DEFCON 1 Condition Level - Cocked Pistol Or White Alert
DEFCON 1, or condition level one has also been called "Cocked Pistol" or "white alert". Defcon 1 is a white colored alert status and is a maximum readiness condition level that was initially created in 1959 by the joint chiefs of staff. Cocked Pistol means that the United States is currently in a state of war, or that a nuclear threat is either in progress or imminent.
Defcon 1 may be reached if United States intelligence detects an imminent or certain threat of either war or a nuclear launch from enemy forces.
The alert level color for DEFCON 1 is white. Neither the department of defense, nor the United States Armed Forces have ever raised the status condition to white alert, or Defcon 1 since the condition level for cocked pistol status was implemented.