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The Pentagon's plan to stop the zombie apocalypse
Stars & Stripes ^ | May 18, 2014 | Gordon Lubold

Posted on 05/19/2014 9:03:30 AM PDT by Timber Rattler

The U.S. military has always been the one place in government with a plan, forever in preparation mode and ready to yank a blueprint off the shelf for almost any contingency. Need a response for a Russian nuclear missile launch? Check. Have to rescue a U.S. ambassador kidnapped by drug lords? Got that covered. How about a detailed strategy for surviving a zombie apocalypse? As it turns out, check.

Incredibly, the Defense Department has a response if zombies attacked and the armed forces had to eradicate flesh-eating walkers in order to "preserve the sanctity of human life" among all the "non-zombie humans."

Buried on the military's secret computer network is an unclassified document, obtained by Foreign Policy, called "CONOP 8888." It's 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.

(Excerpt) Read more at stripes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: defense; dod; zombie
As usual, DoD is on top of things...
1 posted on 05/19/2014 9:03:30 AM PDT by Timber Rattler
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To: Timber Rattler
Incredibly, the Defense Department has a response if zombies attacked and the armed forces had to eradicate flesh-eating walkers in order to "preserve the sanctity of human life" among all the "non-zombie humans."

Depends on how you define "zombie". The plan itself is probably pretty flexible, just replace "zombie' with "Tea Party" and your plan of action is still in place.

2 posted on 05/19/2014 9:14:24 AM PDT by capydick (''Life's tough.......it's even tougher if you're stupid.'')
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To: capydick

Yep, Zombie is just a nice way to say “urban” or “conservatives” or whatever internal threat that just happens to have to be shot in the head.


3 posted on 05/19/2014 9:16:59 AM PDT by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat they sh#t on.)
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To: capydick

I have never watched a Walking Dead show. I cannot escape the endless ads and trailers. I always have thought the purpose of the series was to deaden people to shooting other people in the head without remorse.


4 posted on 05/19/2014 9:18:53 AM PDT by the anti-mahdi
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To: Timber Rattler

It’s too late and the plan doesn’t work. The zombies are already in control of Washington, D.C. and most northern cities. They have infiltrated the military and are seeking to establish complete control throughout the heartland. Fortunately, this strain of Zombie sp. doesn’t actually eat the victims brain; they simply homogenize it with public education and inject toxins as they need too for populace control thus creating new ranks of fellow zombies. The only known antidote is communicating truth and, as of the time of this writing, they essentially control the major information outlets in the country and throughout the world.


5 posted on 05/19/2014 9:19:12 AM PDT by WorkingClassFilth
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To: Dick Vomer

zombie is code for:

low information voter riots,
isolation of a disease (let them die zones),
rednecks,
starving liberals,
asynchronous invaders (illegal alien mobs)


6 posted on 05/19/2014 9:20:20 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: the anti-mahdi

Really? That’s why you think they made a tv show out of the comic?


7 posted on 05/19/2014 9:24:54 AM PDT by redhawk.44mag
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To: capydick

Exactly!


8 posted on 05/19/2014 9:42:56 AM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos.)
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To: WorkingClassFilth
You nailed it.

The DoD's plan is in place just in case another breed of zombies tries to takeover from the current zombies in office.

9 posted on 05/19/2014 9:46:29 AM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: Timber Rattler

We have a bunch of liberal zombies.


10 posted on 05/19/2014 9:50:04 AM PDT by Catechuman
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To: redhawk.44mag

I’ve seen the TV show but don’t know anything about the comic, what year did the comic first come out?


11 posted on 05/19/2014 9:50:19 AM PDT by RipSawyer
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To: capydick

Yeh Zombie means veteran, constitutionalist, Christian, heterosexual, anti abortion etc.


12 posted on 05/19/2014 9:55:22 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Squawk 8888

CONOP 8888? A relation of yours???


13 posted on 05/19/2014 9:56:39 AM PDT by null and void (When was the last time you heard anyone say: "It's a free country"?)
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To: the anti-mahdi

Actually a big part of the plot is remorse, people grappling with having to rekill dead loved ones, and the emotional fallout of actions needed to survive.


14 posted on 05/19/2014 9:59:10 AM PDT by discostu (Seriously, do we no longer do "phrasing"?!)
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To: null and void

I’m not telling ;)


15 posted on 05/19/2014 10:03:30 AM PDT by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: Timber Rattler
If I were teaching in a war college, I'd be having the class do this as an exercise, the same way I'd have invasion plans for Canada (both ways, them invading us and vise-versa). The advantage over a more realistic scenario is that they can explore a wider scope of options and capabilities than they can on a situation that is too real, too close to home.

They aren't as constrained by what they know and think they know. (Before WWII it was assumed that Japanese couldn't be effective pilots because they had no sense of balance!)

16 posted on 05/19/2014 10:17:03 AM PDT by null and void (When was the last time you heard anyone say: "It's a free country"?)
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To: who_would_fardels_bear; WorkingClassFilth; WayneS; capydick; the anti-mahdi

I’ve never really been a fan of zombie apocalypse movies and such. “Night of the Living Dead” was a midnight movie cult classic when I was in college, for the same reason as “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”: it was an excuse to get out of the dorm late at night, meet girls, make them squeal and get them drunk.

Medically speaking, the entire concept of a zombie is just freakin ridiculous at first glance. The brain deteriorates to the point of not functioning after ten minutes without oxygen. So the idea of shooting, bashing or stabbing a zombie in the head to destroy it — I refuse to say “kill,” since you can’t kill something that’s already dead — compounds the ridiculous nature of this. A zombie brain isn’t functioning in the first place, so it’s kind of like appealing to a Hollywood Democrat’s sense of decency.

The two most recent efforts in this genre, however, have been a pleasant surprise. “World War Z” posits a zombie virus that animates the corpse after ten seconds — which is certainly a timespan that’s brief enough to keep the brain alive. And “The Walking Dead” posits a zombie which is controlled from the brain stem, which can survive much longer than the rest of the brain without oxygen.

Both of these works exhibit real plots, quality character development and relationships among survivors, and group dynamics that were either pitiful or simply nonexistent in earlier shows, such as “Night of the Living Dead.”

Enough criticism of “the cinema” such as it is ... let’s take a look at the DoD plan. The zombie apocalypse idea is so far-fetched: even assuming that a WWZ or TWD type virus could develop or be developed, it would have to spread and the contagion would have to be rapid.

This is what leads me to believe that “zombie” might be a code word for something else.


17 posted on 05/19/2014 10:19:18 AM PDT by Bryan ( The Democrats are destroying this country, one check at a time)
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To: capydick

The zombie plan still works if you have a biowarfare strain that interferes with upper logic functions and/or makes people violent.


18 posted on 05/19/2014 10:24:08 AM PDT by tbw2
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To: Bryan

It’s just a useful scenario to war game. Really if you throw out the fantastical element what you have in a zombie scenario is this:
80% of the people are gone
about half of them have been “replaced” with highly contagious psychopaths
the infrastructure is gone
command structure has become nearly impossible to maintain
there will be no resupply
What do you do?

It’s an excellent worst case scenario to study. Made more useful by the large quantity of movies, books and now even TV shows that have worked in that ground, giving you a lot reasons why things that seem like good ideas might not actually work. All the best stuff within the genre is focused a lot more on how humans deal with this situation and how the situation changes them than on the zombies. There’s a lot of fertile ground for people who are in charge of people to consider.


19 posted on 05/19/2014 10:32:03 AM PDT by discostu (Seriously, do we no longer do "phrasing"?!)
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To: RipSawyer

Early this century I believe.


20 posted on 05/19/2014 10:52:23 AM PDT by redhawk.44mag
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To: discostu

Aren’t we operating with at least 3 out of those 5 conditions every day?

50% “replaced” with highly contagious psychopaths - democrats...

infrastructure is gone - check out the condition of our roads, bridges, water and sewer systems...

command structure is nearly impossible to maintain - Obama mal-Administration...


21 posted on 05/19/2014 11:10:48 AM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos.)
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To: the anti-mahdi

your statement shows how incorrect your assumption is. and that you’ve never watched the show.


22 posted on 05/19/2014 12:21:36 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Bryan
"Both of these works exhibit real plots, quality character development and relationships among survivors, and group dynamics that were either pitiful or simply nonexistent in earlier shows, such as “Night of the Living Dead.”"

You didn't watch the same classic ... in all senses of the word and not just horror or B-movie categories ... that I did.

There was plenty of interpersonal dynamic between the characters and there was a profound message weaved throughout.

Same with "Dawn of the Dead". Another instant classic.

"Day of the Dead" is a different story.

23 posted on 05/19/2014 1:47:56 PM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: Secret Agent Man

I stated as much.


24 posted on 05/20/2014 4:07:26 AM PDT by the anti-mahdi
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To: the anti-mahdi

i know, i was agreeing with you based on your statement. you couldn’t have possibly watched the show given what you assumed about it.


25 posted on 05/20/2014 11:59:16 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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