The DEFCON Warning System

Ongoing Geointel and Analysis in the theater of nuclear war. Established 1984

DEFCON Warning System – Update 5-1-23

This is the DEFCON Warning System. Alert status for 9 P.M. UTC, Monday, May 1st, 2023.  Condition code is Green.  DEFCON 5.

There are currently no imminent nuclear threats at this time.

China has begun keeping at least one nuclear-armed ballistic missile submarine constantly at sea.   Meanwhile, U.S. politicians meet with Taiwan, sparking Chinese outrage, and China has tested a hypersonic missile capable of penetrating U.S. defences.  China says that U.S. access to four new bases in the Philippines was cause for “widespread and grave concern”.  Australia is to acquire long-range strike weapons and combine with the United States to harden its exposed north in a move to shore up its defences against China.

Finland has officially joined NATO.

NATO is to station more equipment and troops on Russian borders, enacting an area of denial rather than a simple reaction force. 

Ukraine reiterates its intention to take back Crimea from Russian occupation and is preparing for what it calls a major counteroffensive.  Russia’s recent massive attack against Ukraine was considered less than successful.  Leaked documents say that some Western countries including the United States have a small number of forces inside Ukraine.  Belarus Ministry of Defense says that their Su-25 pilots have completed training for nuclear air-to-ground special munitions use under Russian supervision.

Saudi Arabia hosted a Russian combat ship in its port for the first time in over a decade.  Iran is in secret talks with Russia & China to acquire large quantities of chemicals used to fuel ballistic missiles.

South Korea and the United States will agree to allow U.S. nuclear submarines to dock at South Korea.

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.

For immediate updates, go to www.defconwarningsystem.com.  Breaking news and important information can be found on the DEFCON Warning System community forum and on the DEFCON Twitter feed DEFCONWSAlerts.  You may also subscribe to the DEFCON Warning System mailing list.  Note that Twitter updates may be subject to delays.  The next scheduled update is 9 P.M. UTC, June 1st, 2023.  Additional updates will be made as the situation warrants, with more frequent updates at higher alert levels.

This concludes this report of the DEFCON Warning System.

Ongoing Geointel and Analysis in the theater of nuclear war.

© 2023 The DEFCON Warning System. Established 1984.

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.