World of the Bizarre
Pentagon has a zombie outbreak defense plan
By T.K. Randall
September 21, 2020 · 21 comments
It'll never actually happen, but it can't harm to be prepared. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 sookie
It turns out that there is a genuine plan in place to defend the United States in the event of a zombie apocalypse.
The destruction of mankind at the hands of a contagious zombie virus is a scenario that has played out time and again in movies, books and TV shows, but what if it were to actually happen for real ?
It might seem like a scenario that the US government would never take seriously, but in actual fact there does exist a zombie apocalypse defense plan - albeit one that even admits that such a thing is never likely to actually happen in reality.
Known as CONOP 8888, the official zombie preparedness plan includes a disclaimer noting that it was "not actually designed as a joke" and that the strategies outlined are the real deal.
It was written back in 2011 by junior military officers at the US Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) as a training exercise that tasked them with presenting a general invasion contingency plan.
The resulting 31 page document - viewable here
- includes many of the concepts you might expect to find in such a plan, especially if you are a fan of zombie apocalypse movies.
What's interesting is the seriousness of the presentation, despite the inclusion of fantastical concepts such as "evil magic zombies", "space zombies" and other bizarre theoretical subcategories.
It's clear that the plan was never intended to be taken literally - as far as zombies are concerned anyway - and serves as more of a general template for an invasion scenario.
Even so, it's certainly worth a read.
Source: Open Culture
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