This is coolbert:
For one week now, the United States military has been at DEFCON 3!
For those readers to the blog military and non-military some clarification of that term DEFCON required?
DEFCON describing a readiness status, the current situation in the Far East necessitating an increased readiness status, an enhanced military posture.
From the wiki:
"A defense readiness condition (DEFCON) is an alert posture used by the United States Armed Forces . . . It prescribes five graduated levels of readiness (or states of alert) for the U.S. military, and increase in severity from DEFCON 5 (least severe) to DEFCON 1 (most severe) to match varying military situations."
Within the historical context also according to the wiki:
* "The highest confirmed DEFCON ever was Level 2. During the Cuban Missile Crisis on October 22, 1962, the U.S. Armed Forces were ordered to DEFCON 3. On October 26, Strategic Air Command (SAC) was ordered to DEFCON 2, while the rest of the U.S. Armed Forces remained at DEFCON 3."
* "The U.S. Armed Forces were at DEFCON 3 status during the 1973 Yom Kippur War."
* "The third time the United States reached DEFCON 3 was during the September 11 attacks of 2001."
AND NOW that fourth time in reaction to the bellicose and very heated rhetoric as emanating from Pyongyang.
Again, the American public in general [including myself until just a few hours ago] totally oblivious of this increased DEFCON status or unaware of the significance thereof?
Concern is the order of the day but not excessively so!