Deep within the vaults of the Pentagon is a strategy plan for the military to stave off a zombie apocalypse. It is also accessible over a "secure Internet website," reports the spokesperson for the Strategic Command. Apparently, this is not a joke, but an official plan for the military and the government to follow if zombies try to inherit the earth, according to Newsday on May 16.
Does the government know something the general public doesn’t know, like there’s actually a possibility that the dead can rise one day and start eating the living? Or is this a case of the top brass watching way too much TV?
While plans exist for ever other type of crisis like a nuclear attack or some type of biological weapon attack, this zombie attack is detailed on how to respond if zombies attacked. It is designed to guide the military in the best way to “preserve the sanctity of human life.”
After watching “The Walking Dead” series that is aired on AMC, you would understand why a plan for a zombie apocalypse was definitely needed. Once the zombies hit it was every man for himself and the world was thrown into lawless chaos. But that is fiction, isn’t it? How could the dead rise up and rule the earth?
The plan, which is officially tagged as “CONOP 888,” is actually a zombie survival plan. It is described as:
“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"
CNN News explains the plan as:
"Officials from U.S. Strategic Command used the specter of a planet-wide attack by the walking dead as a training template for how to plan for real-life, large-scale operations, emergencies and catastrophes."
This plan was devised in 2009 and 2010 by military planners assigned to the U.S. Strategic Command in Omaha, Nebraska. While it covers everything from the political fallout to securing the Internet, this plan was devised using “zombies as their muse.”
While a zombie apocalypse is an impossibility and thankfully the government realizes this too, the plan used the zombies because it is a scenario that covers just about every possible aspect of a grand scale crisis.
Being prepared for a zombie apocalypse pretty much covers almost any disaster, as far as the fallout. Besides using the zombie scenario as a muse, the planners didn’t want any mistakes made when they had a large-scale fictional training scenario with the public believing it is the real thing.
Navy Capt. Pamela Kunze, who is a spokesperson for the Strategic Command acknowledges the existence of the documents making up a zombie apocalypse plan. She reports that it exists on a “secure internet site.” She also explained the use of the zombies for an apocalypse training:
"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 War-fighting School, we elected to use a completely-impossible scenario that could never be mistaken for a real plan."
When the CDC had their zombie training scenario, no one mistook the training for a real-life catastrophe. The military lays claim to the zombie apocalypse plan before anyone else. Apparently the CDC borrowed their idea.
You have to admit the plan reads a bit bizarre. It goes on to give different zombie-types, such as “vegetarian zombies,” “chicken zombies” and “evil magic zombies.” The catalog of zombies includes zombies from outer space, zombies created by Frankensteinian bio-engineers and humans who have been turned into zombies via a pathogen.
The different zombie types are just cute titles for the different types of real-life catastrophes that could occur. No one can say that the U.S. Government isn't creative!