The Pentagon Has a Written Defense Plan For the Zombie Apocalypse. For Realz.
I’m guessing that it’s someone’s job, probably a team of people actually, to sit in the Pentagon all day everyday and come up with bad scenarios that could affect the United States and require a military response.
If the above is true, I guess it’s no surprise that a plan would be put in place for the handling of the zombie apocalypse.
The website ForeignPolicy.com seems to have been the first to break the story after the documented, entitled CONPLAN 8888, appeared online.
From that article,
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.
“This plan fulfills fictional contingency planning guidance tasking for U.S. Strategic Command to develop a comprehensive [plan] to undertake military operations to preserve ‘non-zombie’ humans from the threats posed by a zombie horde,” CONOP 8888’s plan summary reads. “Because zombies pose a threat to all non-zombie human life, [Strategic Command] will be prepared to preserve the sanctity of human life and conduct operations in support of any human population — including traditional adversaries.”
Does the government really believe that it needs to plan for a zombie apocalypse? It looks like not really. Also from the ForeignPolicy.com article [emphasis mine],
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.“
That said, the document is probably the closest thing you can get to reading about how our government and military would officially handle a zombie apocalypse situation. The document even has contingencies on how to handle several types of varieties of zombies including Space Zombies, Evil Magic Zombies, Pathogenic Zombies, Radiation Zombies, Vegetarian Zombies and even Chicken Zombies. Yep Chicken Zombies (maybe that is why the USDA put out that solicitation for sub-machine guns last week!)
Want to check out the full documented? Here you go: