The term BIKINI is employed by British armed forces around the world to
indicate the level of terrist threat. The BIKINI ALERT STATES are:-
WHITE - BLACK - BLACK SPECIAL - AMBER - RED
Each level indicates a greater degree of threat. BIKINI states are usually set at a local level,
indicating the perceived risk at specific locations.
The USA operates a series of 'Progressive alert postures' indicating the overall level of combat readiness: DEFence CONditions.
These are part of a wider schemata of ALERTCONs and EMERGCONs. The DEFCON status is from 5 (normal peacetime readiness) to 1
(maximum force readiness) and whilst the DEFCON level is classified, some state that at the height of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis,
the US military advanced to DEFCON 2.