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CONOP8888は何と読む?

 
ニュースには、動物の赤ちゃんとか、間抜けな強盗とか、なごみ系のネタがありますが、今回のニュースもその分野に入るでしょうか。

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特ダネやスクープのことはEXCLUSIVEとなりますが、こういうネタの場合は微妙ですね(苦笑)記事の書き出しはリストを見ながら、項目ごとに印を付けている場面を想像すると、想像しやすいです。チェックボックスはCheckを入れるから何ですよね、当たり前ですけど。。。

EXCLUSIVE
Exclusive: The Pentagon Has a Plan to Stop the Zombie Apocalypse. Seriously.
Everything you need to know about the U.S. military’s defense strategy to protect humanity from the walking dead.
BY GORDON LUBOLD MAY 13, 2014

The U.S. military has always been the one place in government with a plan, forever in preparation mode and ready to yank a blueprint off the shelf for almost any contingency. Need a response for a Russian nuclear missile launch? Check. Have to rescue a U.S. ambassador kidnapped by drug lords? Yup, check, got that covered. How about a detailed strategy for surviving a zombie apocalypse? As it turns out, check.

Incredibly, the Defense Department has a response if zombies attacked and the armed forces had to eradicate flesh-eating walkers in order to "preserve the sanctity of human life" among all the "non-zombie humans."

Buried on the military's secret computer network is an unclassified document, obtained by Foreign Policy, called "CONOP 8888." It's a zombie survival plan, a how-to guide for military planners trying to isolate the threat from a menu of the undead -- from chicken zombies to vegetarian zombies and even "evil magic zombies" -- and destroy them.

Todayのニュースでも語っていましたが、危機対策の研修用の資料だそうです。リアルな国などにすると本物の対策と勘違いされるので、勘違いされる危険がないシチュエーションとしてゾンビが選ばれたようです。

Military planners assigned to the U.S. Strategic Command in Omaha, Nebraska during 2009 and 2010 looked for a creative way to devise a planning document to protect citizens in the event of an attack of any kind. The officers used zombies as their muse. "Planners ... realized that training examples for plans must accommodate the political fallout that occurs if the general public mistakenly believes that a fictional training scenario is actually a real plan," the authors wrote, adding: "Rather than risk such an outcome by teaching our augmentees using the fictional 'Tunisia' or 'Nigeria' scenarios used at [Joint Combined Warfighting School], we elected to use a completely-impossible scenario that could never be mistaken for a real plan."

Navy Capt. Pamela Kunze, a spokeswoman for Strategic Command, acknowledged the document exists on a "secure Internet site" but took pains to explain that the zombie survival guide is only a creative endeavor for training purposes. "The document is identified as a training tool used in an in-house training exercise where students learn about the basic concepts of military plans and order development through a fictional training scenario," she wrote in an email. "This document is not a U.S. Strategic Command plan."

ゾンビが流行しているからか、CDCもゾンビを注意を呼びかけるポスターなどに使用しているようです。

Make A Plan. Get A Kit. Be Prepared.
Zombies are a scary thought, but so are hurricanes, floods, and other natural disasters that could actually happen.

Prepare your family by visiting
http://emergency.cdc.gov/

記事では、CDCより早く、ゾンビに注目して、しかも計画を立てていたとちょっとちゃかしています。

This isn't the first time zombies have been used to inspire trainers or the American public. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) built an entire public awareness campaign for emergency preparedness around zombies. "Get a kit, make a plan, be prepared," one CDC poster warns as a dead-eyed woman peeks over a blanket.

But the military appears to have come up with the idea first. And of course, should there be a zombie apocalypse, the military indeed has a plan.


CONOP8888はコノップ88、88と読んでいますね。4ケタは2ケタに分けていました。Foreign Policyの記事ではオリジナルの資料も紹介しています。fictional Contingency Planning Guidanceと仮定であることを断っていますね。

(U) PLAN SUMMARY
Plan Summary CDRl 'SSTRATCOM CONPLAN 8888-1
1 (L) PLAN SUMMARY
7. (V) Statement:'' (11) This CONPLAN is a contingency oriented plan designed to be used as a
basis/point of departure for Crisis Action Planning (CAP).

(U) PURPOSE

'2. (U) Purpose:' 1 his plan fulfills fictional Contingency Planning Guidance (CPG) tasking for
USSTRATCOM to develop a comprehensive JOPHS Level 3 plan to undertake military-
operations to preserve "non-zombie" humans from the threats posed by a zombie horde. Because
zombies pose a threat to all "non-zombie" human life (hereafter referred to as "humans").
USSTRATCOM will be prepared to preserve the sanctity of human life and conduct operations
in support of any human population-including traditional adversaries. The objective of this plan
is threefold:

a. (U) Establish and maintain a vigilant defensive condition aimed at protecting humankind from
zombies

b. (U) If necessary, conduct operations that will, if directed, eradicate zombie threats to human
safety
c. (U) Aid civil authorities in maintaining law and order restoring basic services during and after a zombie attack

こういう計画書の書き方は参考になります。面白がりながら、フォーマットや基本表現を学ぶ、英語学習にも応用できそうですね。
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