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Zombies under attack in counterterrorism training program

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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“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.

This is an overview of the HALO Counter Terrorism Summit and the events that are taking place on HALO Island -- San Diego, CA, 29OCT-02NOV2012.

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