Defcon nuclear threat level reduced after Trump victory
The USA's nuclear threat level has been lowered to its lowest level in the wake of the elections.
Published: November 16, 2016, 6:41 am
America’s Defcon warning level has has been lowered to its safest threat level possible after the announcement that Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election.
The Defcon Warning System, is run by a private organisation which monitors world events and estimates the nuclear threat against America. It is now at Level 5 – its lowest possible state.
The group, made up of experts with contacts within the US security industry, regard Trump’s victory as a path to improved Russian relations.
Just weeks ago the warning was bumped up to Level 3 following increased tensions between US and Russia, with insiders fearing that the Obama administration was edging closer to nuclear war.
Level 3 means US troops can be mobilised within 15 minutes. Level 5 means the US Department of Defence should be at its lowest state of readiness for nuclear war.
On its website the group states: “The United States took a tentative step toward a more isolationist policy with its recent presidential election. While it will take several months to see how the US reforms its foreign policy, already some world leaders have expressed hope that relations could improve, including Russia and Syria.
“If the new US President keeps to his previous statements, look for the United States to withdraw somewhat from military confrontations in the Middle East and possibly European theatre, though it is highly unlikely it will abandon NATO commitments, and the Ukraine will likely pop up again in the near future.
Russian leader Vladimir Putin was one of the first world leaders to congratulate the winning Republican candidate.
“Russia, however, will probably wait to see what the new President does, as well as now being hampered by the coming winter.”
The group warned about some remaining threats to US and world security: “China and North Korea … continue to either cast a wary eye or are outright belligerent. Israel … will become more of a focal point again.
“Meanwhile, more troops are to be sent to Europe in 2017 to bolster defences against Russian movements and NATO continues building up forces in Poland and surrounding areas to protect against a potential Russian assault.”
While the US government also uses the Defcon system, it is private and not available to the public. Therefore public records remain estimates.
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