Defcon 5 – Readiness Level Five

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Defcon 5 - Level Five

Defcon 5, also called “Defcon Five” or “Fade Out” is the lowest or normal state of readiness. Defcon 5 (Five) means we are at a complete and total state of peace and have no immediate need to be on alert.


Some people have mistakenly believe that Defcon 5 (Five) is the highest state of readiness and that level 1 is the lowest state of readiness. This line of thought has been driven into popularity as a result of movies depicting level 5 as high alert and level 1 as normal status. The opposite is true however. Defcon Five (5) is the lowest level and one (1) is in fact the highest level.

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