Militarization of Civilians Against Fabled Enemy

What on earth does Emanuel mean when he says Americans are going to be forced to perform military-style physical exercises and what does this have to do with civil defense or preparing for a terrorist attack? It sounds more like the state-mandated physical workouts described in Orwell's 1984.

http://www.wariscrime.com/2008/11/12/news/militarization-of-civilians-ag...