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HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES STRATEGIC COMMAND
CDRUSSTRATCOM CONPLAN 8888-11 "COUNTER-ZOMBIE DOMINANCE" 30 APR
2011
Classified by: N/A
Reason: N/A
Declassify on: N/A

Contents
 1 (U) DISCLAIMER
 2 (U) LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL
 3 (U) SECURITY INSTRUCTIONS
 4 (U) PLAN SUMMARY
o 4.1 (U) PURPOSE
o 4.2 (U) DEFENSIVE OPERATIONS
o 4.3 (U) OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS
o 4.4 (U) CONDITIONS FOR IMPLEMENTATION
o 4.5 (U) PLAN EXECUTION
o 4.6 (U) ZOMBIE THREAT SUMMARY
o 4.7 (U) o 4.8 ELNEGVAIRLOCNOMNESNIDTEARLAETFIFOENCSTS
 4.9 (U) CONPLAN PHASES
o 4.10 (U) SUPPORTING PLANS
o 4.11 (U) COLLATERAL PLANS
o 4.12 (U) ASSUMPTIONS
o 4.13 (U) OPERATIONAL LIMITATIONS
 4.13.1 (U) CONSTRAINTS
 4.13.2 (U) RESTRAINTS
 4.13.3 (U) SHORTFALLS AND LIMITING FACTORS
o 4.14 (U) COMMAND RELATIONSHIPS
o 4.15 (U) LOGISTICS APPRAISAL
o 4.16 (U) CLASSIFICATION GUIDANCE
 5 (U) BASIC PLAN (Annex A)
o 5.1 (U) SITUATION
o 5.2 (U) EXECUTION
o 5.3 (U) MISSION STATEMENT
o 5.4 (U) COMMANDER'S INTENT
o 5.5 (U) AREAS OF CONCERN
 5.5.1 FLEXIBLE DETERRENT OPTIONS
 5.5.2 ENEMY FORCES
 5.5.3 FRIENDLY FORCES
 5.5.4 DECISIVE POINTS/CENTERS OF GRAVITY(COGs)
 5.5.5 DECISIVE POINTS/CRITICAL CAPABILITIES(CCs)
 5.5.6 DECISIVE POINTS/CRITICAL REQUIREMENTS(CR)
 5.5.7 DECISIVE POINTS/CRITICAL VULNERABILITIES (CV)




(U) DISCLAIMER
(U) CONPLAN 8888 DISCLAIMER: This plan was not actually designed as a joke. During
the summers of 2009 and 2010, while training auginentees from a local training squadron about
the JOPP, members of a USSTRATCOM component found out (by accident) that the hyperbole
involved in writing a "zombie survival plan" actually provided a very useful and effective

training tool. Planners who attended JPME II at the Joint Combined Warfighting School also
realized that training examples for plans must accommodate the political fallout that occurs if the
general public mistakenly believes that a fictional training scenario is actually a real plan. Rather
than risk such an outcome by teaching our augmentees using the fictional "Tunisia- or "Nigeria"
scenarios used at JCWS, we elected to use a completely-impossible scenario that could never be
mistaken as a real plan.
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.
We posted this plan because we feel it is a very enjoyable way to train new planners and boost
retention of critical knowledge. We posted this to Intellipedia after reading about the benefits of
crowd sourcing phenomena in the business management book "The Starfish and the Spider". Our
intent was to place this training tool "in the wild" so that others who were interested in finding
new and innovative ways to train planners could have an alternative and admittedly
unconventional tool at their disposal that could be modified and updated over time. We also
hoped that this type of non-traditional training approach would provide inspiration for other
personnel trying to teach topics that can be very boring. Finally we figured that an entry like this
would not only be instructive, but possibly entertaining for personnel deployed away from their
families supporting military ops abroad. If this plan helps illustrate how JOPP works and brings a
smile or a brief laugh in the process, so much the better,
If you suspend reality for a few minutes, this type of training scenario can actually take a very
dry, monotonous topic and turn it into something rather enjoyable.
(U) LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL
CDRUSSTRATCOM CONPLAN 8888-11 (U) (U) OPR: USSTRATCOM/J53
Letter of Transmittal SUBJECT: CDRUSSTRATCOM CONPLAN 8888-11 (U) SEE
DISTRIBUTION (Annex Z)
1. (U) CDRUSSTRATCOM CONPLAN 8888-11, which provides for Counter-
Zombie dominance Operations is attached.
2. (U) This Document utilizes the format commonly found in USSTRATCOM Concept
Plans, but it is intended for use only during JOPP-related training.
3. (U) File this letter in front of the plan.
FOR THE COMMANDER:
NAME N. RANK Brigadier General , USAF Director, Plans and Policy
(U) SECURITY INSTRUCTIONS

Security Instructions CDRUSSTRATCOM CONPLAN 8888-11 (U) OPR: USSTRATCOM
J53 SECURITY INSTRUCTIONS (U) (U) Plan Title:
1. (U) The long title of this plan is CDRUSSTRATCOM CONPLAN 8888-11
COUNTER-ZOMBIE DOMINANCE OPERATIONS (U).
2. (U) The short title of this plan is CDRUSSTRATCOM CONPLAN 8888-11 (U).
3. (U) This document is unclassified to ensure maximum utility during times of crisis.
Classified capabilities used to counter zombies will be addressed in appropriate orders and
annexes aadapted during crisis action planning to adapt the actions in this plan to current
operational conditions.
4. (U) This document contains information affecting the national defense of the United States
within the meaning of the Espionage Laws, title 18, United States Code, sections 793 and
794. The transmission or revelation of information contained herein, in any manner, to an
unauthorized person is prohibited by law.
5. (U) Reproduction of this document is authorized for general training purposes; reproduce
only in accordance with guidelines for reproduction of classified material outlined in DoD
5200.1-R, Information Security Program. If this were a real plan, the following language would
be included "Do not reproduce this document without the expressed written permission of
CDRUSSTRATCOM or one of his specified subordinate commanders."
(U) PLAN SUMMARY
Plan Summary CDRUSSTRATCOM CONPLAN 8888-11 (U) PLAN SUMMARY
'1. (U) Statement:' (U) This CONPLAN is a contingency oriented plan designed to be used as
a basis/point of departure for Crisis Action Planning (CAP).
(U) PURPOSE
'2. (U) Purpose:' This plan fulfills fictional Contingency Planning Guidance (CPG) tasking for
USSTRATCOM to develop a comprehensive JOPES Level 3 plan to undertake military
operations to preserve "non-zombie" humans from the threats posed by a zombie horde.
Because zombies pose a threat to all "non-zombie" human life (hereafter referred to as
"humans"), USSTRATCOM will be prepared to preserve the sanctity of human life and conduct
operations in support of any human population-including traditional adversaries. The objective
of this plan is threefold:
a. (U) Establish and maintain a vigilant defensive condition aimed at protecting humankind
from zombies
b. (U) If necessary, conduct operations that will, if directed, eradicate zombie threats to
human safety

c. (U) Aid civil authorities in maintaining law and order and restoring basic services during
and after a zombie attack
(U) DEFENSIVE OPERATIONS
3. (U) Defensive operations. Those operations aimed at monitoring the environment for zombierelated
threats and preparing capabilities to respond to the same. This plan's defensive branch
(within Annex C) details protective and preventive measures for humans in response to the threat
scenarios identified in paragraph 6 below. The system of Zombie Conditions (Z-CONS or
ZOMBIECONS) will provide predetermined actions to proactively position the USSTRATCOM
enterprise in response to threat indications and warning.
(U) OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS
'4. (U) Offensive Operations.' Those operations where USSTRATCOM has been directed to
eradicate zombie threats to human safety using military capabilities as aouthorized by POTUS
and SECDEF. This plan's "offensive" branch (within Annex C) and Annex S (STO) details the
neutralization (to render ineffective) of Zombie capabilities through denial, deception,
disruption, degradation or destruction. The system of ZOMBIECONS will proactively
anticipate and respond to increased GCC space capability requirements including offensive
space control capabilities.
(U) CONDITIONS FOR IMPLEMENTATION
5. (U) Conditions for Implementation
a. (U) Politico-Military Situation. Zombies are horribly dangerous to all human life and
zombie infections have the potential to seriously undermine national security and economic
activities that sustain our way of life. Therefore having a population that is not composed of
zombies or at risk from their malign influence is vital to U.S. and Allied national interests.
While the U.S. currently enjoys several asymmetric advantages in against zombie infections
originating in the Eurasian landmass, these advantages can easily be negated by air and sea
traffic that could transport the source of a zombie infection to North and South America.
Further, asteroids and nuclear space radiation that can convert people into zombies can affect
any landmass or population on earth. Given the rapidity at which zombie outbreaks spread,
decisive, overwhelming, and possibly unilateral military force may be required to negate the
zombie threat.
(U) PLAN EXECUTION
b. (U) Plan Execution. CONPLAN 8888 is designed to be implemented across all 6 phases of
military operations. When directed by POTUS or SECDEF, CDRUSSTRATCOM will issue
mission type orders (ALERTORD, WARNORD, DEPORD, OPORD, EXORD, TERMORD) to
execute specific actions form this plan. This plan is only designed to be implemented if zombie
threats arise which cannot be handled within the scope of the USSTRATCOM Campaign Plan

(OPLAN 8000) and the current Fiscal Year OPORDS (FY XX OPORD, SPACE OPORD,
DSCA OPORD etc) that direct the execution of actions from OPLAN 8000.
(U) ZOMBIE THREAT SUMMARY
6. (U) Zombie threat summary:
a. (U) CONPLAN 8888 is designed to address the following types of zombie threats:
i. (U) Pathogenic Zombies (PZ):
1. (U) PZ's are zombie life forms created after an organism is infected by a virus or bacteria or
some other form of contagion
ii. (U) Radiation Zombies (RZ):
1. (U) RZ's are zombie life forms created after an organism is infected by a extreme dosage of
electromagnetic and/or particle radiation
iii. (U) Evil Magic Zombies (EMZ):
1. (U) EMZ's are zombie life forms created via some form of occult experimentation in what
might otherwise be referred to as "evil magic"
iv. (U) Space Zombies (SZ):
1. (U) SZ's are zombie life forms originating from space or created by toxic contamination of
the earth environment via some form of extra-terrestrial toxin or radiation
2. (U) "Zombie satellites" can be classified as SZ's, however they pose no danger to humans
(unless they conduct an unplanned de-orbit). Typically, zombie satellites only pose a threat
the SATCOM services like DirectTV (Refer to Galaxy 15 incident-May 2010)
v. (U)Weaponized Zombies (WZ):
1. (U) WZ's are zombie life forms deliberately created via bio/bio-mechanical engineering for
the purpose of being employed as weapons. Zombie weaponization programs and supporting
infrastructures are included in COAs to deal with these threats.
2. (U) The movie "The Crazies" exemplifies the most common type of WZ (humans turned
into zombies via exposure to toxic chemicals/gasses)
vi. (U) Symbiant-Induced Zombies (SIZ):

1. (U) SIZ's are zombie life forms originating from the introduction of a symbiant life form into
an otherwise healthy host. Although the symptoms of symbiant zombieism is similar in most
regards to pathogenic zombeism, the symbiant does not kill the host organism quickly, or at all.
However, there is no known way to save an organism after zombiesm has occurred-even if the
symbiant is removed.
vii. (U) Vegetarian Zombies (VZ):
1. (U) VZ's are zombie life forms originating from any cause but pose no direct threat to
humans because they only eat plant life (as indicated in the popular game "Plants Vs.
Zombies"). Although VZ's do not attack humans or other animal life, they will consume all
plant life in front of them. They can cause massive de-forestation or elimination of basic food
crops essential to humans (rice, corn, soybeans).
2. (U) Of note, where normal carniverouse zombie commonly groan the word "brains" semicomprehensibly,
VZ's can be identified by their aversion to humans, affinity for plants and their
tendency to semi-comprehensibly groan the word "grains".
viii. (U) Chicken Zombies (CZ)
1. (U) Although it sounds ridiculous, this is actually the only proven class of zombie that
actually exists.
2. (U) CZ's were first documented in Jonathan M. Forrester's 4 Dec 2006 online article
"Zombie Chickens Taking Over California".
3. (U) CZ's occur when old hens that can no longer lay eggs are incorrectly euthanized by
poultry farmers using carbon monoxide. The hens are then deposited in large piles to
decompose. The hens appear to be dead when buried, but inexplicably come back to life and dig
themselves out from the piles of dead chickens. After reaching the surface, CZ's stagger about
for a period of time before ultimately expiring due to internal organ failure.
4. (U) CZ's are simply terrifying to behold and are likely only to make people become
vegetarians in protest to animal cruelty. They appear to be no direct threat to humans. They are
different from WZ's because they are the result of actions taken to kill a living organism vice
actions taken to deliberately re-animate dead organisms or impair life functions to a minimal
function.
(U) ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS

b. (U) Environmental Effects. Causes of zombie infection are generally resistant to most
environmental effects.
i. (U) The following environmental factors apply to zombies in this plan:
1. (U) The viral pathogens that cause PZ's have some vulnerability to ultraviolet light. UV light
impars the functions of rybo-nucleic acids (RNA) that comprise most viral life forms. At best,
UV light can disrupt virus reproduction in healthy cells. It should be noted that PZ's may
experience painful photo-sensitivity as a result of sunlight exposure. For this reason, PZ activity
is not expected to be as high during bright sunny conditions as it is during the hours of darkness.
2. (U) EMZ, SZ, VZ, WZ's are all likely immune to any extreme meteorlogical
phenomena except fires, floods, tornados or tsunamis.
ii. (U) The following environmental factors apply to humans in this plan:
1. (U) Rain will be vitally important to human survival. If civil water supplies are cuty off,
humans will have to rely on other means to obtain water. Ground water from streams and rivers
will be unreliable since it will be difficult to determine if ground water is a vector for zombie
infection.
2. (U) Humans who do not shelter-in-place within a sturdy structure that protects them from
the direct effects of air currents that could carry pathogens or toxins or direct exposure to
radiation will be at increased risk of contamination, death and injury.
c. (U) Although these threat scenarios aren't meant to be all-inclusive (USSTRATCOM must be
postured and flexible enough to respond to any emerging threat due to different zombie disaster
scenarios.) Annex C Appendix 1- Defensive Operations and Annex C-Appendix 2 — Offensive
Operations provide a solid foundations for full spectrum operations against most postulated
zombie threats.
(U) LEGAL CONSIDERATIONS
d. (U) Legal Considerations. U.S. and international law regulate military operations only insofar
as human and animal life are concerned. There are almost no restrictions on hostile actions that
may be taken either defensively or offensively against pathogenic life forms, organic-robotic
entities, or "traditional" zombies. Given the likelihood of an all out threat to "human survival", it
is likely that this plan will be executed concurrently with a declaration of martial law within
CONUS and US territories. Additional legal considerations taken into account

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when preparing this plan include: applicable U.S. statutes, the United Nations Charter,
international treaties and agreements to which the U.S. is a party, the Law of Armed Conflict
(LOAC), customary international law, and applicable Rules of Engagement (ROE) and policies.
e. (U) Operations To Be Conducted: (See 8088 Annex C)
f. (U) Deployment. USSTRATCOM forces specified in the "forces" table of the current fiscal
year OPORD are deployed around the globe. This CONPLAN has no pre-identified primary
adversaries; therefore, it does not direct forward deployment of forces into any particular region.
When USSTRATCOM is the "supported" CCDR, USSTRATCOM will develop during crisis, a
Time-Phased Force and Deployment Data (TPFDD) in collaboration with USTRANSCOM, for
those situations when offensive or defensive operations require movement of forces or assets.
However, when USSTRATCOM deploys forces as a "supporting" commander, those forces will
normally be tied to the "supported" theater commander's TPFDD.
g. (U) Employment. CONPLAN 8888 is situationally dependent-it is designed to allow
CDRUSSTRATCOM execute military operations in support of national OR theater objectives in
either a supporting OR supported role. Operational phases within this plan may be sequential,
non-sequential, or modified depending on the global situation. However, given the global threat
to humanity posed by zombies, once CDRUSSTRATCOM issues orders to transition to a
specific phase of operations, that phase will apply to the entire globe.
(U) CONPLAN PHASES
h. (U) CONPLAN Phases.
CONPLAN 8888 Operational Phasing
Plan Branche Phase 0 -
Shape
Phase 2 -
Seize
Initiative
Phase 4
Stabilize
Phase 5-
Restore
Civil
Authority
- Conduct
general
zombie
awareness
- Ensure
readiness
of CBRNE
protective
- Zombies
cannot be
deterred
themselves
- Conduct
large scale
training to
demonstrate
USSTRATCO
M ability to
Recall all
USSTRATC
OM
personnel to
duty stations
Begin
fortification
of all
USSTRATC
OM
- Lock down
all _
USSTRATC
OM
operating
locations for
30 days
- Assume
Mission
Oriented
- Deploy
recon teams
after D+30 to
ascertain
general
safety of
environment
near
USSTRATC
OM
locations for
Deploy
,USSTRATC
OM
personnel to
to aid any
surviving
civil
authoritie s
in disaster
zones
Phase I -
Deter
Phase 3 -
Dominate
(DUef)ensitvr a i n i n g
e Ups

equipment
- Monitor
vectors of
zombie
contaminat
ion for
increased
threat
survive and
operate in a
toxic/contamin
ated
environment
lOT deter
nations states
from pursuing
development
or deployment
of zombie
operating
locations -
Initiate
distribution
of CBRNE
protection
equipment -
Activate
COOP Plans
- Place
deployable
command
and control
capabilities
on alert
- If necessary
begin limited
scale military
operations to
negate
zombie
threat
Protective
Posture
(MOPP) 2
inside all
workstations
and direct
MOPP-4 for
all personnel
who venture
outside
fortified
positions.
- Issue orders
for defensive
forces to kill
all nonhuman
life
on sight
- Initiate
bomber and
missile
strikes
against
targeted
sources of
zombie
infection,
zombie
support
infrastructure
using all
available
forces
Reconstitute
combat
capabilities
at Offutt,
Whiteman,
Vandenberg
AFBs and Ft
Meade.
Prepare to
redeploy the
forces to
attack
surviving
zombie
holdouts
human
habitation.
- Execute a
counterzombie
ISR
plan to ID
holdout
pockets of
zombie
resistance
- Target all
main body
and holdout
vectors of
zombie
influence
contagion
using all
available
military
capabilities.
- Continue
all actions
from
previous
phase
- creating
pathogens,
toxins or
similar
capabilities
developed by
nations states,
large
corporations to
terrorist/crimin
al groups
- Conduct
large scale
training to
demonstrate
USSTRATCO
M ability to
decisively
target and
negate zombiecreating
pathogens,
toxins or
similar
capabilities
developed by
nations states,
large
corporations to
terrorist/crimin
al groups
- Conduct
normal
combat
operations
training
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Offensiv
e Ops
- Ensure I
forces
conduct
annual
HAZMAT
and COOP
training

Form JIACG to
ensure
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Defense y plans are
Support synchroniz to
Civil ed with
Authoirit other
ies federal,
state and tribal
agencies
- As authorized
by POTUS and
SECDEF,
initiate
intelligence
sharing and
provide
technical
advisory
services to
federal, state
and tribal
agencies
-Provide ISR
assistance to
DHS to ID and
curtail
migration of
lifeforms
and/or toxic
materials from
areas where
zombie-related
disease vectors
originate
- On order
from POTUS
or SECDEF,
provide
security to
civilian
areas,
evacuation
zones and
assist other
federal, state,
and tribal
agencies
with the
surveillance
of and
enforcement
of quarantine
areas
- Ensure all
zombie
corpses are
immolated
- BPT to
participate in
"render-safe"
operations
within
CONUS, US
territory, or
other foreign
terriroties as
directed by
POTUS and
SECDEF
- Provide
support to
follow-on
"render-safe"
operations in
areas
contaminated
by zombieinducing
pathogens,
toxins, magic
or other
malign
influence as
directed by
POTUS and
SECDEF
- As directed
by POTUS
and
SECDEF,
provide
support to
federal, state,
and tribal
agencies'
efforts to
restore basic
services in
zombierelated
disaster areas
i. (U) Phase 0 - Shape the Environment (Day-to-Day Operations). USSTRATCOM will
perform routine operations to include epidimioogical surveillance to watch for changes in
disease vectors that could cause zombieism. USSTRATCOM Center for Combatting-Weapons
of Mass Destruction (SCC-WMD) will serve as the lead component within the command for
ensure all Phase 0 shaping operations are conducted and synchronized with other federal, state
and tribal agencies. SCC-WMD will ensure that necessary epidemiological ISR requirements are
issued and answered by the Intelligence Community. SCC-WMD will work with USAMRID to
ensure the risks to USSTRATCOM forces are monitored and that necessary HAZMAT and
CBRNE training is accomplished across the USSTRATCOM enterprise.
j. (U) Phase 1—Deter (Day-to-Day Operations). Upon receipt of a CDRUSSTRATCOM
WARNORD, JFCC GS will become the supported commander for Phase I operations in this
plan. It is important to note that zombies are not cognizant life-forms. As such, they cannot be

deterred or reasoned with in any way. However, there are zombie-inducing forces that can be
deterred form further action. These forces include but are not limited to nation states and terrorist
groups with WMD programs, un-ethical bio-research companies. To meet deterrence goals,
USSTRATCOM will conduct large scale training to demonstrate USSTRATCOM ability to
survive and operate in a toxic/contaminated environment IOT deter nations states from pursuing
development or deployment of zombie-creating pathogens, toxins or similar capabilities
developed by nations states, large corporations to terrorist/criminal groups
k. (U) Phase 2 - Seize the Initiative (Evaluate/Mitigate/Prepare). Upon receipt of a
CDRUSSTRATCOM WARNORD or ALERTORD, all components will initiate a force-wide
recall of all assigned personnel and activate COOP Plans. All airborne and ground-based
survivable C2 nodes will make ready to deploy for at least 35 days. To avoid ambiguity with
nuclear armed peers such as Russia and the PRC, USSTRATCOM will conduct confidencebuilding
measures to ensure leaders within these nations do not construe USSTRATCOM
preparations to counter zombie-dominance as preparations for war. If necessary, JFCC GS will
generate forces to conduct prompt global strike against initial concentrations of zombies. Other
USSTRATCOM forces will provide security assisitance to federal, state and tribal authorities to
negate zombie threats, provide ISR and security for protected civilian areas and will aid in the
enforcement of quarantine zones.
1. (U) Phase 3 - Dominate (Respond/Counter). Upon receipt of a CDRUSSTRATCOM order
(ALERTORD, WARNORD, OPORD, EXORD), all USSTRATCOM forces will begin
preparations to conduct combat operations against zombie threats. USSTRATCOM strategic
task forces (Task Forces (TF) 124, 134, 144, 204, 214, 294, and/or other TF's formed to support
strategic ops) will make combat preparations LAW applicable EAP-STRAT volumes.
USSTRATCOM forces will activate COOP plans, emergency disaster support plans and will
shelter all mission essential personnel in place for at least 40 days.
m. (U) Phase 415 — (Stabilize Environment). No earlier than 40 days after the initiation of
Phase 3 operations, USSTRATCOM forces will initate local reconnaissance ops to determine the
severity of the remaining zombie threat, assess the physical and epidemiological security of the
local environment, and survey the status of basic services (water, power, sewage infrastructure
and water, air, land lines of communications). All reports back to HQ USSTRATCOM will be
broadcast in clear text using unsecured comms so that if any isolated survivors intercept those
comms, link-up between these survivors and USSTRATCOM forces will be facilitated.
USSTRATCOM forces will remain "combat ready" to re-engage any remaining pockets of
zombie forces or contamination vectors.
n. (U) Enable Civil Authority (Normalization). USSTRATCOM, its components, other
applicable CCDRs, and industry partners will collaboratively replace, recover, rebuild, and
reconstitute, U.S./civil/commercial/Allied civil infrastructure and services, as needed.
USSTRATCOM will continue to provide support to theater warfighters and USG agencies, as

required. Lessons Learned and After Action Reports IAW (See Enclosure D to CJCSI 3150.25B)
will be produced and fed back into this CONPLAN for process improvement and inclusion in
future exercises.
(U) SUPPORTING PLANS
7. (U) Supporting Plans. Due to the fact that an outbreak of zombieism will likely spread
rapidly across CCMD AOR boundaries, CDRUSSTRATCOM has been tasked by SECDEF to
develop a Level 3 plan that can serve as the model for all other CCMD counter-zombie
dominance planning. CONPLAN 8888 planning guidance from the SECDEF assumes a worst
case scenario in which all normal C2 capabilities are impaired or overrun by zombie forces. As
such, this plan relies heavily on hardened C2 capabilities normally reserved for nuclear or full
scale global conventional warfare. Supporting Combatant Commands, and functional
components will update their contingency plans related to counter-zombie operations using this
plan.
(U) COLLATERAL PLANS
8. (U) Collateral Plans. The following USSTRATCOM plans may be implemented
collaterally with CONPLAN 8888
a. CDRUSSTRATCOM
i. CONPLAN 8035 "Space Operations"
ii. CONPLAN 8531 "Pandemic Influenza"
iii. CONPLAN 8099 "Combatting Weapons of Mass Destruction"
iv. OPLAN 8010 "Deterrence and Global Strike"
v. OPLAN 8001 "Omnibus Support Plan"
b. (U) Geographic Combatant Command OPLANs or
CONPLANs. i. Refer to OPLAN 8001 "Omnibus Support Plan"
(U) ASSUMPTIONS
9. (U) Assumptions.
a. (U) U.S. and Allies will have the situational awareness necessary to conduct all
counter-zombie dominance operations in this plan.

b. (U) Zombie forces will become stronger with each human casualty (because each human
casualty will become a zombie)
c. (U) U.S. and Allied forces may be degraded as a conflict emerges and progresses.
d. (U) LOAC will not apply to zombies.
e. (U) Domestic law enforcement agencies will address any CONUS-based attacks
involving zombies until martial law is declared
f. (U) There is no known medical cure for a zombie pathogen. At this time it can be assumed
that once a human turns, they cannot be cured or reverted to human status. Seek out the nearest
CDC for any hopes of medical breakthroughs during a time of a pandemic.
g. (U) The only assumed way to effectively cause causualties to the zombie ranks by tactical
force is the concentration of all firepower to the head, specifically the brain. The human brain
will still be functioning in the zombie state, but it is universally agreed that the only part
actually active will be the brain stem.
h. (U) The only way to ensure a zombie is "dead" is to burn the zombie corpse. EMZ's are the
only class of zombie that may not be vulnerable to this measure.
i. (U) The Chaplain Corps may provide the only viable means of combating EMZs. As
such, aethieists could be particularly vulnerable to EMZ threats.
j. (U) 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.
k. (U) Even if infected by a zombie contaminant or pathogen, human biology requires a regular
intake of water and food. Absent proper hydration to offset the affects of progressing zombeism,
zombie-infected humans will experience organ failure that will immobilize or kill the host
within 30-40 days.
1. (U) Marketing materials for most hand sanitizer products indicate the product kills 99% of all
germs. Although none of these products has ever indicated any efficacy against biohazard level
4 pathogens like ebola, it is entirely possible that such products could limit or delay the spread
of pathogen based zombieism if properly employed.

m. (U) Zombies are undead and thus feel no pain or fear of death. Riot control counter-measures
would be completely ineffective.
n. (U) The human instinct for self preservation can cause newly infected zombie hosts to deny
their imminent zombification to nearby humans.
(U) OPERATIONAL LIMITATIONS
1. (U) Operational Limitations consist of actions or conditions that USSTRATCOM and its
supporting forces must take or ensure happen (constraints) and thos actions of conditions that
USSTRATCOM and its supporting forces must not take allow to happen (restraint). Other
limitations contained in this section pertain to resource or procedural shortfalls that planners
must consider which could undermine USSTRATCOM's ability to achieve the missions outlined
in this plan.
(U) CONSTRAINTS
(U) USSTATCOM forces musti.
(U) Remain postured to deter adversaries from attacking the U.S. or its allies with WMD
ii. (U) Continue to conduct assigned missions throughout all phases of a zombie apocalypse
iii. (U) Remain postured to conduct military operations to repel zombies and eradicate their safe
havens
iv. (U) Be prepared to conduct combat operations within CONUS against zombie populations
that were previously US citizens
v. (U) Maintain viable, up to date continuity of operations plans
vi. (U) Maintain emergency plans to employ nuclear weapons within CONUS to eradicate
zombie hordes
(U) RESTRAINTS
m. (U) Operational Restraints.
(U) USSTRATCOM forces must noti.
(U) Allow nuclear weapon storage areas to be compromised by zombie forces
ii. (U) Allow airfields or POL facilities critical to combat aircraft capabilities to be overrun by
zombie forces

iii. (U) Allow maritime facilities that support SSBN operations to be compromised by zombie
forces
(U) SHORTFALLS AND LIMITING FACTORS
n. (U) Shortfalls and Limiting Factors.
i. (U) Adequate Zombie defenses require sandbags, sand, barbed wire, anti-personnel mines, riot
control chemical agents, MOPP-gear and petroleum (to create flame barriers). These supplies may
not be present in sufficient volume to allow desired levels of defense against zombie incursion and
could severely tax available logistical support infrastructure
ii. (U) USSTRATCOM forces do not currently hold enough contingency stores (food, water) to
support 30 days of barricaded counter-zombie operations
iii. (U) USSTRATCOM has no ground combat forces capable of repelling a zombie assault.
iv. (U) USSTRATCOM can only deliver synchronized fires against a zombie threat via strategic
air, space and maritime forces
v. (U) Offutt AFB provides the only semi-hardened location capable of sheltering personnel
responsible for commanding and controlling a coordinated combat action against zombie forces.
JFCC SPACE and USCYBERCOM operations centers are located within protected military
facilities-however zombie forces will likely overrun those installations within the first days of a
zombie invasion.
vi. (U) USSTRATCOM Component level continuity of operations plans (COOP) do not currently
address zombie threats. Further, since component COOP(s) utilize facilities provided by other
USSTRATCOM components or non-hardened temporary facilities, zombie threats will likely
render COOP(s) ineffective. COOP(s) should be revised to include in-extremis carpentry, welding
and lumber stockpiling and training in metal work in order to facilitate shelter-in-place ops and
barricading of unhardened facilties against zombies
vii. (U) Airborne Command Centers are unlikely to be viable after the first week of a zombie
invasion. Although refueling in air will extend mission capabilities, the support bases that refuelers
operate from will likely be overrun by zombies. It is possible that islands like Hawaii, Guam and
Diego Garcia might remain viable relocation bases if airborne C2 assets can make it to these
locations.
o. (U) Time to Commence Effective Operations. Because of the unique situation surrounding zombie
threats and the level of USG interests at stake, it is unlikely there will be a time-phased, incremental
buildup of forces. It is more likely that during COA development, USSTRATCOM will coordinate
joint and combined military efforts, options, levels of forces and objectives with other affected
CCMDs, based on worldwide situational awareness and guidance from OSD, Joint Staff and other
Combatant Commands.

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(U) COMMAND RELATIONSHIPS
10. (U) Command Relationships. (See 8888 Annex J and current operational orders)
a. (U) Command Relationships. USSTRATCOM forces may be fixed or deployed, and may
support theater and/or national objectives simultaneously. USSTRATCOM exercises COCOM
over assigned forces and utilizes support relationships to support other commands.
USSTRATCOM will tailor command relations to best match the situation, taking into account
the global perspective and other ongoing space missions. Therefore, there is no "one size fits all"
for counter-zombie operations command relationships.
b. (U) CDRUSSTRATCOM has COCOM of all forces as assigned in the Forces for
Unified Commands section of the SECDEF's Global Force management Implementation
Guidance. Commanders of USSTRATCOM Sub-Unified Commands and Components
normally retain OPCON of fixed and deployed forces. These command relationships will
be utilized during counter-zombie operations unless otherwise directed by SECDEF.
(U) LOGISTICS APPRAISAL
11. (U) Logistic Appraisal. Forces utilized in this CONPLAN include deployable or fixed assets
operating in CONUS or from sites located throughout the world and are controlled as separate
forces. During a contingency, USSTRATCOM service components will ensure all missioncritical
forces (fixed and mobile), are fully supported and capable of performing their mission.
Forces fixed in another CCMD AOR are authorized DIRLAUTH with the CCMDs responsible
for their AORs for the purpose of coordinating their support requirements. These forces will
keep USSTRATCOM and their owning component informed. CCMDs will work with
USSTRATCOM J4 and J8 for reimbursement for support requested by USSTRATCOM forces
(See Annex D).
(U) CLASSIFICATION GUIDANCE
Classification Guidance
USSTRATCOM CONPLAN 8888-11 (U)
OPR: USSTRATCOM J53
CLASSIFICATION GUIDANCE (I.1)
1. (U) This classification guidance provides users with general categories of subjects and levels of
protection. The level of protection listed represents the highest probable level of protection
required by these subjects during specific plan phases. If a document derived from this plan
contains particular portions that are unclassified when standing alone, but classified information
will be revealed when they are combined or associated, those portions shall be marked as
unclassified and the page shall be marked with the highest classification of any information on or

revealed by the page. An explanation will be added to the page or document identifying the
combination or association of information that necessitated the higher classification.
Planning Subjects Requiring Protection
Data Requiring COA Execution Implementation Post
Protection Development Planning Implementation
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2. (U) Changes to this guidance will be coordinated through USSTRATCOM J53.
3. (U) Agencies identified in Annex Z may reproduce this plan consistent with a need-toknow.
Listed organizations may reproduce and distribute this plan to assigned forces as
required to fulfill mission requirements, and as required for preparation of supporting plans.
4. (U) Non-DoD agencies with a need to know will be allowed to make copies of this plan
or hand scribe significant portions of the plan if necessary.
5. (U) Release to U.S., Austrialian, Canadian and United Kingdom personnel with a valid
needto-know" is authorized. Contact USSTRATCOM/J53 to obtain permission to release or
disclose this plan to other foreign personnel.
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HEADQUARTERS, U.S. S'I RATEGIC COMMAND

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BASIC PLAN
CDRUSSTRATCOMCONPLAN 8888-11 (U)
COUNTER-ZOMBIE DOMINANCE OPERATIONS, BASIC PLAN
(U) 1. (U) References:
a. (U) "National Security Strategy of The United States,"Mar 06 (U)
b. (U) "Unified Command Plan 2011," 6 April 2011 (FOUO)
c. (U) Guidance for Employment of the Force (S)
d. (U) Joint Strategic Capabilities Plan (S)
e. (U) USSTRATCOMCurrent Oprational Orders and Directives (REL ACGU Versions)
f. (U) The Zombie Survival Guide; Complete Protection from the Living Dead, by Max
Brooks (Three Rivers Press), 16 Sep 2003
g. (U) The Zombie Survival Guide; Recorded Attacks, by Max Brooks (Three Rivers
Press), 6 Oct 2009
h. (U)WorldWar Z; An Oral History of the ZombieWar, by Max Brooks (Three Rivers
Press), 16 Oct 2007
i. (U) The Zombie Combat Manual; A Guide to Fighting the Living Dead (Berkley Trade)
6 April 2010
j. (U) "Zombie Chickens Taking Over California", JonathanM. Forrester, 4 Dec 06
(http://www.slashfood.com/2006/I 2/04/Zombie-Chickens-Taking- Over-California/
k. (U) Zombies Vs. Unicorns, by Justine Larbastier & Holly Black (Margaret K.
McElderry Books, NYC) 2010
(U) SITUATION
a. (U) General. (U) Although there are no specific Contingency Planning Guidance (CPG) within
the Chairman's Guidance for Employment of the Force (GEF) directing the creation of a counter

zombie-dominance plan, there is ample specified guidance for the creation of Level-3 plans to
provide Defense Support to Civil Authorities (DSCA), Homeland Defense (HD), Counter-
Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD), and Pandemic Influenza (PI).
b. (U) In light of the inherent survivial threat posed by zombies and absent specified guidance
for detailed planning to address such a contingency, USSTRATCOM has taken the intiative to
develop a .TOPES Level 3 plan (CONPLAN) consistent with guidance derived from other
specified planning efforts to ensure U.S. and Allied freedom of action from zombie domination.
As a result, many specified tasks documented in this plan are taken from high-level strategic
guidance documents. Other tasks in the plans derived from these higher level tasks or essential
for their accomplishment are listed as "implied tasks". In all cases, CDRUSSTRATCOM has
determined which tasks are "essential" tasks based on mission analysis (unless higher level
guidance already specifies that a task is essential).
c. (U) Science provides almost no useful data about zombies. Although this presents a number of
challenges when military planners design operations to counter zombies, this plan utilizes data
provided by science fiction sources in addition to what little academic/scientific information is
currently available. The use of science fiction sources does provide a compelling advantage for
military planners however. In almost all cases, science fiction scenarios significantly enhance
analyses of courses of actions, facilitate COA wargaming and adjustment, and provide insight for
planners with regards to the development of facts, assumptions, risks and aversion of
"groupthink" or "cognitive bias". In short, the more robust a science fiction scenario related to
zombies is, the more useful it is for planning puposes-regardless of how "outlandish" it might be.
(U) EXECUTION
3. (U) Execution of this plan requires a USSTRATCOM EXORD. Activation or preparation to
carry out operations detailed within this plan (including but not limited to changing phases,
changing Zombie-Cons, or terminating operations) will require an USSTRATCOM
ALERTORD at a minimum.
(U) MISSION STATEMENT
a. (U)Mission Statement:
i. (U)On order, CDRUSSTRATCOM will execute global military operations to protect
humankind from zombies and, if directed, eradicate zombie threats to human safety and aid civil
authorities in maintaining law and order and restoring basic services during and after a zombie
attack.
(U) COMMANDER'S INTENT
b. (U) Commander's Intent:
i. (U) Purpose: CDRUSSTRATCOM will conduct military operations unilaterally or in
conjunction with Allies to preserve the collective security of humankind

ii. (U) Method: CDRUSSTRATCOM will utilize assigned and attached military forces to
maintain timely and accurate warning of zombie threats, target zombie safe havens, eliminate
sources of zombeism, and provide aid to civil authorities in their efforts to protect civilians from
zombie threats.
iii. (U) End State: Sources of zombieism are eradicated, zombie forces are precluded from
massing and threatening human population centers and potential adversaries are deterred from
developing zombie weaponization programs
(U) AREAS OF CONCERN
i. (U) Area of Responsibility (AOR). CDRUSS I RATCOM, as a Combatant Commander, is
not assigned an AOR for normal operations and will not exercise those functions of command
associated with a geographic AOR. Although CDRUSSTRATCOM has no geographic AOR and
has no specified combat roles against zombies, he is the only CCDR in control of nuclear
weapons, which are likely to be the most effective weapons against hordes of the undead.
CDRUSSTRATCOM serves as the single point of contact for all global deterence, global strike,
military space, and cyber operations as directed by the President of the United States (POTUS)
or Secretary of Defense (SECDEF), for the protection of U.S. government (USG), and those
civilian, commercial and Allied capabilities augmenting the USG.
ii. (U) Area of Interest (AOI). Any terrestrial, atmospheric or exo-atmospheric location where
a source of zombeism or massed zombie forces are currently positioned
iii. (U) Joint Operational Area (JOA). Although USSTRATCOM has global responsabilities and
no geographic AOR, orders utilized to activate any portion of this plan will designate JOAs to
aid in the prioritization and synchronization of efforts. For the purposes of this plan, JOAs will
not cross Geographic CCMD AOR boundaries as defined in the UCP. If threats exist in areas
adjacent to CCMD AOR boundaries, then two or more JOAs will be designated and the
geographic CCMD supporting USSTRATCOM whose AOR contains a JOA for counter-zombie
ops will be responsible for that operational area IAWUSSTRATCOM or SECDEF orders.
FLEXIBLE DETERRENT OPTIONS
d. (U) Flexible Deterrent Options (FDOs). Applicable only for nation states or evil magicians
who are capable of creating Weaponized Zombies (WZ) or Evil Magic Zombies (EMZ). Refer to
Annex C for additional details and Counter-Zombie Dominance Flexible Deterrent Option
i. (U) Zombies cannot be deterred
ENEMY FORCES
e. (U) Enemy Forces. (See also Annex B)
i. (U) There are eight classes of Zombies addressed within this plan. Chicken Zombies pose no
threat to humans and actions to counter CZ's are the responsabilities of the US Depts of Justice,

Homeland Security, Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration. The Zombie threat
classes are: Pathogenic Zombies (PZ); Radiation Zombies (RZ); Evil Magic Zombies (EMZ);
Space Zombies (SZ); Weaponized Zombies (WZ); Symbiant-Induced Zombies (SIZ);
Vegetarian Zombies (VZ)
ii. (U) Of the eight classes of zombies, four are caused by "natural" phenomena that can be
reliably monitored and predicted. Zombies caused by natural phenomena are: PZ, RZ, SZ,
and SIZ
1. (U) RZ can also be caused by man-made phenomena
iii. (U) Of the eight classes of zombies, two are caused by "man-made" of
"engineered" phenomena that can be reliably monitored and predicted. Zombies caused
by man-made phenomena are: RZ and WZ
1. (U) RZ can also be caused by natural phenomena
iv. (U) Of the eight classes of zombies, one type is caused by "occult" phenomena that cannot
be reliably monitored, predicted, or proven to exist. Zombies caused by occult! phenomena are :
EMZ
1. (U) Based on most science fiction sources, EMZ, despite being the hardest threats to eliminate
directly (by attacking the zombie life form), can usually be eliminated if the source of evil magic
is destroyed. There is evidence to suggest the Chaplain Corps may prove integral to countering
these threats.
v. (U) Of the eight classes of zombies, one type is created by undetermined phenomena.
Zombies caused by natural phenomena are: VZ
1. (U) This class of zombie has been documented in the popular video game "Plants Vs
Zombies" and the movie "Signs" starring the actor Mel Gibson. No current examples of this
zombie class have ever been captured or examined by scientists.
w. (U) Planning. For planning purposes the worst case threat scenario for this CONPLAN is the
emergence of a zombie phenomena high transmissibility, high attack rates, high virulence, little
or no immunity, and limited effective countermeasures (only suseptible to destruction of the
brain stem). This event would produce a situation in which DOD would experience significant
negative impacts on readiness (e.g., personnel availability, training, unit manning, equipping and
deploying the force) while being simultaneously directed to provide substantial support to civil
authorities and deter and or respond to opportunistic adversarial aggression.
i. (U) The primary characteristics of a highly threatening zombie phenomena are the pathogen's
ability to invade a host without being observed (bite or other visible wounds *not* being
required), the ability to successfully reproduce within a host (human, animal or plant), its ability

to exploit abundant natural hosts or vectors (not just limited to humans but able to spread among
a host of animals or even plants), a potential to mutate quickly (mitigating our ability to develop
a vaccine or "cure"), and high transmissibility resulting in large numbers of people becoming
sick or absent simultaneously (or entire herds, flocks or crops being infected or contaminated).
ii. (U) A second order effect of a zombie phenomena of operational significance is the potential
for political, social, and/or economic instability and/or degradation of allied military readiness.
While adversarial forces (or resources) may also be infected, their readiness, operational
capability or domestic stability may not be impacted in the same manner, to the same degree, or
at the same time as US and allied forces. The degree to which countries and regions can mitigate
morbidity, mortality and associated effects during the zombie phenomena event and reintegrate
recovering (if possible) individuals and agricultural systems into society will have a considerable
impact on military force capabilities. Countries with more advanced, prepared and robust health
care and agricultural systems (to include a responsive quarantine capability) will be better able to
mitigate many of the zombie phenomena effects.
iii. (U) Key security concerns that would arise from a zombie phenomena event of operational
significance include opportunistic aggression, opportunities for violent extremists to acquire
Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) during reduced securtiy capabilities, reduced partner
capacity during and after a zombie phenomena, instability resulting from a humanitarian
disaster, and decreased production and distribution of essential commodities. The prevalence of
a zombie phenomena coupled with political, social and economic instability may result in
reduced security capabilities, providing an opportunity for international military conflict,
increased terrorist activity, internal unrest, political and or economic collapse, humanitarian
crises, and dramatic civil unrest.
iv. (U) Enemy Center of Gravity (COG). Once a zombie phenomena is capable of efficient,
effective, and sustained transmission, its COG will be the geographic speed at which it can
spread, attack rate within the host population, and the virulence of the zombie phenomena. A
zombie phenomena will produce cascading effects due to the large number of simultaneous
absences over extended periods of time or loss of significant critical infrastructure/key resources
(e.g., agricultural resources) on a national, regional or international scale.
(a) (U) Critical Capabilities. The ability to efficiently and effectively reproduce within a host,
mutate quickly, and transmit from host to host are key requisites for the realization of a worst
case zombie phenomena scenario. The degree of transmissibility depends on a number of key
factors such as pathogen mutation, transmissibility of a new strain among hosts or vectors,
proximity and behavior of hosts or vectors (e.g., travel between population centers or processing
facilities), survivability outside a host (e.g., ability to spread via fomites), and
availability/effectiveness of countermeasures.
(b) (U) Critical Requirements. A critical requirement of the zombie phenomena is the ability to
mutate and propagate among and between hosts. Efficient transmission can occur in a number of
ways including respiratory/airborne spread, direct contact, food and water contamination,
biological vectors (e.g., mosquitos, sandflies, ticks), and via fomites (e.g., doorknobs, desktops,
vehicles, machinery) where the disease can potentially survive for hours or days. Additionally,