CONPLAN 8888 – The U.S. Military Defense Strategy for Zombie Infestation

By Justin Stakes

Justin Stakes
The US Military has devised a strategy for the zombie apocalypse
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Rancho Cucamonga, CA -( The idea of a world pandemic triggered by a zombie virus has become an extensively prevalent notion portrayed throughout all kinds of fictional entertainment mediums such as television, anime, and even comic books.

Including recent cultural adaptations such as AMC’s stellar Walking Dead series and video games similar to Capcom’s Resident Evil series and Activision’s Black Ops 2: Zombies.

For anyone that might be concerned of such a dubious situation, the United States Military does indeed have a strategy to defend our great nation from the zombie apocalypse. It is called “CONPLAN 88”

It’s an exceedingly detailed plan; created by real military recruits, using real money coming straight out of the taxpayers’ pocket.

The delineated strategy states, “Because the plan was so ridiculous, our students not only enjoyed the lessons; they actually were able to explore the basic concepts of plan and order development (fact, assumptions, specified and implied tasks, references, etc.) very effectively.”

CONPLAN 8888 was specifically designed to be implemented across 6 individual phases of military operations. The overall plan is unbelievably detailed and written a few years back throughout the course of an exercise at the U.S. Strategic Command in Omaha, Nebraska.

While it seems like a rather intuitive joke, the plan is called CONPLAN 8888 or “Counter-Zombie Dominance” and is as real as it could possibly be. There’s even a disclaimer towards the beginning that explains in detail how the plan was not intended to be designed as a joke, but as a real training exercise.

I can understand why such a plan was created. In the underlying elements of such a disaster, in this case a Zombie Infestation, would be an incredibly dangerous situation to all human life and our existence and prevalence to carry on as a species. A zombie outbreak has the potential of seriously undermining our national security and economic securities that help us sustain our current way of life (Nevertheless as Zombie infestations go, I’m sure all of the outdoor, hunting and shooting enthusiasts like myself would have no problem combating these vial creatures).

From CONPLAN 8888;

“Given the rapidity at which zombie outbreaks spread, decisive, overwhelming, and possibly unilateral military force may be required to negate the zombie threat.”

What may be the most interesting part of the plan is how they went about researching and gathering the theoretical information required to devise such a plan.

“Because accurate intelligence related to zombies will be hard to obtain using traditional methods, planners will have to assume worst-case scenarios derived from popular culture references (books, movies, comic books) to adequately model zombie threats.”

The whole plan is well thought out and quite an excellent and fascinating read, I would recommend it to any shooting and survival enthusiasts that are fans of fictional story stuff like The Walking Dead.

USA Zombie Survival Plan – CONPLAN 8888

Article by Justin Stakes
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Justin Stakes is a Freelance Photographer and Journalist dealing with a variety of different subjects that interest and inspire. His photographic style is a mixture of photojournalism and fine art which results in very sharp and colorful photos. He has won three Photo Show Competitions throughout his and has even been exhibited in the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art. Through his education, he has had the pleasure and honor of being taught by some of the best professionals in the field of Public Relations, Studio and Fine Art Photography.

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TSgt B

If it weren’t for the current crop of zombies running and supporting the “government”, I call this an unbelievable crock of sh!t. However, under the present circumstances, I can’t. We, my friends, are in deep sh!t as a nation.


8888….. I see what they did there… and so does Eric;)

Dr. Strangelove

The zombies I’m worried about are the Obama voters roaming the streets clutching their impotent EBT cards after the economy collapses. If you have brains, look out.


Vanns40- If you truly believe that then you are an idiot. Stop getting your facts from foil-wrapped heads.
This scenario isn’t about shooting zombies. It’s about dealing with a viral outbreak that spreads fast and kills everyone infected.


It wouldn’t be such an interesting exercise if they substituted citizen dissidents, activists etc for zombies would it. I know, I’m an alarmist, the armed forces would never have that as a motive. Just the same as the armed forces had absolutely pure motives when they inserted the following in a questionnaire for those who were re-inlisting: “if given an order to fire on American Citizens, by a commanding officer, would you obey that order”. Thankfully 70% said they would refuse to do so. Alarmingly 30% said they would! Conditioning is everything. You condition a soldier to play at killing… Read more »

Jesse Scott

Maybe they could implement it against the current virulent infestation…illegal alien invasion.


Ebola is a close example of a zombie plague.