foreignpolicy.com: The Pentagon Has a Plan to Stop the Zombie Apocalypse. Seriously.

Critical Thinker

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Always important to read the full article.... :)

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Mick West

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Key bit there:
 

Jason

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Key bit there:
I also think this kind of training exercise focuses mostly on an outbreak (virus, pathogen, or bacterial). This gives our troops the training on how to deal with such a situation if necessary, and I think the author is right in saying;
"Rather than risk such an outcome by teaching our augmentees using the fictional 'Tunisia' or 'Nigeria' scenarios used at [Joint Combined Warfighting School], we elected to use a completely-impossible scenario that could never be mistaken for a real plan."
If they were to use viral outbreak or some other similar language it would be construed as a real upcoming event, possibly causing panic and obviously a great deal of CT's would pursue. By lableling it a Zombie Survival Guide, it becomes laughable and implausable. Sure CT's will transpire from this, but they won't amount to anything.... Smartly done..
 

Hevach

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The Pentagon has plans for a lot of weird stuff. Every once in a while something strange gets declassified, like a plan to invade Canada or the takeover of a NATO member state by the rest of NATO, and people act like this is something they thought would happen.

The military wants its strategy people to be flexible, to be able to formulate a battle plan promptly in the event of an unknown or unexpected change of circumstance. Having them spend their entire careers re-running the same few likely/plausible scenarios with slightly changing forces and weapons doesn't make them flexible. Having them play the world like a game of Civ with only the fun victory conditions does.

And, like Jason said: The less plausible their busywork actually is, the less likely people are to misconstrue it as a real plan.
 
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