About | Military Readiness Alerts & Nuclear & Terror Threats
The Defcon Level Warning System is a U.S. intelligence gathering informative organization & community to keep the public updated on current world events, threats and attempts to assess events and threat levels as accurately as possible.
If you have news or alerts to share we encourage everyone from our community to to send news and alerts to us as quickly as possible so that we can keep the public accurately informed of world events and conflicts.
Defcon Level monitors military readiness, terror threats as well as nuclear threats to the United States, and to the world globally. Since we base our defcon status levels on both military readiness and nuclear threat risk factors, our alert level does not always indicate risk of nuclear war since both factors are tied together.
For example, if we were to be at risk for a nuclear war the United States military readiness would be raised by default, the same as if we had a terror threat or any other kind of threat. For this reason, our level is an overall indicator for military readiness rather than simply how close we are to a nuclear war.
- Question: How do I share the current Defcon levels warning status on my website?
- Answer: To share the Defcon levels current status on your website copy the share code located on our share page and paste into your own website.
- Question: Which defcon level is good and which level is bad?
- Answer: Level 5 is a state of peace and is a good thing, while Level 1 is a state of war or imminant nuclear threat and a very bad thing.
- Question: Is Defcon level 5 good or bad?
- Answer: Defcon level 5 is good, it is the lowest status in the warning system and a state of peace.
- Question: Is Defcon level 1 good or bad?
- Answer: Alert level 1 is bad, it means we are in a state of war or imminant nuclear threat.
- Question: Has the United States ever gone to Defcon level 1?
- Answer: No, the United States has never been at Defcon 1 to date since the creation of the defcon levels alert system by NORAD in 1959.
- Question: What's the highest Defcon Level the U.S has ever reached?
- Answer: Highest ever reached was alert level 2 during the Cuban missile crisis in October 22, 1962.
- Question: I want to become a contributor, how do I go about partnering with Defcon Level Warning System in various ways?
- Answer: Great! Visit the Contribute page where you will find all of the ways you can partner with us and contribute to the Defcon Level Warning System.
- Question: Where can I find maps that show where all the conflicts are going on in the world?
- Answer: You can find maps that show the current world conflicts, as well as conflicts the United States is currently involved in on our World Conflict Maps page.
- Question: What is the current Defcon Level right now?
- Answer: The current alert status can be found on or current level page, long with other important information about the alert system.
- Question: Is the current Defcon level made public?
- Answer: No, the current level is not made public right away for security reasons. The alert status for each military branch may also differ at any given time. The status level on our "current" page is determined by community alerts and known threats but is not recorded on the official change history until a status change is revealed to the public by the U.S. government.
- Question: Has the United States ever been at defcon 2?
- Answer: Yes, the only time the U.S reached level 2 was during the Cuban missile crisis in October 22, 1962 but only the Strategic Air Command branch was ordered to level 2.
- Question: When was the defcon levels warning status last updated or changed?
- Answer: The Defcon levels status is updated daily, and the last official change was September 11th, 2001 during the attack on the twin towers. Although the current defcon level depends on community alerts and information, we do not record the defcon level as 'official' until the 'official' level has been released to the public at any given time.
- Question: What type of events change the Defcon level warning status?
- Answer: Things that can affect the alert level are imminant nuclear threats or a heightened state of alert in one or more of the U.S military branches.
- Question: Where do I find current government alerts and notices?
- Answer: You may find current government alerts and notices on our Advisories page.
- Question: What Time Zone Does Defcon Level Warning System Use?
- Answer: Defcon Level Warning System now uses Coordinated Universal Time For All Services (UTC).
The Defcon Level Warning System is a Private intelligence gathering informative organization to keep the public updated on current world events, threats and conflicts around the world.