Pentagon ‘zombie apocalypse’ plan gets media roars

Since an unclassified report was disclosed, strange 'facts' about an anti-zombie plan have been reported

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Only a few days after it was revealed that the Pentagon has devised a “battle plan” in the event of zombie outbreak – yes, a zombie outbreak – details of the plan of action have been scrutinized in greater detail.

Believe it or not, the plan was not designed as a joke.

“CONOP 888,” otherwise known as "Counter-Zombie Dominance," was written in 2011 as part of a training exercise.

In an unclassified document titled "CONOP 8888," officials from U.S. Strategic Command used the specter of a planet-wide attack by the walking dead as a training template for how to plan for real-life, large-scale operations, emergencies and catastrophes, CNN reported on Friday.

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The summary of the report says: “This plan fulfills fictional contingency-planning guidance tasking for U.S. Strategic Command to develop a comprehensive [plan] to undertake military operations to preserve ‘non-zombie’ humans from the threats posed by a zombie horde.”

A spokesperson from the Pentagon said there was a reasonable explanation for the elaborate 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," Navy Capt. Pamela Kunze, a spokeswoman for U.S. Strategic Command, told CNN.

Chicken Zombies?

Foreign Policy, which first obtained the unclassified document reported: “CONOP 8888 is a zombie survival plan, 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.”

Chicken zombies are "the only proven class of zombie that actually exists," the report notes, explaining that they are old egg-laying hens that are no longer profitable for poultry farmers to feed and house, and so are euthanized and turned into compost.


Since the news was reported, strange facts about the anti-zombie plan have been widely reported, such as the legal status of zombies.

“Chicken or otherwise, zombies qualify as neither human nor animal life,” wrote Live Science reporter Stephanie Pappas, citing the Pentagon report.

“Thus, the military is free to counterattack without concern for U.S. and international laws that regulate treatment of opposing forces,” Pappas added.

Britain’s plan of attack

Also in response to the news, Britain’s Daily Mail revealed that the Pentagon is not the only country with a zombie outbreak plan – Britain has one too.

“In 2012, Britain's contingency plans for a zombie onslaught emerged in a response to an enquiry from a member of the public.

“The Ministry of Defense replied to the Freedom of Information request: 'In the event of an apocalyptic incident (e.g. zombies), any plans to rebuild and return England to its pre-attack glory would be led by the Cabinet Office, and thus any pre-planning activity would also take place there,’” the newspaper reported.