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USMC and Navy Training for the Zombie Apocolypse - For Realz


Over at the Christian Science Monitor, Anna Mulrine writes
about a counter-terror exercise centered around a Zombie Apocolypse:

That’s the latest training exercise that US Marines and Navy special-operations forces will be taking part in on an island off the coast of San Diego – starting on Wednesday, aka Halloween.

“This is a very real exercise. This is not some type of big costume party,” Brad Barker, president of the Halo Corp. security company, told the Associated Press.

So why train for a "fictional" event?

...This scenario is dire, modeled in part on a public-service campaign that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched last year, warning that US citizens should be prepared in the event of a zombie invasion.


Zombies will invade Paradise Point Resort, which covers 44 acres on an island that will be transformed with Hollywood-style sets, including a Middle Eastern village and a pirate cove. Some 1,000 US military personnel, police, and state and federal government officials will be charged with responding.

So I was going to call Brad Barker and ask him some questions about the exercise...

...The training scenario has not come without its share of unwelcome attention, he noted, adding that “every whack job in the world” has called about the exercise...

There's a lot more at the CSM.