Idiotic or Awesome? Military Prepares For Zombie Apocalypse

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Zombies wouldn’t stand a chance against the U.S. military’s tanks, bombers, drones and an army of strapped soliders. Right?! Maybe, maybe not, but the military is investing some time and resources to prepare for that event. According to Christian Science Monitor, about 1,000 members of the U.S. military (including Marines and Navy special-ops forces), police and state and federal government officials are participating in a Counter-Terrorism Summit security conference on a 44-acre island near San Diego, California. Organizers will transform the island into a zombie war zone, with Hollywood-style sets, a pirate cove, a Middle Eastern Village and a s***load of zombies. The undead will then have to respond.


This feels like a publicity stunt. Why waste time and money on a fictional threat when there’s real, actual terrorists plotting to blow up U.S. embassies, planes and landmarks? If the Brad Pitt-led World War Z ever completes production, we’ll know quite a bit about a military conflict with the dead.


There’s evidence that a zombie apocalypse is not a totally imagined threat. Brad Barker, president of the security company hosting the summit, suggested that confronting zombies is tantamount to meeting a terrorist threat: “No one knows what the zombies will do in our scenario, but quite frankly, no one knows what a terrorist will do.” He continued, “If a law-enforcement officer sees a zombie and says, ‘Freeze, get your hands in the air!’ what’s a zombie going to do? He’s going to moan at you. If someone on PCP or some other psychotic drug is told that, the truth is he’s not going to react to you.” Bottom line: be prepared, for zombies or terrorists or terrorist zombies.

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Brett Smiley (@brettsmiley) is a writer living in New York.