When I was on active duty, (many years ago) we used White, Yellow and Red for the individual warfare area threat levels, and used a "shorthand" of including the WCS with the threat level description. For instance, AAW "White and Tight" meant that the AAW threat level was low, and weapons were tight. "Red and Free" meant that you were in a high threat environment, and weapons release had been granted. These threat levels were given for each of the major warfare areas, i.e., AAW, ASW and ASUW. I'm not familiar with the current Joint pub definitions, and whether other warfare areas (for instance cyber) are now also routinely included in the warfare threat levels (although I assume they would be). However, Joint Pub 3-01 (JP 3-01) at page V-24 gives the following definitions for Air Defense Warning Conditions. I assume the current NWPs would give modified versions of this for ASUW and ASW:
(a) ADWC White—An attack by hostile aircraft or missile is improbable.
(b) ADWC Yellow—An attack by hostile aircraft or missile is probable.
(c) ADWC Red—An attack by hostile aircraft or missile is imminent or in
For additional design realism, JP 3-01 defines the WCS as follows:
a) Weapons Free—The least restrictive status; when any target not positively identified as friendly in accordance with current ROE may be engaged. Weapons free zones may be established around key government infrastructure when other areas are designated weapons tight or weapons hold.
(b) Weapons Tight—The normal status. Units may only fire on targets identified as hostile in accordance with current ROE.
(c) Weapons Hold—The most restrictive status. Units may only fire in self- defense or when ordered by proper higher authority.
The current JP 3-01 may be downloaded from
Quick question for writing orders... Is there a standard vocabulary and method of phrasing used to describe threat levels? For example, if I say something like... AIR THREAT CONSIDERED LOW TO MINIMAL. SURFACE THREAT CONSIDERED MODERATE. SUBMARINE THREAT UNKNOWN. ...I assume people understand what I mean, but is that how it would actually be phrased? (Again, just trying to get the little details right so the game experience will be more believable and more fun.) Thanks in advance.
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