An Ideal “Left of the Boom” Counter-IED Technology

Posted on July 17th, 2009




Published in The Colombo Times and Sri Lanka News First. Other versions of this groundbreaking article were published in Frontier India World Affairs and the Network of Spiritual Progressives.

An Ideal “Left of the Boom” Counter-IED Technology

By Maj. Gen. (R) Kulwant Singh, Lt. Col. (R) Gunter Chassé and Dr. David Leffler

To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.
– Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) continue more and more to be the weapon of choice by the weaker foe in asymmetrical warfare. They represent the biggest single source of injury and destabilization in mission operations. For instance, IED usage in Afghanistan rose by 87% in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period last year and caused 60% of war casualties, according to NATO.

A Problem of Increasing Danger

Col. Gregg Julian, the top U.S. spokesman in Afghanistan, confirms that the increase was expected: “It is their primary means of conducting attacks because they can’t launch an effective direct attack.” He also anticipates this deadly trend to continue.

Efforts to detect and neutralize IEDs have increased. However, over the years, insurgents have devised ever-more-ingenious innovations to counter attempts to find, defuse and detonate IEDs. They continually refine strategies and techniques to better construct, conceal and explode sophisticated and lethal devices.

The report “Tech 2035: Future Technology, Future Power in Asia, and Future Intelligence Challenges” [Expired link:] states:

“In a world where highly lethal, potentially anonymous weapons can be obtained by almost anyone who wants them, the only effective defense is to detect a pending attack and intervene before it can be carried out. That requires constant, global vigilance as close as possible to the individual level. A single terrorist plot, overlooked, could result not in hundreds or thousands of deaths, but in tens of thousands. An adversary’s capacity for high-tech combat, if underestimated, could cost tens of thousands of battlefield casualties, and perhaps lose a war.”

Single Individuals Can Do Mass Destruction

Libertarians argue that such a strategy would interfere with the basic human right to privacy that we value in a free society. The authors concede that the strategy of global vigilance as close to the individual level as possible certainly may prevent attacks. However, it will never stop all of them. History shows that enemies will always find a weakness and exploit it. Anti-terrorism experts point out that the attacks of 9/11 were carried out with “Improvised Explosive Devices,” in this case commercial aircraft filled with volatile jet fuel. If just one clever individual stages just one successful attack with a yet unimagined IED of greater mass destruction capability, the consequences could be even more massive. No known global vigilance system is good enough to filter out this person before he or she does grave harm.

Prevention Poses Better Solution

For these reasons, military strategists now advocate concentrating on the creation of IED prevention strategies and technologies that operate farther and farther to the “left of the boom.” This means that, if IED attacks were placed on a timeline, the best approaches would intervene to the left of the boom (IED explosion) long before the explosions happened. Military strategists argue that if IEDs have been planted, anti-IEDs approaches have failed. The authors argue that even this point on the timeline is too late. Terrorism clearly reveals a very high and thorough indoctrination. For the most part, current anti-terrorism strategies do not appear to be keeping the terrorists under control. Their covert attacks will continue if we continue to use the same conventional methods. Often, terrorists are invisible, because they use remotely controlled devices to trigger explosions from afar.

To regain strategic advantage, the system of tackling terrorists has to be different from fighting against organized armed forces. Terrorists typically cannot be discovered before they cause damage. The root cause of terrorism lies in the human mind and there it must be eliminated. Therefore, the root of the problem is not the IEDs or other weapons as technical devices, but the terrorist as a deranged human being who wants to make use of the IEDs to pursue his goals. Ultimately, what is needed is a technology that prevents not just IEDs, but any terrorism threat by preventing the enemy from arising. Does such a technology exist? Yes – and it has been validated by extensive scientific research and already been field-tested by militaries.

Invincible Defense Technology – An Ancient Human Resource-Based Technology

A new solution proven to prevent social problems like terrorism and war is now available. In military circles it is known as Invincible Defense Technology (IDT). It is an ancient human resource-based technology of consciousness that is capable of defusing and eliminating violence and conflict. Extensive research has confirmed its effectiveness. This new technology is easily applied and highly cost-effective.

With the practical application of the IDT, a field effect of collective consciousness can be created. The intention of the terrorist to commit a hostile act using Improvised Explosive Devices can be deflected by the more powerful influences of collective consciousness. This happens naturally, much as a superconducting magnetic field repels the influence of an intrusive external magnetic field. This latter phenomenon is called the Meissner Effect. The effect of collective consciousness is called the Maharishi Effect. It is named in honor of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the foremost exponent and scientist of consciousness known to our modern age.

Picture illustrating the Meissner Effect

Picture illustrating the Maharishi Effect

On the left, an external magnetic field penetrates an ordinary conductor whose electrons behave in a chaotic or disorderly way. On the right, the external magnetic field is excluded from the interior of a super-conductor whose electrons function in a coherent collective manner – invincibility. The Maharishi Effect creates invincible “national armor” that cannot be penetrated by the collective negativity of other countries.

This approach utilizes large groups of peace-creating experts practicing ancient technologies of consciousness that harness the most powerful level of nature’s functioning – the unified field described by superstring theory. Research published in peer-reviewed journals indicates that such groups can effectively defuse and prevent social problems like crime, war and terrorism.

Clearly, society needs a new prevention strategy

Despite our advanced technology and intelligent efforts, we struggle to eliminate terrorism by utilizing strategies and tactics that largely ignore the root cause of terrorism. Analysis shows that the underlying cause of social violence is, primarily, accumulated social stress. Therefore, to eliminate social problems such as terrorism, war and crime, we need to reduce collective societal stress.

Extensive research indicates that the best way to reduce collective societal stress is to adopt an ancient, but neglected strategy: “Avert the danger that has not yet come. Prevent an enemy for arising.” This strategy was known in the Vedic tradition of ancient India, and practical approaches were available to achieve it. This tradition is still alive today.

Scientific Research Supports Invincible Defense

During the past 40 years, more than 600 scientific studies conducted at 250 independent universities and medical schools in 33 countries have validated the wide-ranging stress-reducing benefits of the TM program. By applying this human resource-based technology, the military and related security agencies could reduce tensions and control terrorism, including IED attacks. Counter-intuitively, combat casualties diminish through non-lethal and non-destructive methods.

More Subtle Levels of Nature Have Greater Power

Presently, the military uses defense systems that are based on electronic technologies (Level 4 in chart below), chemical technologies (Level 3), biological technologies (Level 3), and nuclear technologies (Level 3). The chart below illustrates that invincibility cannot be obtained on these levels.

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The unified field is much more powerful than all other levels of technologies of defense. Harvard-trained quantum physicist Dr. John Hagelin, who has conducted pioneering research at CERN (the European Center for Particle Physics) and SLAC (the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center) and is responsible for the development of a highly successful grand unified field theory, explains:

“The technology of the unified field…is vastly more powerful than any previous level of defensive technology. The unique power of the unified field and of technologies of the unified field reveals that invincibility in nature is only available at the superunified scale. The chart above shows the hierarchical structure of natural law, from fundamentally unified to superficially diverse at the macroscopic levels of nature’s functioning, and reveals that invincibility is not found at any of the more superficial levels of natural law. Invincibility in nature only exists at the level of the unified field.”

How to Access Benefits of the Unified Field

If the military were to harness the power of the unified field through IDT, the nation would rise quickly toward invincibility. This approach to strengthening collective consciousness eliminates the enmity of the enemies. Research has shown reduced war deaths, casualties, and reduction in crime indices when larger numbers of experts practice IDT methods, as follows.

Individuals engage in a simple process of Transcendental Meditation and advanced techniques in a large group setting. Research shows these methods enhance orderly thinking through increased coherence of brain function. In turn, these physiological changes impact surrounding social events much in the same manner as electronic impulses in a radio tower emanate radio waves for hundreds of miles. Scientists call this a “field effect.”

Like energetic radio waves, accessing the Unified Field through techniques of consciousness causes “field effects” in the surrounding social environments. Therefore, the field effects of the Unified Field enhance the orderliness of social relations. Orderliness reduces friction and its social equivalent: enmity. With no enmity between them, former enemies become allies, and the nations become invincible because there are no enemies to fight.

Practical Recommendations for IED Prevention

A coherence-creating IDT group provides a realistic approach to the goal of national security and invincibility. This group could be comprised of members of the military (a “Prevention Wing of the Military”), a group of civilians, or a group combining the two. For instance, Ecuador’s “Project: Coherence,” introduced by then-Vice-Minister of Defense Lieutenant General Villamil, utilized both military and civilian personnel. Coherence-creating groups are trained in the primary techniques of Invincible Defense Technology (IDT) – the Transcendental Meditation program and its advanced practice, the TM-Sidhi program – and then they regularly practice these techniques together, morning and evening.

According to the research, the size of the group needed to reduce social stress depends on the size of the population. The minimum number of IDT participants necessary to create clear effects is the square root of one percent of the population. To calculate this number, multiply the population size by 0.01, and then take the square root of this number.

For instance, Afghanistan has a population of approximately 34 million: 33,610,000 x 0.01 = 336,100, and the square root of 336,100 is approximately 580, so a group of 580 IDT experts would theoretically be the minimum size to produce significant reductions in terrorism and conflict in the Afghanistan. The group size needed to affect the world is currently about 8,126. (Click to access an online “Square Root of One Percent of the Population” calculator for all countries.)

Invincible Defense Technology experts in Washington, DC,
Invincible Defense Technology experts gathered in Washington, DC, lowering the crime rate 24%

Verification of Claims to Reduce Social Violence

Studies show that when the number of IDT practitioners reaches this square root of 1 percent minimum threshold, crime goes down, quality of life indices go up, and war and terrorism abate. Scientists named this phenomenon the Maharishi Effect in honor of Maharishi, who first predicted it. For instance, a Maharishi Effect intervention was implemented and studied in Washington, D.C., in 1993. Predictions were lodged in advance with government leaders and newspapers. The research protocol was approved by an independent Project Review Board.

When the coherence-creating group reached its maximum number of participants, crime fell 24 percent below the level of criminal activity predicted for the season, location, and temperature. Temperature, weekend effects, and previous trends in the data failed to account for the observed changes in crime rates. This research was published in the peer-reviewed journal Social Indicators Research.

Additional Evidence for Reduced Violence

Another peer-reviewed study published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution demonstrated that a sufficiently large group of Invincible Defense Technology (IDT) experts in Israel affected the war in nearby Lebanon. The Lebanon War intensity dropped 45 percent, war deaths dropped 76 percent. In Israel, crime dropped by 12 percent and quality of life improved. On the same days, a composite quality-of-life index showed decreased crime, traffic accidents and fires in Jerusalem. The index also showed decreased crime accompanied by improvements in the stock market and national mood throughout Israel. Other possible causes (weather, weekends, holidays, etc.) were statistically controlled for and could not account for the results.

A follow-up day-by-day study of more than two years, published in the Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, showed that during seven different coherence-creating assemblies, war deaths in Lebanon decreased by an average of 71%. Based on this research and other studies, it is clear that Invincible Defense Technology is capable of greatly reducing protracted sectarian violence.

IDT Group Size vs. Quality of Life in Israel

Quality of life in Israel, including intensity of the conflict in Lebanon, improves in direct proportion to the number of participants in the coherence-creating group. Journal of Conflict Resolution, 32(4), 776–812. Quality of life in Israel improved and intensity of the conflict in Lebanon decreased in direct proportion to the number of Invincible Defense Technology experts in the coherence-creating group (Journal of Conflict Resolution, 1988, vol. 32, #4, pp. 776-812).
Editor’s Note Update: Listen to Huffpost Live TV: A Solution for Terrorism: a televised interview with Dr. John Hagelin, Bob Roth, and Col. Brian Rees, M.D., December 16, 2015 (30:00) for a explanation of the importance of this peer-reviewed research.

Responding to this research, Dr. David V. Edwards, a professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin, said, “I think the claim can be plausibly made that the potential impact of this research exceeds that of any other ongoing social or psychological research program. It has survived a broader array of statistical tests than most research in the field of conflict resolution. This work and the theory that informs it deserve the most serious consideration by academics and policy makers alike.”

Alternative Views Can Be Addressed

Despite the powerful results of the societal coherence-creating effects of IDT, there are still skeptics. For instance, Robert D. Duval, a political science professor at West Virginia University, wrote in 1988 about a study from the Journal of Conflict Resolution, “This article is of questionable value to mainstream international politics research because its basic premises are suspect. The fundamental assumptions of a ‘unified field’ and a ‘collective consciousness’ are not within the paradigm under which most of us operate.” However, Professor Duval, admits that “If one will, for the sake of argument, accept these premises as plausible, then the research conforms quite well to scientific standards.”

The Journal of Scientific Exploration published a paper by Dr. David Orme-Johnson, (now retired) and Robert Oates at the Institute of Science Technology and Public Policy. The paper addressed and rebutted a 1997 Social Forces paper that criticized research published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution study. Orme-Johnson and Oates conclude that criticism of IDT:

“…is not supported by either the empirical data nor by a logical analysis of the theory. Their conjecture that social, political, and military events at the time could explain the results does not hold up with simple inspection of the published data nor with decisive statistical tests. Their position that direct interactions between humans via a field of consciousness is a “heterodox” hypothesis not worthy of publication in social science journals is challenged by 33 published studies on the Maharishi Effect as well as by several other independent research programs.”

It is interesting to note that technological pioneers like Marconi faced similar criticism when they suggested that their wireless radios utilized electromagnetic field effects. Few people at the time believed that messages could be transmitted through thin air using electromagnetic fields. Despite the obvious strategic advantage of sending messages from a ship far at sea to land-based military observers, one country’s military persisted in using carrier pigeons for communications for some time after Marconi’s success in demonstrating the practical utility of electromagnetic radio waves.

How Does Invincible Defense Technology Work?

Over 50 studies have shown that IDT works. The causal mechanism has been postulated to be a field effect of consciousness – an effect created from the level of the unified field by the peace-creating group that spills over into the larger population.

On this basis, a study in the Journal of Social Behavior and Personality additionally offers a proposed explanation of the field effect in terms of biological cause-and-effect. Research on the neurotransmitter serotonin suggests that its increased availability in the body can lead to feelings of contentment, happiness, and even euphoria. Low physiological levels of serotonin or its breakdown product, according to research, correlate with violence, aggression, and poor emotional moods. A study of serotonin availability in non-meditating community members showed a correlation with numbers of experts practicing IDT in the area. This correlation between serotonin changes in non-practicing persons and numbers of IDT practitioners was statistically significant.

A study of serotonin availability in non-meditating community members, showed a correlation with numbers of experts practicing IDT in the area. This correlation between serotonin changes in non-practicing persons and numbers of IDT practitioners was statistically significant.

The results fit a statistical model of causality, indicating that increases and decreases in the size of the IDT group was the most likely explanation for the observed changes in serotonin in non-practitioners outside the group. When combined with the unique Vedic understanding of consciousness, this finding offers a plausible neurophysiologic mechanism to explain reduced hostility and aggression in society at large.

Further Explanatory Details of the IDT Practice

The IDT practice utilizes the ability of humans to “transcend” or “go beyond” the level of thoughts normally experienced when the eyes are closed. The “normal” state of awareness can be called “waking state.” (Two additional states of consciousness identified by modern science include the sleep state and the dream state – each with their physiological markers.)

Beyond these three known states of consciousness, IDT facilitates access of a different and unique physiological constellation of measures called the “transcendental state.” Specific instruction facilitates this natural tendency of the mind so that transcending can occur at will. This method is called the Transcendental Meditation program of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

The experience of a 4th state of consciousness (transcendental consciousness) in the advanced TM practitioner appears to be associated with an increase in serotonin activity and a decrease in the stress-related hormone cortisol. As far as scientists can speculate, the experience of transcendental consciousness during the practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique produces EEG coherence in the brain of the TM practitioners. This occurs even more powerfully in a group and creates an influence that spreads throughout the unified field from the individual to the group, and out to the surrounding social environment.

Modern unified field theories indicate that this unified field underlies everything in the material and mental universe. Physicists familiar with research on the TM program suggest that when practitioners of the TM-Sidhi program go deep in meditation in the group, enlivening the experience of transcendental consciousness, there is increased serotonin and EEG coherence not only in each individual in the group but also in the non-TM practitioners outside the group. Serotonin may be materially involved in this increased coherence. This research was referenced in a more comprehensive paper published by the Security and Political Risk Analysis (SAPRA) think tank that puts the findings in a more elaborate context.

Transcendental Meditation Is Not a Religion

People from all religious backgrounds practice the Transcendental Meditation program and appreciate how it has enhanced their faith. For instance:

Father Cletus Stein writes:

“I am a retired Catholic priest who practices Transcendental Meditation (TM) and did so while I served in the Catholic Church for about 30 years. Based on my own experience, I know that TM is a universal technique that is in harmony with the goals of our religion. It requires no change in personal lifestyle or beliefs and is an effective aid for us to become stronger in our own faith. Transcendental Meditation has enhanced my own religious practice and has been a great way for me to relax and become more alert for my work and my life as a whole…It is my experience that TM is an excellent way to prepare for prayer… Meditation has been encouraged by the Church over the ages and by the saints, including the writer of the Cloud of Unknowing, St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, and many others. TM is a proven technique for joining them in meditation.”

B. Budhacharan, a Buddhist, writes:

“I was born in Thailand where more than 95% of the 64 million citizens follow their faith and believe in Lord Buddha’s teaching. Being a Buddhist, we were told to practice compassion and kindness to all beings in our daily life and, in return, one can enjoy a happy and fulfilled life.”

“In 1970, I learned a mental technique called Transcendental Meditation (TM) taught by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The practice was very easy, natural and brought rapid development of the spiritual values in heart and mind. It was neither concentration nor contemplation but a simple technique that uses the natural tendency of the mind to move towards inner peace. After some time, I found this technique was exactly described in Buddhism as Nirodha Smadhi (free from suffering).”

“After some years, I learned the advanced technique called the Transcendental Meditation-Sidhi program that corresponds in Buddhism to the principle of Brahma Vihar that is associated with culturing compassion and loving kindness. My experiences, and those of many others around the world, have confirmed that the practice of the Transcendental Meditation and the Transcendental Meditation-Sidhi programs are completely in line with mainstream Buddhist teachings.”

Miral Shaaban, a veiled Muslim who lives in Cairo, Egypt, writes:

“I cannot ever forget the first time I prayed after my first meditation. I learned the TM technique in December of 2006: I was speechless and cannot explain this state of complete serenity, contentment and gratitude for God. TM increased my level of acceptance and appreciation for my faith and strengthened my beliefs.” She also reported that “reading from the Qur’an is becoming more enjoyable and comforting at the same time, as now I can better link its teachings with everything around me: my level of comprehension of its meanings are increasing on a daily basis…The great value of TM is that it deepens and expands one’s level of consciousness, so that one can begin to more fully grasp and live the deeper meanings and values of one’s own religion. This truth reminds me of the teaching from the holy Qur’an that offers great knowledge in the form of a question: ‘Are those who know and those who know not on the same level?’ Obviously, the answer is no.”

Atmane Kouider, Ph.D., a practicing Muslim and teacher of the TM program who lives in Algiers, Algeria, reported:

“Among all the people to whom I taught the TM technique, I have never heard of anyone who gave up his Islamic practice after learning TM; but, I have heard of many individuals, born Muslim, who adopted Islamic practice after learning the TM program. God states in His Holy Qur’an: ‘Verily never will Allah change the condition of a people until they change that which is in their own self.’ Here, in TM, is a scientifically validated program for changing our inner condition to harmony and all good. Let us adopt it to improve that which is in our own self and deserve God’s Mercy and Grace for ourselves and every living being.”

Rabbi Michael Shevack of the Bucks County Free Synagogue in Point Pleasant, Pennsylvania, commented on his experience of the TM program with reference to his practice of Judaism:

“There is a common misconception amongst many different ‘western’ religions, mainly Judaism, Christianity and Islam, that Transcendental Meditation is a form of some kind of Hindu worship and is therefore pagan. Based on my direct experience with the TM technique, I can clearly say that this idea is a misunderstanding and is simply not true.

“In fact, my experience as a TM practitioner, since the age of 17 (I am now 55) has proven just the opposite. At first I was attracted to TM as a way to reduce stress, and was very excited by the hundreds of studies that demonstrated it having a positive effect on lowering stress, blood pressure and improving generally well-being, both mental and physical. However, as I practiced TM, I found that these benefits were actually mere ‘byproducts’ of the experience.

“I found that I was opening, day after day, meditation after meditation, to what I considered to be a deep spiritual experience. Such an experience was not ‘other worldly,’ nor did it belong to ‘another religion.’ Such an experience was deeply rooted in the practical day to day experiences of life, and as such, became deeply integrated with the practice of my day to day Judaism. I found that TM opened me up to intuitive insights and understandings which helped ‘make sense’ of my Jewish practice; it made the observance of my own faith increasingly alive and spiritually vibrant…Based on my experience, I can say that there is nothing to fear about TM. If you are Christian, it will make you more Christian. If you are Jewish, it will make you more Jewish. If you are Muslim, it will make you more Muslim. Due to the growing appreciation of one’s own faith through TM, one does not seek out other religions; one becomes fulfilled in one’s own.

“Lastly, as a leader in inter-religious dialogue, who has worked with many of the world’s noble religions, I believe that TM can provide a doorway to a common spiritual understanding and experience that can help bring about, and speed, the development of mutual respect and understanding of the world’s religions, by deepening and enlivening the universal spiritual foundation upon which they are all based.

“In short, it is a fast, effective, universal approach to peace.”

Modern Physics Addresses a Comprehensive Theory of Consciousness

Theoretical physicists allude to the unified field as the basis of all laws of nature. IDT appears to work from this fundamental level. In fact, the Vedic tradition considers this state of transcendental consciousness to be a unified field of consciousness. The Maharishi Effect is observed when the collective consciousness of society is made more coherent through IDT.

In 2007, Dr. John Hagelin, Executive Director of the International Center for Invincible Defense in New York City, addressed UN ambassadors, government leaders, and the world press to call for establishing in every country a group of experts in IDT to render every country impervious to attack. “This is science – this is not a fanciful dream,” Dr. Hagelin declared. “I am speaking of a new approach to national security and invincibility that is based on the latest discoveries of quantum physics, physiology, and neuroscience, and which has been validated by extensive published scientific research. This new scientific approach provides a practical, proven solution to the problems of violence and conflict – and ensures that every government can immediately secure the safety and security of its people.” A video of Dr. Hagelin (1:13:00) explaining the scientific research on IDT is available online as well as from a transcription with full-sized images from his presentation.

Military Field Tests of IDT and Civilian Projects

Mozambique used IDT to end its civil war in the 1990s. One year ago, civilians in the Netherlands quietly formed a large enough group of IDT experts to achieve the Maharishi Effect. Profound changes in Netherlands politics, economics and social trends gave statistical evidence of improvements associated with attaining the necessary square root of one percent of IDT practitioners within its political boundaries. Since then, civilian groups in Bolivia, Trinidad and Tobago, Columbia, and Peru have also taken responsibility for building sufficiently large groups within their boundaries. Presently, the United States is close to getting the requisite number of IDT experts at the Invincible America Assembly in Fairfield, Iowa.

The pilot project in Mozambique dissolved after the UN broke up the military as part of the civil war treaty. High school students, who will graduate and move on, make up the bulk of the practitioners in Columbia. Private philanthropic funding in Iowa supports the development of a permanent group in the United States. However, non-government-funded groups may or may not be reliable over the long term.

The military and related security agencies are responsible for protecting the nation, and are obligated to thoroughly examine realistic, scientifically verified methods for ending war and terrorism. Since they are funded and their personnel are paid to perform their duties, they are not subject to the fluctuations of donors, jobs, graduations, and optional activities. Because the departments are paid to protect the nation, it is entirely appropriate for them to fund and staff a Prevention Wing of the Military. However, getting government leaders to examine IDT research has proven difficult.

Resistance to Invincible Defense Technology

Bias against the unconventional approach of IDT was examined by Dr. Carla Brown, an expert in qualitative research design and an adjunct professor at Aurora University in Illinois.

In her Harvard doctoral dissertation, she explored whether and how members of the Middle East policy community applied truth and utility tests to research findings about IDT. Ms. Brown asked these researchers to read a study that had been published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution. The study that she gave them showed a dramatic 45 percent reduction in war intensity and 75 percent reduction in war deaths when a critical mass of experts practiced IDT in large groups.

Among various outcomes of her study, Brown found that several respondents in each elite group that she interviewed were likely to examine a similar paper in the future, motivated in part by their examination of the quality of science involved. She also found that some of her interviewees did not take the effort to examine the research, including some social scientists who were critical of the research.

Attempting to find solutions to the non-scientific behaviors of the journal referees, “gate-keepers” of scientific inquiry, Brown explored means for overcoming the prejudicial barriers to the use of this research. At a time when the research outcomes described are greatly needed, Brown’s paper may provide context for those who want to understand their own prejudice or built-in reservations.

Brown’s paper helps security experts and policy gate-keepers to better understand how the barriers to IDT can be addressed and why the technology is emotionally difficult for many to accept. Brown’s research was published in the Journal of Social Behavior and Personality. Her Harvard doctoral dissertation is available online.

The Future of Military Successes Through Prevention

A prevention-oriented paradigm shift is taking place in the US military. In October 2007, the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard announced a new strategy: “We believe that preventing wars is as important as winning wars.” This is the biggest revision of US naval strategy in 25 years, focusing more on humanitarian missions and improving international cooperation. From the U.S. Army side, Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal recently vowed that he would use a “holistic” strategy and take extreme measures to avoid Afghan civilian casualties. Its “measure of effectiveness will not be the number of enemy killed, it will be the number of Afghans shielded from violence,” he said. “There is no one solution. . . The best way to defeat IEDs will be to defeat the Taliban’s hold on the people – to create a new atmosphere where the people reject the Taliban and their culture of fear and intimidation.”

Evidence points to movement towards pragmatic attainment of these goals. Another member of the U.S. Army, Colonel Brian M. Rees, M.D., M.P.H., Medical Corps, (Reserve), completed his Masters research paper in 2007 at the US Army War College on the topic of IDT, entitled “The Applications of Strategic Stress Management [SSM] in Winning the Peace.” The paper concluded that “[IDT] has demonstrated efficacy when addressing the nefarious activities of criminals and terrorists, as well as the legal violence of combatants.”

Col. Rees has given IDT presentations to the Proteus Management Group at the US Army War College, and the Association of Military Surgeons of the U.S. (AMSUS). In 2008 Dr. Rees and Dr. Leffler gave presentations at the International Sociological Association Research Committee 01 Seoul National University & Korea Military Academy International Conference on Armed Forces & Conflict Resolution in a Globalized World. They explained how IDT could help soldiers suffering from stress-related problems like Post-Traumatic Stress and could reduce collective societal stress responsible for terrorism and war.

Practicalities of IDT Deployment 

Best results occur when IDT is deployed within local political boundaries of the prejudiced area(s). If this is not possible, IDT coherence-creating groups can be deployed in larger numbers to create positive effects across groups of countries, continents, or the entire globe.

IDT achieves best operating characteristics when all participants comprise one group within close association of each other (proximity averaging 1.5 meters between participants). However, positive effects will still be attained when participants operate in several smaller groups. For this reason, sea-based Prevention Wings are theoretically possible. For instance, the US carrier Kitty Hawk (CV-63) supported 1,000 Special Operations Forces onboard for its mission in Afghanistan. Therefore, carrier battle groups supporting IDT experts could be deployed to the Persian Gulf to reduce tensions in the entire Middle East (approximate population = 800 million; 1% of population = 8 million; square root of 8 million = 2829 IDT experts needed to achieve the Maharishi Effect). This same type of configuration could be utilized in other hot spots, such as North Korea and South Korea.

It is likely that the militaries or other organizations of many countries will soon begin using Invincible Defense Technology. South Korea, for instance, is beginning to show receptivity to the IDT concept due to the rising tensions with North Korea. Presentations about IDT have been given at the South Korean government’s National Parliament Memorial Grand Hall and the Korea Institute for Defense Analyses (KIDA). Articles about IDT have appeared in The Daily SundayThe Seoul Times and The Korea Post. These articles indicate editorial support for the proposition that when a coherence-creating group of IDT experts is established, collective tensions will dissipate.

One of India’s leading antiterrorism experts, coauthor Major General (Ret.) Kulwant Singh, Ph.D., and associates are creating a group of 15,000 experts in Invincible Defense Technology (IDT) in central India. Based on the results of peer-reviewed scientific research using publicly available Rand Corporation data and published in the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, this group should be large enough to start reducing terrorism globally. The results of this study showed that deaths due to international terrorism dropped 72 percent and international conflict dropped 32 percent when large groups of experts in IDT were in place.

Therefore, when the group of IDT experts in India is large enough, the incidence of terrorist attacks including IED attacks worldwide is predicted to decrease. However, this step would just be the start of a phase transition. Ideally, coherence-creating groups of 15,000 stationed on every continent would be enough to nip terrorism in the bud. Collectively, these groups of 15,000 on each continent would constitute several orders of magnitude in excess of the predicted square root of one percent of the world population. However, engineers who build structures for maximum human safety regularly “over-engineer” their creations out of concern for unanticipated variables. The same rationale holds for engineering world peace from activities at the level of transcendental consciousness and the Unified Field.

It behooves the military of all countries and their related security agencies to apply this scientific research and implement the Invincible Defense Technology. We recommend that all countries create Prevention Wings of the Military and/or other similar coherence-creating groups to prevent not only IED attacks but also all war, conflict and terrorism.

cartoon Invincible Defense Technology

“Very impressive, General. But what I really want to know is how many Invincible Defense Technology Experts you have in your military!”

“Since war begins in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed” (UNESCO Constitution). Societal stress leads human minds to choose violent actions. With the IDT approach, however, it is not necessary to locate and pinpoint single terrorists. Through the field effect of collective consciousness a Prevention Wing of the Military can eradicate the negativity in the general area where terrorists operate.

In other words: IDT coherence-creating groups can remove negativity in a given population and replace it with coherence and harmony. Through these Unified Field mechanics of nature, terrorism can be averted. The stress-induced thinking and behavior of terrorists can be brought towards positivism. Even at the very last stage before a terrorist might commit a violent act, his or her thoughts and actions can be influenced in the direction of friendly behavior. In this manner, the social problems of conflict, war, terrorism get solved.

IDT offers a complementary means to counter the implementation of IEDs. Every military expert will confirm that conventional means of defense will not completely protect against IEDs and other weapons. IED explosives create a “boom” effect with terrible consequences.

If we follow the flow of time from left to right, the IED “boom” effect occurs at a point in time that has two sides: the left side, before the explosion, and the right side following the explosion. Analysis shows that we have grown weary of battling only the consequences of explosions. We need to examine the other side of this time-line. We need to fight against the causes of the IED explosion.

The only effective means to accomplish this goal is to prevent the use of IEDs by moving as far as possible to the “left of the boom.” If applied early enough, IDT prevents the enemy from arising at all. This outcome can now be achieved, in a scientific way, by targeting and neutralizing the enmity in a potential adversary so that no terrorists arise. Asymmetry on the battle field will be eliminated and symmetry will be restored. The result will be less violence and more harmony, ultimately eliminating the battles by eliminating enemies and creating victory before war – “the acme of skill” for a warrior.

About the Authors:

Picture of Maj Gen Kulwant Singh Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Kulwant Singh, Ph.D. fought in combat and led India’s fight against India’s intransigent terrorism problem for nearly 30 years. He was awarded the Uttam Yudh Sewa Medal, the second highest decoration for senior officers during operations in Sri Lanka as part of IPKF (Indian Peace Keeping Force). Today he is leading an international group of generals and defense experts that advocates Invincible Defense Technology.
Picture of Lt Col Chasse Lt. Col. (Ret.) Gunter Chassé – decorated with the Honorary Cross of the Bundeswehr in Gold – served in the German Air Force mainly in the Integrated NATO-Air Defense, alternately in commanding and staff positions and also was employed in Home Defense with territorial tasks. He will give a presentation to NATO and EU leaders about using Invincible Defense Technology to prevent the implementation of IEDs at the “Countering IEDs Europe” conference in the Berlin, Germany on 21-22 October 2009.
Picture of Dr David Leffler Dr. David R. Leffler served in the U.S. Air Force for eight years and later received his Ph.D. in Consciousness-Based Military Defense. He is a special columnist for The Seoul Times and serves on the Board of Editors for the Journal of Management & Social Sciences at the Institute of Business & Technology BIZTEK in Pakistan. David served as an Associate of the Proteus Management Group at the Center for Strategic Leadership, US Army War College and is currently the Executive Director at the Center for Advanced Military Science (CAMS). Dr. Leffler gave an IDT briefing about preventing IEDs to military and law enforcement personnel in Washington, D.C. at The Fifth Annual Countering IEDs: Assessing the IED Threat and its Evolution on the Battlefield and in the Homeland on 18 November, 2008.

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