Albert Stubblebine

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Albert N. Stubblebine III
Nickname(s) Bert
Born 1930
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1952-1984 (32 years)
Rank Major General
Commands held U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command
Battles/wars Invasion of Grenada

Albert "Bert" Newton Stubblebine III (born 1930[1]) is a retired United States Army major general whose active duty career spanned 32 years. Beginning as an armor officer, he later transferred to intelligence. He is credited with redesigning the U.S. Army intelligence architecture during his time as commanding general of the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) from 1981 to 1984, after which he retired from active service. After retirement Stubblebine became widely known for his interest, while on active duty, in psychic warfare and his hope to develop an army of soldiers with powers such as the ability to walk through walls.


Stubblebine graduated from the United States Military Academy (Class of '52) and subsequently received a masters degree in chemical engineering from Columbia University.[2] He married his wife, Geraldine, in 1952; they would ultimately adopt two children. Beginning his military career as an armor officer, he later transferred to military intelligence.

As a colonel, Stubblebine participated in a special task force which defined the requirements of the U.S. Army for future conflict. At one time led the Electronic Research and Development Command (ERADCOM). As a general officer, Stubblebine was a proponent of psychic warfare and was involved in a U.S. military project to create "a breed of 'super soldier'" who would "have the ability to become invisible at will and to walk through walls". He reportedly attempted to walk through walls himself.[3] (He features prominently in Jon Ronson's book The Men Who Stare at Goats.[4][5]) Stubblebine was a key leader in the U.S. military invasion of Grenada (1983) and was, according to a report published by the Daily Mail, "at the heart of America's military machine" at that time.[3]

After Stubblebine retired from the Army in 1984 he worked as a vice-president for BDM Corporation. He retired from that job in 1990. In 1994 his wife Geraldine was granted a divorce on grounds of adultery.[6] He also acted as a part-time consultant to two government contractors, ERIM and Space Applications Corporation.[6] Stubblebine was inducted into the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame[7] in 1990.

Stubblebine's statements questioning the plausibility of the damage done to the The Pentagon by the hijacked aircraft during the September 11 attacks have been cited by conspiracy theorists such as David Ray Griffin to suggest that there was a conspiracy involving some elements of the United States government.[8]

In popular culture[edit]

  • A character ("General Hopgood") in the 2009 film The Men Who Stare at Goats is loosely based on Stubblebine as head of the project to walk through walls.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Albert Stubblebine bio". NNDB. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  2. ^ Ronson, Jon (2006). The Men Who Stare at Goats, Simon & Schuster (April 4, 2006). ISBN 978-0-7432-7060-1 p. 70
  3. ^ a b Penman, Danny (October 23, 2009). "Can you kill a goat by staring into its eyes?". Daily Mail. Retrieved November 11, 2009. 
  4. ^ Ronson, Jon (2006). The Men Who Stare at Goats. Simon & Schuster. p. 93. ISBN 978-0-7432-7060-1. 
  5. ^ "Acting the giddy goat". The Guardian. December 21, 2004. Retrieved November 10, 2009. 
  6. ^ a b Court Of Appeals Of Virginia. Albert N. Stubblebine, III v. Geraldine M. Stubblebine. Record No. 1915-94-4. Case heard on July 23, 1996. Accessed November 12, 2009.
  7. ^ CSTI - Board Of Directors at the Wayback Machine (archived February 6, 2005)
  8. ^ David Ray Griffin (2007). Debunking Nine/eleven Debunking. Interlink Books. pp. 272–. ISBN 978-1-56656-686-5. Retrieved 27 March 2013. 

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