than getting out early. But is it too early? Since the timing, depth and origins of any crisis are uncertain, let’s take a chapter out of the U.S. military’s playbook for dealing with threats. They use the term DEFCON, which means Defense Readiness Condition or an alert state. For the purposes of your portfolio, think of DEFCON as Defensive Financial Condition:

DEFCON 1–This is where I judge we are today.

DEFCON 2–Volatility breaks out in the markets driven by a buildup of negative events either here or abroad.

DEFCON 3–A panic has begun somewhere that has spilled over into the securities markets.

  • Liquidate all low-and no-income equities.
  • Keep ready cash at home as well as gold.
  • Be patient. Turn off the financial TV shows. Free advice is worthless. Let events play out because corrections involve several levels of action and reaction.

DEFCON 4–The crisis is well under way, with no end is in sight. Central banks are pursuing conflicting goals.

  • Go to the mattresses (for example, cash, gold and silver).

Investors who need steady income should be aware that while bonds, preferred stocks, MLPs and REITs also decline in a crisis, they will normally continue to pay out interest and dividends and will be among the first to recover because of their high payouts. Hence, you may opt to ride out the volatility in an income security.

While I have faith that central bankers have learned much about how to handle the next crisis, their first priority will be to protect the banking system and their bosses, i.e., the government. Not investors. When the crisis hits you will hear lots of happy talk designed to calm rather than inform. One former Fed governor at the conference, Larry Meyer, concluded with these encouraging words: “Good luck–you’ll need it.”

Richard Lehmann is editor of the Forbes/Lehmann Income Securities Investor newsletter and president of Lehmann Fridson Advisors.

How to understand the defcon scale

Business Insider reports that “Steve Deace, an influential conservative Iowa talk show host” has been making profound declarations that, should the Supreme Court strike down anti-gay marriage laws, “It’s going to raise the issue to Orange Threat Level, it’ll be DEFCON 6…” In the first instance Mr. Deace is likely referring the now defunct color-coded threat warning system instituted in the aftermath of the attacks of 9/11, where orange was second only to the red warning of an imminent attack. On the second concern, Deace completely mangles the DEFCON warning system, and so gives us an opportunity to get our nuclear war metaphors straight once and for all.

DEFCON is short for DEFense CONdition, and according to the Encyclopedia of the Cold War, “The DEFCON system is divided into five different alert levels with detailed, if ambiguous, descriptions and expected actions by military forces at each threat level.” Mr. Deace’s first error is that DEFCON scales from 1 to 5, not 6. To be charitable, though, he likely knew this and was making an exaggerated claim for effect. What then, is DEFCON 5? Again from the Encyclopedia of the Cold War, “DEFCON 5: Normal peacetime readiness The lowest alert level in the DEFCON system…” DEFCON 5 is as low as alerts go, and is the traditional status for most military forces. Anytime someone threatens to go DEFCON 5 on you or a loved one, then, readily take them up on their offer as amity should shortly be restored.

Alert is raised from there with progressively lower numbers. DEFCON 4, the lowest alert we have seen since 9/11, represents “Normal, increased intelligence and strengthened security measures,” but readiness really ramps up at 3. At DEFCON 3, “Increase in force readiness above normal readiness…base security [is] tightened and intelligence-gathering intensified [and] other changes to the configuration of military forces are made,” including the arming of nuclear war-heads.

The highest we have ever been is DEFCON 2, “Further increase in force readiness but less than maximum readiness.” Parts of the military were raised to DEFCON 2 during the Cuban Missile Crisis, where “nuclear weapons … were loaded and could be used at the discretion of surprisingly low-level officers,” according to the aptly titled book DEFCON 2: Standing of the Brink of Nuclear War During the Cuban Missile Crisis.

DEFCON 1: “Maximum force readiness” has never been reached as far as we know. That is a blessing, as “At this DEFCON level US military forces are ready to be deployed, including preparation for full-scale thermonuclear war.”

Where does this leave Steve Deace and his claim of DEFCON 6 for exaggerated effect? Going from 1 as full-scale thermonuclear war, and 5 as normal peacetime, 6 would seem to be peace on earth, goodwill to man, with the possible escalation to rainbows spread across the land. Let us hope that such is the power of the Supreme Court.

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How to understand the defcon scale

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How to understand the defcon scale

The tone and tenor of conversations in a community is a large part of whether a community succeeds, yet that’s often a hard concept to model and understand. Using a humorous approach, I’ll demonstrate behaviors that create a hostile community (and by contrast, those that create a welcoming community).

We’ll look at the “Defcon Insult Scale for Conversations” (the DIScon level), from mildly insulting to abusive, and at key signifiers of each level. Audience members will be encouraged to share their own perceptions of how it feels to be at different DIScon levels.

Moving on, we’ll tackle the more subtle forms of riling folks up (ways you can assume ignorance, belittle people, and/or just be condescending). I’ve even created a “starter list” of helpful phrases that people can use as writing prompts when they want to ensure that folks take things the wrong way (phrases like “You may have noticed” and “I’d just like to point out” and “I don’t mean to be [a pedant, sexist, etc], but…”). As a team, we’ll brainstorm other “tinder-words” that can be used to quick start an argument.

Once we’ve talked about what “high DIScon” situations look like (and feel like), we’ll talk about why they make for unpleasant communities, and why that’s bad.

At this point it’s not uncommon for a host of objections to be raised, from “Well, so-and-so is the leader of the community, and as long as she’s that way, I won’t be able to change anything” to “Etiquette is stupid; people should just say what they mean,” so we’ll spend some time debunking many of the common excuses for what is, essentially, poor behavior.

It’s also not uncommon for people to feel like the problem is “too big” for them to make a difference, yet it only by changing individual behavior that we can change the behavior of a culture (it certainly can’t be mandated). With that in mind, I’d like to discuss some steps that individuals can take to reduce the “DIScon level” of the communities in which they participate.

How to understand the defcon scale

How to understand the defcon scale

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Your Creator The Angry God – The Messenger

How to understand the defcon scale

WAR IS HERE – Roxanne

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WAKE UP MY CHILDREN – Lynne Johnson

Defcon 5

June 18, 2021 9:29 PM
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On 6.16.21 a word was posted to this site ‘444ProphecyNews.com’ titled ‘Worthy’ by The Messenger. As I was reading it I was struck by the phrase ‘prepare for the worst’ because it was contained in a recent word given to me by the Holy Spirit. Below is the excerpt from ‘Worthy’..

My children time of the end has come and it is now, please get ready,get all things in order in your lives for when this all starts, my judgements on USA ,Babylon ,there is no stop or turning back. Please prepare for the worst and pray I lessen and shorten your days thru all of satan’s wrath. I love all my children but for my words to come forth and pass ,this must come about . End of message signed your loving heavenly father.

This is the word the Holy Spirit gave me 6.12.21.

Daughter the end is near. Tell My people how much I love them. Tell them of the hardships they will have to face. My judgments are coming soon. I have warned but they draw closer. Prepare as best you can. Prepare for the worst.

This is where my post was supposed to end but the word ‘ Defcon ’ came to mind and the Holy Spirit then led me the Defcon site. (https://www.defconlevel.com)

The military utilizes a defense ready condition or ‘DEFCON’ which identifies the current threat level faced by the Department of Defense and the United States military. There are five level threats ranging from 5 (Low) to 1(Critical). Defcon 5 is used during normal times of peace while Defcon 1 is activated when Nuclear war is imminent.

I was curious as to where we were on the DEFCON threat scale so I asked the Holy Spirit. In my spirit I heard ‘ code blue ’ which means there is a medical emergency occurring within a hospital. I then went back to see where we currently are on the DEFCON scale. To my surprise the Defcon Level Warning System was at Defcon 5 and the color was BLUE.

The message on the page read…

‘The current defcon level overall remains at defcon 5 today as there are no current raised defcon level alerts in any of the combatant command regions right now.

Even though we’re at Defcon 5 and things may look okay in the world – we know they’re not really. I believe the Holy Spirit is warning that we will be moving up to the next level soon. It’s time to get ready if you haven’t already – I’m speaking spiritually and physically. Continue to pray for the lost and your loved ones. We are moving into harder times surely and into a higher battleground.

In a sign of the times White House officials have finally gotten around to writing out a plan to deal with future cyber attacks that could negatively affect the US homeland and its interests.

The new guidelines, which were released earlier this week, detail how the government will gauge the severity of cyber attacks, who’s in charge of orchestrating the response, and how urgently the issue needs addressing – a list of protocols that many claim should have been on the books years ago.

“We are in the midst of a revolution of the cyber threat – one that is growing more persistent, more diverse, more frequent and grows more dangerous every day,” said homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco.

The scale begins at Level Zero – an attack which has an almost negligible impact and goes all the way up to Level Five, a full blown emergency that has a high probability of impacting highly critical national infrastructure and systems such as the power grid and communication and finance systems.

How to understand the defcon scale

Fig 1. The new cyber DEFCON scale

The scale works by evaluating what the intended consequences of the attack are. For example, if the attack is simply supposed to be a nuisance, like a DoS attack, which temporarily knocks servers offline by flooding them with packets, it gets a low rating while an attack that is targeting the United States power grid could get the highest rating.

Once the threat is evaluated, most likely by the person who discovered the breach, the plan details who should be notified immediately and what steps should be taken. The one thing the White House doesn’t say however is how the government will respond to these attacks, especially those conducted by sovereign nations.

It’s important to note, though, that despite cyber-attacks becoming more and more common as technology advances and people gain a better understanding of how to use it for ill, there hasn’t been a level five attack on the US government yet but there’s always a first time for everything. Especially as more and more sovereign nations and criminals begin using robo-hackers to probe and penetrate US networks.

“There has been no known incident that would be considered a Level Five … The suspected Russian cyber attack on Ukraine’s electric grid in December that caused widespread power outages probably would have been a Level Four – a ‘severe’ event that likely would result in ‘significant’ harm to public safety or national security,” said Monaco.

Even so, in today’s modern age with powerful emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Computing potentially getting into the wrong hands it’s always good to have a plan, let’s just hope it never need to get used.

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The current defcon level overall is now at defcon 4 today as there is a raised CENTCOM alert level (Central Command) for the Middle East region due to airstrikes by U.S. and drone strikes by Iran backed militias as well as a raised AFRICOM alert level due to an airstrike in Somalia.

If the current defcon level changes from the level it is at now currently, it will be reflected on the alert status above as well as in any of the Regional News Pages, where you will also find the current defcon level alert status for each combatant command region and up to date news and news ticker for each region.

LIVE Important Warning System Updates

August 4, 2021 – The US carried out its third strike on Somalia in two weeks on August 1st in support of Somali government forces around Qeycad according to US Military. Read more

August 3, 2021 – The United States has requested that 24 Russian diplomats leave the U.S. once their Visas expire on September 3rd. Read more

August 3, 2021 – After an Iranian attack on an Israeli managed oil tanker Mercer Street that killed two people, the West, including Israel and the United states has vowed a ‘collective’ response as escalation, or ‘stepping up’ of hostilities between the west and Iran continue to mount. Read more

August 3, 2021 – The Taliban have taken over a television station in Helmand, Afghanistan amidst new US airstrikes in Herat, Kandahar and Lashkar Gah. Read more

August 3, 2021 – Airstrikes carried out by the US military has killed at least 40 Taliban terrorists in the province of Helmand, Afghanistan according to the Ministry of Defense. Read more

July 29, 2021 – On Tuesday Joe Biden stated that if it ends up that the United States gets into a “real shooting war” with a “major power” it could be the result of a large scale cyber attack on the United States. Read more

July 28, 2021 – The US Air Force is currently developing the AGM-183A, or hypersonic Air Launched Rapid Response Weapon capable of going mach 7 speeds which is seven times the speed of sound, or over 5,370 miles per hour. Read more

July 27, 2021 – During a parade for Russian Naval forces in St. Petersburg, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that their hypersonic missiles, capable of being fashioned with a nuclear warhead ‘can locate and inflict inevitable strike’ on their enemies. Read more

July 25, 2021 – A top US general has said that the US will continue to carry out air strikes in support of Afghan forces who are fighting the Taliban. Read more

July 24, 2021 – Venezuela has accused the United States of violating its airspace in what they call a ‘flagrant provocation’ and stated that they would ‘respond forcefully’ to any maneuver it saw as aggressive behavior. Read more

July 23, 2021 – The Pentagon announced The U.S. military has carried the second airstrike in Somalia, Africa this week against al-Shabaab terrorists, which are reported to have ties to Al Qaeda. Read more

July 20, 2021 – Russia has issued a warning to the United States from deploying hypersonic missiles in Europe, saying that it could lead to ‘inadvertent conflict’. Read more

June 28, 2021 – Following airstrikes by the United States in Syria and Iraq, Iranian backed militia forces have declared open war on the United States. Read more

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