May 19, 2014
US Defense Department Releases Counter-Zombie Dominance Plan
Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online
Everything from natural disasters to catastrophic attacks on American soil are taken seriously by the US military. And a zombie apocalypse, as crazy as it may sound, is another threat the Pentagon is actually taking seriously.
The document, titled “CONPLAN 8888,” discusses how officials from US Strategic Command plan to use the specter of a planet-wide zombie attack as a training template for how to plan for other real-life, large-scale operations, emergencies and catastrophes, reports CNN’s Jamie Crawford.
“This plan was not actually designed as a joke. During the summers of 2009 and 2010, while training augmentees from a local training squadron about the JOPP, members of a USSTRATCOM component found out (by accident) that the hyperbole involved in writing a “zombie survival plan” actually provided a very useful and effective training tool,” says a disclaimer in the document.
"The document is identified as a training tool used in an in-house training exercise where students learn about the basic concepts of military plans and order development through a fictional training scenario," Navy Capt. Pamela Kunze, a spokeswoman for US Strategic Command, told CNN. "This document is not a U.S. Strategic Command plan."
RedOrbit discovered in an exclusive interview last October that despite its deep roots in Hollywood science fiction, a zombie apocalypse has the ability to become a reality when you factor in real world disease, such as the deadly rabies virus.
Rather than focusing just on existing diseases, the Pentagon placed its attention on a wide variety of zombie scenarios, most of which have the potential to wreak havoc on the world to some extent, and at least one that has been previously proven.
In its document, the Defense Department discusses several scenarios that come with their own unique level of threats, are possible scenarios to confront and should be planned for just in case.
The following are CONPLAN 8888’s potential zombie threats:
- Pathogenic Zombies (PZ) are zombie life forms created after an organism is infected by a virus or bacteria or some other form of contagion.
- Radiation Zombies (RZ) are zombie life forms created after an organism is infected by high dosages of electromagnetic and/or particle radiation.
- Evil Magic Zombies (EMZ) are zombie life forms created via some form of occult experimentation in what might otherwise be referred to as “evil magic.”
- Space Zombies (SZ) are zombie life forms originating from space or created by toxic contamination of the earth environment via some form of ET toxin or radiation.
- Weaponized Zombies (WZ) are zombie life forms deliberately created via biological and/or bio-mechanical engineering for the sole purpose of being deployed as weapons.
- Symbiant-Induced Zombies (SIZ) are zombie life forms originating from the introduction of a symbiant life form into an otherwise healthy host. Despite being similar to PZs, SIZs does not kill the host organism quickly, or sometimes at all.
- Vegetarian Zombies (VZ) are zombie life forms originating from any cause but pose no direct threat to humans because they only eat plant life – as in the game “Plants vs. Zombies.” Although VZs do not attack humans, they would consume all plant life, subsequently posing a threat to humanity. Perhaps with some pun intended, the document states that instead of most zombies semi-comprehensibly groaning the word “brains,” VZs would be discernible for their groans of the word “grains” in a similar semi-comprehensible manner
- Chicken Zombies (CZ) are zombie life forms that are of poultry origination. The interesting thing about CZs is that it is the only proven class of zombie that actually exists in today’s world, first documented in Jonathan M. Forrester’s Dec. 2006 article “Zombie Chickens Taking Over California.” A CZ apocalypse occurs when hens can no longer lay eggs and are incorrectly euthanized by farmers using carbon monoxide. The hens, after being deposited in large piles to decompose, inexplicably come back to life and dig themselves out of the piles of dead chickens, and stagger about for a while before expiring due to internal organ failure.
The document also goes on to discuss the environmental effects associated with a zombie apocalypse. It states that the causes of a zombie infection are generally resistant to most environmental effects.
Fighting a zombie apocalypse requires a dedicated plan that begins with zombie awareness training and continues with recalling all personnel to their respective duty stations, deploying reconnaissance teams to ascertain threat levels and safety of the environment, and finally restoring civil authority after a zombie threat has been neutralized.
The document also clearly spells out the rules of engagement with zombies.
"The only assumed way to effectively cause causalities to the zombie ranks by tactical force is the concentration of all firepower to the head, specifically the brain," the plan reads, as cited by CNN. "The only way to ensure a zombie is 'dead' is to burn the zombie corpse."
Also discussed are contingency plans for how to deal with medical facilities that may be infiltrated by zombies, and also the deployment of remote-controlled robots to run critical infrastructure points that may be inaccessible to humans when the threat level becomes too high.
Dealing with a zombie apocalypse would require a chain of command that runs from the President, down through to the State Department and the intelligence community.
The document, which was written up in 2011, is not the first mention of zombies by the US government. Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security have previously used the undead creatures as a vehicle for training purposes.
The Defense Department stressed that this report is solely for the purpose of training exercises and preparedness, and does not mean that a zombie invasion is going to occur anytime soon.
The reason the Defense Department chose a zombie apocalypse for a training scenario makes perfect sense.
"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 says. "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 as a real plan."
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