DEFCON Warning System – Update 5/16/22

This is the DEFCON Warning System. Alert status for 9 P.M. UTC, Monday, May 16th, 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 theatre which require closer monitoring.

Russia has threatened countries supplying arms to Ukraine with retaliation, though did not specify what that retaliation would be. Most analysts believe the threat to be nuclear. Notwithstanding, NATO says it is ready to continue backing Ukraine’s war against Russia for years. Additionally, the United States is reported to have helped Ukraine target Russian assets. The U.S. has denied this claim. Israel and other countries are supplying Ukraine with higher-tech weaponry as the war with Russia drags on, with longer range weapons now being deployed for Ukraine.

Finland and Sweden say they will officially seek NATO membership. Russia has said that NATO expansion eastward toward Russia is an unacceptable threat and that it will respond by deploying tactical nuclear weapons if NATO bases are established there. Britain has pledged to come to Sweden and Finland’s aid if they are attacked.

The United States is beginning to harden its position against Iran and the nuclear deal. Some insiders are reporting that the deal may not be revived.

United States admits China is ahead when it comes to hypersonic technology, while work at North Korea nuclear testing site indicate a new nuclear test may be forthcoming soon.

The DEFCON Warning System is a private intelligence organization which has monitored and assessed nuclear threats by national entities since 1984. It is not affiliated with any government agency and does not represent the alert status of any military branch. The public should make their own evaluations and not rely on the DEFCON Warning System for any strategic planning. At all times, citizens are urged to learn what steps to take in the event of a nuclear attack. If this had been an actual attack, the DEFCON Warning System will give radiation readings for areas that are reported to it. Your readings will vary. Official news sources will have radiation readings for your area.

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This concludes this report of the DEFCON Warning System.

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