John B. Alexander

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"Dr. John Alexander has been a leading advocate for the development of non-lethal weapons since he created renewed interest in the field starting in 1989. In 2003 he served as a mentor to Afghan Ministry of Defense senior officials through the Office of Military Cooperation – Afghanistan, (Coalition Forces) Kabul. He has traveled to ALL of the continents on Earth. He trekked the remote areas of Tibet including the Mount Everest Base Camp, went to Timbuktu in the Sahel in West Africa, tracked gorillas in Rwanda, met shamans in the Amazon, and in 2010 traveled across cartel controlled areas of Central America.

"He entered the US Army as a private in 1956 and rose through the ranks to sergeant first class, attended OCS, and was a colonel of Infantry in 1988 when he retired. During his varied career, he held many key positions in special operations, intelligence, and research and development. From 1966 through early 1969 he commanded Special Forces “A” Teams in Vietnam and Thailand. His last military assignment was as Director, Advanced System Concepts Office, U.S. Army Laboratory Command. After retiring from the Army, Dr. Alexander joined Los Alamos National Laboratory where he was instrumental in developing the concept of Non-Lethal Defense. As a program manager, he conducted non-lethal warfare briefings at the highest levels of government including the White House Staff, National Security Council, Members of Congress, Director of Central Intelligence, and senior Defense officials. He also met with heads of industry, presented at academic institutions, including Columbia, Harvard and MIT. In 2004 he was invited to address the German Bundestag. In 2005 he went to The Hague and addressed international delegates to the Chemical Warfare Convention. Later his civilian U.S. Government position afforded him SES equvalancy.

"Dr. Alexander organized and chaired six major conferences on non-lethal warfare and served as a US delegate to several NATO studies on the topic. As a member of the first Council on Foreign Relations non-lethal warfare study, he was instrumental in influencing the report that is credited with causing the Department of Defense to create a formal Non-Lethal Weapons Policy in July 1996. He was a distinguished guest lecturer at several DOD universities and has advised the CIA, US Special Operations Command, and the National Intelligence Council.

"Dr. Alexander wrote the seminal material on non-lethal warfare. He published articles in Harvard International Review, Jane’s International Defense Review, The Boston Globe, The Futurist, The Washington Post, and several other journals. He has appeared frequently on television including Dateline, Fox News, Larry King, CNN, MSNBC, Newsweek, and other US programs plus international television in Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Brazil, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the UK, and Japan.

"Academically, he holds a M.A., Pepperdine University, Ph.D., Walden University, and later attended the Anderson School of Management at UCLA, the Sloan School of Management at MIT, and the Kennedy School of Government general officer program “National and International Security for Senior Executives” at Harvard University. In addition to many military awards for valor and service, Aviation Week & Space Technology selected him as a 1993 Aerospace Laureate and in 1997 inducted him into their Hall of Fame at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington. He received a Department of Energy Award of Excellence for the Nuclear Weapons Program in 1994, and is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, American Men and Women of Science, and in 2001 was named to the OCS Hall of Fame at Ft. Benning, Georgia. During 2001 and 2002 he was a member of the National Research Council Committee for Assessment of Non-Lethal Weapons Science and Technology. In 2012 he received the Knowlton Award for lifelong contributions to military intelligence.

"Currently he is a private consultant, a Senior Fellow at the Joint Special Operations University. His books include, The Warrior’s Edge, Wm. Morrow, (1990) Future War, with foreword by Tom Clancy, St. Martin’s Press (1999), and the sequel, Winning the War, published August 2003. His next book, UFOs: Myths Conspiracies and Realities was released in February 2011." In the case of the latter book the foreword was written by Jacques Vallee, the introduction by Burt Rutan, and Commentary by Tom Clancy. [1]


"On this path there have been many adventures. Assigned in Thailand he met with Buddhist mystics. In Vietnam, while commanding a Special Forces (Green Beret) A-Team, he had a monastery inside his camp in the Mekong Delta. In 1972 he was one of the first people to explore the unique underwater artifacts that have become known as the Bimini Wall. Many believe this to be remnants of Atlantis. In Hawaii he was the state representative for Silva Mind Control and learned Aikido from the Japanese masters. With Ted Rockwell, (Admiral Rickover's technical director for creating the nuclear Navy) he researched interspecies communications, including diving with dolphins in the wild (when that was still legal).

"Developing a deep interest in near-death studies, John Alexander completed his doctoral work under the world famous Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. He went on to become the president of the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS) then-located at the University of Connecticut. As always, he split his efforts and continued a pragmatic path helping to create Children’s Hospice International, an organization dedicated to assisting children who are facing life-threatening illnesses and their families. For that effort he received a President’s Award for Volunteer Action from President Ronald Reagan.

"As part of his official military duties, he became involved in studying psychic phenomena and attempting to understand what the Soviet Union was doing in this area. He learned how to teach psychokinesis, involved professional magicians in the process, and then brought these skills to many high-level officers. His studies also covered remote viewing and extensive work in Neurolinguistic Programming. These techniques were applied to accelerating learning and skill acquisition. With the assistance of Cleve Backster he developed an instrument for the measurement of electrical impulses in oral leukocytes. Then they demonstrated remote influence and used these studies to challenge the American National Academy of Sciences. The spectacular results of these studies are recorded in his book The Warrior’s Edge.

"While in the military he formed an ad hoc interagency group to study aerial phenomena (UFOs). This is a little known aspect of his work as the group insured no paper trail existed that could be traced by outsiders. Col. Alexander briefed many senior officials on this topic. Until recently he worked part-time for the National Institute for Discovery Science (NIDS), a private research organization dedicated to exploring the UFO topic. His book, UFOs: Myths, Conspiracies, and Realities will be released by St. Martin’s Press, February 2011

"Being interested in phenomenology he has traveled the world visiting native healers and shamans. These visits include mountain trips into the Andes in Bolivia and Peru, and the Himalayas in Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan. He has also studied with curanderos in the Amazon region of Peru, Ecuador and Brazil, observed Sufis in Turkey, seen witch-doctors in Zimbabwe, gone to Timbuktu with the fearsome Tuarges, the Blue Men of the Sahel, and met with lunar astronauts with similar interests... Currently he is a councilor for the Society for Scientific Exploration." [3]

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  1. johnbalexander Bio, organizational web page, accessed July 22, 2013.
  2. International Remote Viewing Association About, organizational web page, accessed July 23, 2013.
  3. johnbalexander UFO/Phenomenology Interests, organizational web page, accessed July 22, 2013.