war footing

the condition or status of a military force or other organization when operating under a state of war or as if a state of war existed.


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And it didn't take me long to put us on a war footing.
The country was not on a war footing, and yet the enemy was at war with us.
Suddenly our nation was at war, and the switch to a war footing here was
With the nation maintaining an extended war footing, quality-of-life programs
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