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Re: World Trade Center attack
From: "Mark C . Langston" <mark () bitshift org>
Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2001 18:47:06 -0700
On Tue, Sep 11, 2001 at 09:26:42PM -0400, Christopher X. Candreva wrote:
On Tue, 11 Sep 2001, Mark C . Langston wrote:
DEFCON 2 has been reached, I believe.
DEFCON 1 does not necessarily equate automatically to war, however. It
is merely the maximum level of force readiness.
Wargames had it backwards. DEFCON 1 is peace, DEFCON 5 is war.
The DoD Dictionary
explicitly state the order, but does imply it progresses from 5 to 1.
Army Regulation 2510
implies that the restrictions on information transfer during an
emergency increase as the DEFCON level decreases from 5 to 1, implying
that 1 is the highest state of operational readiness, not the lowest.
Further, most every reference available, military and non-military,
recognizes DEFCON 5 as the state of lowest operational readiness.
Were I so inclined to search further, I'm sure I could dig up a
definitive military or governmental document that explicitly states
the rank ordering of defense readiness conditions. However, I think
the evidence above suffices.
Mark C. Langston
mark () bitshift org
Systems & Network Admin
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