If you’re worried about “The Walking Dead” becoming reality, don’t. That’s because the military has a plan to prevent a zombie apocalypse. Sort of.
Be careful though and don’t confuse this with the Centers for Disease Control’s zombie public awareness campaign — the military has apparently thought of everything to defend against zombies and it’s all contained in an unclassified document named “CONOP 8888.” The plan is also known as “Counter-Zombie Dominance.”
Foreign Policy has broken it down and describes it as 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.”
“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,” the report reads.
It also states “if necessary, conduct operations that will, if directed, eradicate zombie threats to human safety.”
CONOP 8888 also looks at a worst-case scenario, where zombies are infecting and eating people at such a rapid rate, there are few effective countermeasures for the military to employ.
OK, so this document has to be a joke, right?
Yes, and no. In fact, it’s all part of an elaborate training exercise.
“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 document reads. “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.”
Via Foreign Policy