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article imagePentagon has a plan to deal with a zombie apocalypse

By Michael Thomas     May 15, 2014 in World
Don't worry, zombies haven't invaded the Earth — yet — but should they ever become a problem, the Pentagon in the U.S. has a plan to deal with them.
The unclassified CONPLAN 8888 is a comprehensive document that the Defense Department put together in case of a zombie apocalypse. The chief aim of the plan, according to Business Insider, is to protect non-zombies (ie. humanity) from the threat of zombie hordes.
Apparently CONPLAN 8888 details three main steps: the first is to maintain a defensive perimeter to protect human life; the second is to conduct operations that would eliminate zombie threats; the third is to aid civil authorities in restoring law and order.
It should be noted that the Defense Department doesn't actually believe a zombie uprising would ever actually happen; rather, it was designed as a fun training exercise.
"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 told Foreign Policy in an email. "This document is not a U.S. Strategic Command plan."
CONPLAN 8888 covers a broad palette of zombie origins and configurations, from "vegetarian zombies" to zombies created by dark magic to those engineered by scientists. It even covers chicken zombies.
""Although it sounds ridiculous, this is actually the only proven class of zombie that actually exists," the plan says. "CZs" are created when old hens that can no longer lay eggs are killed by farmers with carbon monoxide. After the chickens are buried, they claw back to the surface. "CZs are simply terrifying to behold and are likely only to make people become vegetarians in protest to animal cruelty."
A disclaimer at the beginning of the plan says that it was not written as a joke, but that the hyperbole of a zombie survival plan turned out to be a useful and effective training tool for soldiers.
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