Don’t we all know someone who has seriously considered a zombie apocalypse plan? (There’s definitely a few in The Edge office!) Clearly the recent throng of zombie films and movies are starting to get to some of us. And while we may laugh, the joke became less funny when it was found The Pentagon has a Zombie Apocalypse Plan. Perhaps The Walking Dead sparked something in Obama, or maybe top Pentagon staff had a good old movie night and someone decided to chuck on 28 Days Later. At any rate, there must be some underlying, realistic threat that saw a need for the plan.
A big kudos to Foreign Policy Magazine which discovered the plan, created “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 document is known as CONOP 8888 and while it isn’t simply The Pentagon having a laugh, it isn’t entirely serious either and is actually being used as a training tool. The plan is a way to prepare Pentagon personal for other disasters and warfare situations. The plan involves various levels of threat; including the scenario that zombie-ism is easily transmissible with little human immunity. It also warns of “Chicken Zombies” where aged hens are incompletely euthanised and dig their way out of their graves. (FYI this apparently does happen!)
America isn’t the only country preparing for the zombie apocalypse, with Canada also talking of plans to induce a zombie apocalypse to force disaster and military workers into unprecedented situations and better prepare for natural and military disasters. The scenario has been shelved after criticism that it was, perhaps, a waste of government money. There was a very lively debate in Canadian parliament about whether to go ahead with an emergency plan (watch as the laughter from the House rises).