John B. Alexander
John B. Alexander is a retired US Army Colonel and a leading advocate for the development of non-lethal weapons. He was born in New York in 1937, and obtained a PhD from Walden University in 1980. Col. Alexander figures prominently in journalist Jon Ronson's book The Men Who Stare At Goats which examines the subject of New Age ideas influencing the military.
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He joined the army in 1956 and retired in 1988 after serving among other things with research and development, special operations, and served as a Special Forces commander in Vietnam and Thailand.
During his time in the army he showed interest in esoteric techniques similar to those explored by Lt. Col. Jim Channon in his First Earth Battalion manual. An example is neuro-linguistic programming with which he hoped to create "Jedi warriors" (according to his own account in his 1990 book The Warrior's Edge). He has published another book, UFOs: Myths, Conspiracies, and Realities (ISBN 978-0-312-64834-3).
 In popular culture
Alexander is interviewed for the documentary featurette "The Science Behind the Fiction" which appears on the DVD for the 2009 film Push. There he discusses his personal experiences with paranormality within the US military. He claims that the Soviet Typhoon class submarine first became known to American military intelligence by paranormal methods.
 See also
- Mind Games. Weinberger, Sharon. Washington Post. Jan 14, 2007. Retrieved on 2009-05-23.
- Guests: Col. John Alexander. Coast to Coast AM with George Noory. Retrieved on 2009-05-23.
- Col. John Alexander: How the war on terrorism will be fought. CNN.com. Oct 3, 2001. Retrieved on 2009-05-23.
- "The Science Behind the Fiction", Push DVD, Summit Entertainment, 2009, Region 1.
- Official webpage
- National Institute for Discovery Science profile page on Alexander, hosted on Internet Archive