The secret Defense Department zombie plan named CONOP 8888 is real - and yet it’s not. Designed as a plan that "could never be mistaken for a real plan," military planners assigned to the U.S. Strategic Command took this Zombie scenario to a very real place.
CONOP 8888 is a real training exercise. It’s not necessarily used by troops all that often, but according to the publication known as Foreign Policy, it does indeed exist. Speaking with Navy Captain Pamela Kunze, spokesperson for Strategic Command, it was made clear that "this document is not a U.S. Strategic Command plan."
Instead the document is "identified as a training tool used in an in-house training exercise." The reason for its existence is simple.
Between 2009 and 2010, U.S. Strategic Command’s Omaha, Nebraska site had a number of military planners working on a document. This document would be made for planning, and it would be used for training.
One very important point taken under consideration in the creation of CONOP 8888 was the "political fallout that occurs" when a fictional training scenario is "actually a real plan." Instead of creating plans of attack against real enemies, this group opted to use Zombies.
This plan works with the following points of import and action:
1. If necessary, conduct operations that will, if directed, eradicate Zombie threats to human safety. b(U)
2. Establish and maintain a vigilant defensive condition aimed at protecting humankind from zombies. a(U)
3. Aid civil authorities in maintaining law and order and restoring basic services.
4. Phases: Shape (train), Deter, Seize Initiative, Dominate, Stabilize, Restore Civil Authority.
5. Support Federal, State, and Tribal Agencies efforts to restore basic services in disaster areas.
Types of Zombies CONOP 8888 prepares for (not entirely comprehensive vs final document):
A. EMZ (Evil Magic Zombies) - Created VIA some form of occult experimentation in what might otherwise be referred to as 'evil magic.'
B. Vegetarian Zombies - Pose no direct threat to humans because they only eat plant life.*
C. CZ Zombies - Old chickens murdered by farmers with carbon monoxide and buried coming back to life, emerging from the ground.
D. Pathogenic Zombies - Zombie life forms created after an organism is infected by a virus of bacteria or some other form of contagion.
E. Space Zombies - Zombie life forms originating from space or created by toxic contamination of the earth environment VIA some form of extra-terrestrial toxin or radiation.
*OF NOTE - regarding VZs - where normal carnivorous zombie commonly groan the word "brains" semi-comprehensibly, Vegetarian Zombies can be identified by their aversion to humans, affinity for plants, and their tendency to semi-comprehensibly groan the word "grains."
The above points are arranged in no particular order, but are numbered for your convenience to aid in potential discussion of real Zombie attack. As a final point to draw on from the official plan shared on Scribd, Legal Considerations are also in place.
According to the document, U.S. and international law "regulate military operations only insofar as human and animal life are concerned." It goes on to note that "there are almost no restrictions on hostile actions that may be taken either defensively or offensively against pathogenic life forms, organic-robotic entities, or 'traditional' zombies."
In other words - all you half-robot, half-human mutants and freakazoids out there need to watch out, the United States Military is set to gun for you when the time is right.
ALSO NOTE: While the Military is prepared for Zombies, the U.S. Air Force is ready for Godzilla. They've said so.
VIA: Foreign Policy