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DEFCON 1 Status at ICANN

Defense Readiness Condition (DEFCON) is a measure of the activation and readiness of the United States armed forces. The DEFCON scale is a numerical ranking from 5 (standard peacetime protocol) to DEFCON 1 (expectation of actual imminent attack). Today ICANN should find itself at a DEFCON 1 status with the announced pending departure of Doug Brent, ICANN’s Chief Operating Officer, effect at the end of July. While my fundamental philosophical disagreement with ICANN senior staff has been well documented during the reign of ICANN’s previous CEO, Paul Twomey, Doug Brent has been a bedrock within the institution during his years of service to the organization. ICANN as an institution will face a very Herculean task in filling the void his departure will leave.

By Michael D. Palage, Intellectual Property Attorney and IT Consultant

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+1 from ISC Paul Vixie  –  Apr 27, 2010 10:38 PM

doug’s been great to work with and he will be missed.

DEFCON 1? Andrew Mulheirn  –  Apr 29, 2010 7:07 PM

Dear Mr Palage -
It would’ve been enlightening to the occasional reader to understand the implications of Mr Brent’s departure and your previous fundamental disagreements in the original article. 

You describe DEFCON ratings well for those of us who are not resident in the US.  The background, however, would have been interesting - it might have imparted more of the gravity of this situation.
Andrew Mulheirn

Couldn't argee more Garth Bruen  –  May 11, 2010 3:34 PM


All of my interactions with Doug were pleasant and honest. It was actually he who temporarily changed my opinion of ICANN, which is now reversing. This is a tragic loss to the organization and I don’t think they get it.


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