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Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Pentagon has a contingency plan for just about everything — and that includes the zombie apocalypse.

“CONOP 8888” is an unclassified document from April 30, 2011, by the Defense Department. It serves as a blueprint for how the U.S. would handle such an ordeal to “preserve the sanctity of human life” among “non-zombie humans,” Foreign Policy reported Tuesday.

The military’s “Counter-Zombie Dominance” plan was hatched in 2009 and 2010 when U.S. Strategic Command in Omaha, Nebraska, needed a creative way to conduct training that the civilian population wouldn’t misinterpret in terms of civil liberties or real-world foreign policy objectives. Planners needed an intriguing situation (e.g., a deadly pathogen essentially turning people or animals into zombies) that would not cause political blow back for policymakers.

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“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,” CONOP 8888’s plan summary reads, Foreign Policy reported. “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.”

Navy Capt. Pamela Kunze, a spokeswoman for Strategic Command, stressed to Foreign Policy via email that the document was only for training purposes, saying: “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. […] This document is not a U.S. Strategic Command plan.”

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