This is the DEFCON Warning System. Alert
status for 5:45 P.M., Thursday, June 23th, 2016. Condition code is
Blue. DEFCON 4.
There are currently no imminent nuclear
threats against the United States at this time, however there are events
occurring in the world theater which require closer monitoring.
The United States and Russia continue to
shuffle assets around, especially in the Baltic region. Meanwhile, the heaviest fighting in Ukraine
of the 2-year engagement in the Donbass region is being recorded.
Russia continues to build its forces in and around Ukraine, Belarus, and Kaliningrad.
Adding to that, NATO continues to move assets into Poland and the rest of the Baltics,
but all strategic movements except those of training exercises have ceased which has
prompted the DEFCON Warning System to lower the alert back to DEFCON 4. We will
continue monitoring military movements by both sides and assess the situation,
but for now it seems tensions have eased slightly between the two superpowers for
the time being.
Russia continues to advance further into Ukraine from the center near and west
of Donetsk, south near Mariupol, and into the north near the Belarus border
with Donetsk now almost completely under rebel control. In a move which is
not completely unexpected, Russia has sent tactical nuclear weapons into Kaliningrad.
This is not the first time Russia has done this, but it is however more weapons than
have previously been stationed there in the past. Russia has sent more than 10 naval
ships into the areas close to Japan. This is believed to be linked to an ever increasing
amount of joint operations with China in the South China Sea.
NATO continues to build its military forces in both Poland, and the rest of the
Baltics with large scale land, naval, and air exercises beginning to conclude.
While most of these units consist of quick reaction expeditionary forces and
those which participated in the exercises, assets continue to arrive which are
not a part of the exercises, and include heavier equipment used for holding territory
and fighting large armies. NATO has decided to go ahead with plans to build their
ballistic missile defense system in Poland, however with the introduction of tactical
nuclear weapons in Kaliningrad which do not follow a ballistic trajectory, the defense
system would be useless to those weapons.
North Korea claims to have successfully tested a medium range ballistic missile.
This comes after repeated failed attempts. If the weapon were to work correctly,
it has the potential of flying more than 4000 kilometers carrying a large payload.
Dual U.S. Carrier Operations began in the South China Sea earlier this month.
Tensions remain high in the region with several U.S. allies claiming the
islands to be theirs, while China continues to conduct more naval maneuvers
in the area. China continues to build bases on several islands, with some
already being completed and operational. The U.S. Navy plans to keep both
USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) battle groups
in the area for the foreseeable future to deter Chinese aggression.
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This concludes this broadcast of the DEFCON