Pentagon-speak explained: OpPlan 1025
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October 14th, 2011
08:25 PM ET

Pentagon-speak explained: OpPlan 1025

By CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr

Sometimes when you cover the Pentagon as a reporter, the main challenge is to just decode “Pentagon-ese” - the seemingly secret language of the military that has names, acronyms and abbreviations for just about everything.

So if President Obama ever ordered military action against Iran (which all our sources insist is not likely), the abbreviation to watch for is “OpPlan 1025.” Several U.S. defense officials confirm to CNN this is the classified “operational plan” that details any potential U.S. military action against Iran. The plan includes lists of targets inside Iran, their locations, the latest intelligence and what specific U.S. weapons might be used to destroy those targets.

When asked if the plan was recently updated following the revelations of an alleged Iranian plot to kill the Saudi Ambassador to the United States, one senior defense official said “OpPlan 1025” is now in a continuous state of being updated, even though no military action is currently contemplated. The Pentagon doesn’t want to rely on MapQuest.

Of course, it isn't surprising that the Pentagon has such a plan. The military has plans for almost every possible military engagement. As one military source told me years ago, “heck, we got plans for everything. We got a plan to ‘take Paris’ if we have to.”

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