WASHINGTON (WOOD) — Concerned about an impending zombie apocalypse? Don’t be. The U.S. Department of Defense has you covered.
The DoD has, among its stockpile of disaster contingency plans, a document detailing how the military would respond to a zombie uprising, according to Foreign Policy Magazine.
Created in 2011, it’s actually used for training, Foreign Policy reports. It helps teach how to strategize and consider multiple factors in the event of a catastrophe.
Still, CONOP 8888 — the “Counter-Zombie Dominance” plan — treats the unlikely event of the dead rising quite seriously, according to Foreign Policy. It states its goal as protecting all humans including “traditional adversaries” because “zombies pose a threat to all non-zombie human life.”
The document considers variations on the undead threat, including zombies with “evil magic” origins, extraterrestrial zombies and — a Hollywood-favorite — zombies created by a disease. It also contains plans for a “worst-case scenario” in which zombie-ism would be highly contagious among humans, Foreign Policy reports.
U.S. Strategic Command, however, reminded Foreign Policy firmly that the plan is used only for training. And the document itself makes that clear, stating authors chose a “completely-impossible scenario” so there could be no diplomatic fallout, which would be possible if an example treating a real-life country as a potential threat became public and was mistaken as a legitimate plan.