DEFCON Warning System – Update 2/23/22

This is the DEFCON Warning System. Alert status for 10 P.M. UTC, Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022. Condition code is Blue. DEFCON 4.

There are currently no imminent nuclear threats at this time. However, there are events occurring in the world theater which require closer monitoring.


Russia has invaded further into Ukraine, giving recognition to two breakaway provinces and moving military assets into the regions. United States believes Russia will invade entire country soon. In response to the invasion, the United States and allies have issued sanctions, which Russia said will be responded to.

The United States has said it will not send troops into Ukraine to repel the Russian invasion. There is no movement by NATO to move into Ukraine. However, there are forces building up in the area, but not enough to repel an invasion.

Russia claims Ukraine has plans to acquire nuclear weapons.

The United States is moving 6,000 troops to Eastern Europe over Ukraine tensions while military trainers in Ukraine are being withdrawn. Additionally, NATO is drawing up plans for new combat units in central and southeastern Europe in response to Russian activities in around Ukraine. India is increasing its defense budget by 10% and NATO has increased the readiness of the NATO Response Force, referring to the raised readiness level announced in December.

Russia says it may respond with “military-technical” measures if NATO does not agree to its demands.


The United States is giving some sanctions relief to Iran. There has been no reciprocity from Iran. Iran has unveiled a new solid-fuel missile capable of 1,450 kilometers range.

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This concludes this report of the DEFCON Warning System.

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