Therefore having a population that is not composed of zombies or at risk from their malign influence is vital to U. Yes, the U. And this is the organization that created an honest-to-goodness zombie defense plan. CONOP — made public thanks to a report by Foreign Policy in — serves as an outline of what would have to be done in the event that the sort of zombie apocalypse depicted in shows like The Walking Dead happens in real life.
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Shrugging, you reach for your laptop and flip it open, double-clicking on Firefox because Safari and Chrome are trash browsers. Oddly, Firefox also refuses to load. Weird, you think to yourself, as you throw on some pants and check your desktop- which also has no internet connection. Now edging to a full-blown First World panic, you head downstairs to make sure mom paid the internet bill.
You find her there, in the kitchen, aimlessly mixing something. You make a run for it, rushing outside and fleeing for your life, but the neighbors spot you and take off running after you too! Instinctively you duck down, and in front of you a military patrol in humvees opens up,. Overhead you hear the roar of jets as pound bombs are being dropped all over your former suburban neighborhood. Welcome to the zombie apocalypse. The previous scenario has been a staple of science fiction for decades, and stories of zombie apocalypses have thrilled and terrified generations of humanity.
Yet for the United States military, the zombie apocalypse is no laughing matter, and they have a plan to stop it dead in its tracks, pun fully intended- Contingency Plan Throughout the years American war planners have created plans for everything from nuclear war with the Soviet Union, to an enemy invasion of the US mainland, to responding to a massive asteroid or comet strike on the planet earth. Advertisement These plans are highly secretive, as are other contingency plans, and present military options to combat a variety of different alien invasion scenarios- at least as best as our limited technology allows.
Originally ConPlan was developed as a teaching tool for American military planners. It was meant to be a fun exercise that introduced new war planners to the complexities of developing realistic response plans to a variety of contingencies. Because of the threat of war plans being made public, the instructors behind the original ConPlan exercises wanted to use a completely fictional scenario, rather than using realistic scenarios with real nations that could be misconstrued in the public eye as an actual war plan.
So what does ConPlan involve? First, the plan addresses the threats from a variety of different types of zombies. First is the PZ, or pathogenic zombies. These are zombies who are created after a host is infected by a virus, bacteria, or other form of contagion. EMZs are evil magic zombies, or zombies created by an evil, occult force. WZs, or weaponized zombies, are zombies which have been developed in a lab somewhere to be used as a military weapon, perhaps deployed by a foreign adversary.
SIZs are Symbiant-induced zombies, or zombies who are created by the introduction of a symbiant life form into a healthy host. The symbiant keeps the host alive, but acting as its personal puppet.
VZs, or Vegetarian zombies, are zombies who do not feed on flesh- human or otherwise-but rather who feed on plant life, such as zombies from the Plants Vs Zombies series of video games. These zombies pose just as great a threat to humanity due to their appetite for vegetation which can cause massive deforestation and the destruction of food crops. Lastly, the plan addressed the threat posed by CZs, or Chicken zombies, which are the only type of zombie that actually exist. These zombies are produced when chickens are improperly euthanized with carbon monoxide and left in a pile of bodies, only for the still living chicken to crawl its way out of the pile and walk around until organ failure kills it.
Next the plan moves on to discuss the effect of the environment on both zombies and the surviving human population. Thanks to this sensitivity, pathogenic zombies are not expected to be active during noon or in bright, sunny conditions, and will likely be active at night.
Evil magic zombies, space zombies, vegetarian zombies, and weaponized zombies are believed to be immune to any extreme meteorological phenomena except for fires, floods, tornadoes or tsunamis. For human survivors, the plan stresses the need for rainwater conservation, seeing as most public services will no longer be working. From here, the plan moves on to 5 phases of response to a zombie outbreak. Upon news of the dead rising from their graves, or evil wizards creating zombie hordes, the US military will initiate Phase 0 of ConPlan Military and civil agencies will monitor disease vectors for possible zombification, identifying any ways that infection can spread and taking precautionary measures.
With constant monitoring the US military will be ready once the outbreak reaches critical levels, or is unleashed in full inside North America. In a normal war plan, this phase of planning involves displays of military power so that foreign adversaries are deterred from hostile action.
Because zombies cannot be reasoned with or intimidated however, other forces which could further spread a zombie plague or aid in a zombie apocalypse, such as terrorist groups,adversary nations, and unethical bio research companies are targeted instead. Phase 1 will see the US military initiate large-scale training meant to show any would-be human collaborators that the US military can still operate within a toxic and contaminated environment, hopefully deterring evil bio research companies or terrorists from aiding the zombie apocalypse.
This will immediately initiate a complete recall of all military and reserve personnel,and the immediate implementation of all continuity of operations plans. The plan will deploy all ground, naval, and airborne command and control nodes, with preparations to remain deployed for at minimum 35 days.
This will ensure that the US military remains in control of its forces no matter what happens next. The rest of the US military will immediately begin fortifying civilian defense zones and enforcing quarantines where applicable.
Combat operations must be swift and completely eradicate zombie concentrations, as even alone survivor can reignite a zombie outbreak. Cities and other major population centers may need to be indefinitely blockaded by military forces while the civilians are relocated to more remote areas.
Phase 4, Stabilization, will begin no earlier than at least 40 days after the initiation of Phase 3 operations. US military forces will begin initiating local reconnaissance operations in order to determine the strength of surviving zombie forces. They will also locate isolated pockets of survivors and shepherd them to secure areas, as well as survey the status of basic civil services such as power, water, sewage and lines of communication.
Recon forces will also conduct surveys of the epidemiological security of the local environment, ascertaining if a lingering zombie infection threat is still remaining. Phase 5, Normalization, will see US military forces aid in the reestablishment of civil authority.
Commercial and civilian infrastructure will be repaired as best as possible, and the restoration of functioning civil services will be a top priority. ConPlan aims to prepare the US military to stop a zombie apocalypse dead in its tracks,and highlights the specific actions that local forces need to take in order to ensure their survival and the continued ability to fight back against the zombie hordes.
The plan does highlight some current strategic limitations however, such as a lack of a dedicated counter-zombie military task force. There is also the difficulty in ensuring a zombie is truly neutralized, though the plan does recommend that military forces burn all bodies thoroughly. Other strategic limitations include the inability to maintain airborne command posts in the air past a week.
This is because while in-flight refueling could keep airborne command posts operational for a month or perhaps even more if needed, the air fields that support the tankers which would fuel these aircraft would likely be overrun by zombies very quickly. ConPlan recommends that facilities maintain a stockpile of lumber and train their personnel how to weld, so they can better secure their facilities against outside intrusion.
Lastly, the plan warns that there is little useful scientific data to be used by the US military to counter a zombie threat, and war planners may need to turn to popular media for inspiration on destroying the walking dead. There is also a dire warning within ConPlan that of all the different types of zombies that the US military may have to face, evil magic zombies may prove to be the most difficult to defeat, as they are animated by evil magic. The plan suggests the recruitment of the Chaplain Corps to combat this threat.
Do you think any plan could really stop a zombie apocalypse? What type of zombie would you be most afraid of?
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