|DEFCON 1||Total war is imminent||Maximum readiness||White|
|DEFCON 2||Next step to total war||Armed Forces ready to deploy and engage in less than 6 hours||Red|
|DEFCON 3||Increase in force readiness above that required for normal readiness||Air Force ready to mobilize in 15 minutes||Yellow|
|DEFCON 4||Increased intelligence watch and strengthened security measures||Above normal readiness||Green|
|DEFCON 5||Lowest state of readiness||Normal readiness||Blue|
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