This is the DEFCON Warning System. Alert status for 4:35 P.M., Thursday, July 14th, 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.

Russia is engaging in submarine operations not seen since the Cold War, including hunting and tracking U.S. vessels. They continue to maintain a large surface fleet in the Mediterranean in response to U.S. Carriers and have been maneuvering dangerously close to U.S. vessels in the region. Russia is also increasing the amount of training exercises it conducts with its nuclear and conventional forces close to its western border, including strategic bombers, and rocket forces.

Nuclear inspectors are finding that Russia is deliberately violating the START treaty requirements. They also are slated to test the new SARMAT ICBM which is claimed to have improved evasive and avoidance capabilities as well as the longest range of any current ICBM.

The largest NATO meeting in recent times was conducted in Warsaw, Poland. The main topic of conversation was defending against Russian aggression. NATO troops conducted an amphibious landing in Finland for the first time as part of an exercise, something which Russia will see as yet another encroachment by NATO.

The South China Sea remains a hot spot in the world. China has begun several naval operations in the region while the U.S. and Japan continue to hold exercises and also run carrier combat operations. Taiwan is set to test fire anti-missile systems while tensions grow between the U.S. and China.

North Korean Plutonium Production is higher than previously estimated. There is anecdotal evidence which suggests China is punishing the north for its nuclear work.

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This concludes this broadcast of the DEFCON Warning System.