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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    Karen – do you relaize that the revenue of the top ten defense companies combined is less than that of WalMart? Defense is essential to liberty. There are abuses of course. But far less than the abuses in welfare and health care which also cost way more than defense. Just saying.

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      Wal Mart is an international company, with a big and growing market share in China, a vastly bigger market. I suggest you look at the federal general accounting office list of the top 100 companies the US pays: it's security, security, health care.
      Fun fact, the largest house in America under construction now in, I think Arkansas, is being built by one military software supplier. In an era where drones have proved fabulous, why do we need 2,200 B-22a? It's ridiculous.
      Plus, most of our military gear are still gas guzzlers, suitable for D-Day. And we are paying Pakistan sub-contractors to deliver fuel. It costs us to pay private companies $400 a gallon to deliver fuel to the front. If thousands of Americans volunteer soldiers died in fuel convoy attacks, fuel waste would be more obvious,
      Did we learn nothing in World War II when Hitler was reduced to horse wagons to deliver supplies.
      The Pentagon, like any huge enterprise, needs to innovate. Energy efficiency is militarily effective. But the corrupt war profiteers like business (contracted out) as usual. Without this privatized war, we would need a military draft now. Where is the incentive for peace, when so many companies make so much money (and spend it on lobbying) to keep these wars going. Ike was right. The undue influence of the military industrial complex is winning. Follow the money.

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    I understand the Pentagon has been unable to audit the last ten years it huge network of contractors and subcontractors working to keep the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Without these war profiteers, we would have required a military draft to fuflill these contract service.

    Whose minding the store. $1 billion for the Green Zone HQ? A military place, bumped budget wise to the State Department. As a Pentagon reporter do you realize the vast military industrial complex the Pentagon has contract out too? Do you follow the money? Or hardass braggart commandos? Who has more influence over Congress. The Pentagon? or the private companies making huge profits on these privitized wars?

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