Zombies under attack in counterterrorism training program

By NBC News staff

Zombies may have a tougher time taking over the world after a counterterrorism training program scheduled next month in San Diego.

MilitaryTimes.com on Sunday reported that California-based security firm HALO Corp. will incorporate training to fight the undead during its Oct. 29 to Nov. 2 Counter-Terrorism Summit expected to draw 1,000 military personnel, law enforcement officials, medical experts and government workers to the 44-acre Paradise Point resort island in San Diego’s Mission Bay.

The company, founded by former special operations, national security and intelligence personnel, says its annual summit this year will include a realistic tactical training environment using “Hollywood magic” in live action demonstrations, realistic tactical training scenarios and classroom education.

Marco Ugarte / AP file

People dressed as zombies react to the camera during the V edition of the so-called ‘Zombie Walk’ in Mexico City, on Nov. 26, 2011.

Immersive Hollywood sets will include a Middle Eastern village and a pirates’ haven, MilitaryTimes.com reported.

The more than 30 courses range from border and maritime security to cyber terrorism and modern warfare, HALO says in its summit promotional material.

But a future crisis could arise from an outbreak of viruses that destroy brain cells and render people violently catatonic, like zombies, MilitaryTimes.com said.

“The Zombie Apocalypse is very whimsical,” Brad Barker, HALO president, told MilitaryTimes.com,  referring to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention campaign released last year.

Zombies who roam the island will harass the troops, first-aid teams and medical responders participating, Barker told MilitaryTimes.com.

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