The zombie plague is taking over the world, the world of popular culture that is. But what would happen if the fictional illness became more fact than fiction? That's where the Pentagon comes in, yes, the Pentagon.
According to Foreign Policy magazine, the country's military leaders have a plan called CONOP 8888, or a zombie survival plan that will "preserve the sanctity of human life" among all "non-zombie humans."
CONOP 8888 is the guide to battling the undead, and not only the flesh-eating human varieties, but also chicken zombies, vegetarian zombies (who knew there were chicken or vegetarian ones?) and even those difficult-to-kill "evil magic zombies." The full description of the zombie types, including the weaponized ones, are here.
According to NBC News, the Department of Defense calls the zombie apocalypse plan "fictional contingency planning guidance" and came up with the title of "Counter Zombie Dominance." The worst case scenario is high "transmissibility," or in non-DoD speak, hordes of walking dead infecting the population, with little ability of the non-infected to combat the illness, NBC News reported.
The Daily Mail said that the plan has a disclaimer that it isn't a joke, but was developed after military planners wanted a scenario for dealing with a national emergency that was so widespread. Zombies were the stand-in for real threats.
Foreign Policy magazine reported that the plan isn't a true U.S. Strategic Command plan, only a training tool that was developed during 2009 and 2010. Zombies are just the bad guys in the plan that could be adapted to a real threat.
The magazine quoted Navy Capt. Pamela Kunze, a spokeswoman for for Strategic Command, admitting the plan exists, but that it is used as training for students to learn basically military planning through a fictional scenario.
Zombies have been used in other government situations. The Centers for Disease Control had a public awareness campaign to highlight the importance of emergency preparedness that centered on zombies.
Click here to read CONOP 8888 in its entirety.