This is the DEFCON Warning System. Alert status for 2 P.M., Thursday, April 2nd, 2020. Condition code is Green. DEFCON 5.
Russia continues its development of hypersonic missile tech as it fires a hypersonic missile during trials in the Barents Sea. In a recent statement, Russia believes that the threat of nuclear conflict at this time is as great as it was in 1983, though this statement was made before the world was significantly affected by the current pandemic. Russia and China are currently negotiating the establishment of a joint base on the Moon.
Iran has denied the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) access to two sites for nuclear inspection. However, the IAEA says Iran is still fully cooperating with nuclear inspections. Iran is also increasing its nuclear stockpile. Iran now has enough enriched uranium to produce a weapon; however, there is no known working long-range delivery system yet.
The United States plans to use hypersonic missiles as part of broad new capability rather than as niche weapons. Additionally, the U.S. is quietly developing robot subs controlled by artificial intelligence with thee ability to destroy without human control. The U.S. Space Force says its ground-based offensive communications jammer is ready for deployment, while the U.S. Marines are to reconfigure in an effort to more directly counter the growing Chinese military threat. China, for its part, continues to move militarily in the South China sea, moving aggressively against countries who attempt to use their own internationally recognized (but ignored by China) part of the area.
North Korea continues to skirt United Nation’s sanctions with China’s help. Of important note is that he latest missile launches by North Korea were of vehicles capable of carrying nuclear warheads. Additionally, North Korea appears to be expanding a key rocket launch facility Sohae Satellite Launching Station.
Japan says is is going to develop hypersonic weapons, increasing the number of countries using these types of weapons. In NATO news, the organization expands again with the addition of North Macedonia.
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