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Inside CONPLAN 8888, the Pentagon’s ‘Dead’ Serious Plan to Combat a Zombie Apocalypse
The US military has a plan for dealing with a ‘zombie apocalypse,’ and it’s serious. Dead serious.
Foreign Policy first obtained a copy of the anti-‘zombie’ plan, called CONPLAN 8888 or CONOP 8888. It details steps the military would take in the event re-animated corpses walk the earth and feast on the living.
According to CONPLAN 8888, which is also known as “Counter-Zombie Dominance,” US troops would attempt to eradicate the ‘walking dead’ in an effort to “preserve the sanctity of human life” among all the “non-zombie humans.”
The Pentagon would “undertake military operations to preserve ‘non-zombie’ humans from the threats posed by a zombie horde,” CONPLAN 8888’s summary states. “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.”
A section of the plan titled “Zombie Threat Summary” details the various types of undead adversaries that might post a threat to humanity. These include vegetarian ‘zombies,’ “evil magic zombies” resulting from black magic and– wait for it– “chicken zombies.”
It turns out that chicken zombies actually exist. Old egg-laying hens which are euthanized and buried by farmers have been known to claw their way out of the ground.
“Although it sounds ridiculous, this is actually the only proven class of zombie that actually exists,” CONPLAN 8888 states.
“This plan was not actually designed as a joke,” asserts a disclaimer in the plan, although STRATCOM Capt. Pamela Kunze told Foreign Policy in an email that “this document is not a US Strategic Command plan.”
“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,” wrote Kunze.
This isn’t the first time an official US agency has used the ‘zombie apocalypse’ scenario in planning exercises. In a novel campaign to teach Americans about disaster preparedness, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in 2011 published a ‘zombie apocalypse’ preparation guide.
The CDC has also publicly declared that ‘zombies’ do not exist.
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