Since its establishment in 1984, the DEFCON Warning System has continuously studied and analyzed the potential of nuclear war involving the United States. Over the years, the System has grown to become the world recognized barometer for nuclear Armageddon, its focus however still being the United States.
The world has changed much since 1994.
Russia and the United States are no longer the only nuclear powers. The threat has expanded to include India and Pakistan, China and North Korea, Israel, and some believe Iran is working on their own nuclear program.
In addition to monitoring the nuclear war threat, The DEFCON Warning System also compiled radiation data during the Fukushima incident, and sounded the alarm as the world grew close to conflict during the last crisis with North Korea.
Nuclear war has spread beyond the traditional antagonists.
To continue with the DEFCON Warning System’s mission, a new policy has been enacted.
The DEFCON Warning System will now monitor, assess, and give alerts for any threat of nuclear conflict anywhere in the world, not just conflicts that may involve the United States.
For the public, this new policy will largely go unnoticed. It merely formalizes what The DEFCON Warning System has already been doing since its inception.
As technology advances and spreads, it is likely that even more countries will join the nuclear club, not to mention non-state actors who will gain possession of their own nuclear weapons. While it is always hoped that Systems like DEFCON will never be needed, it is always prudent to take precautions, always necessary to have that Watchman On The Wall. The DEFCON Warning System will continue to fulfill that need for as long as necessary.
The DEFCON Warning System – Ongoing Geointel and Analysis in the theater of nuclear war. Established 1984.