John B. Alexander

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Col. 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.


He enlisted the army in Army as a Private in 1956, and retired as a Colonel in 1988. Commander, Army Special Forces Teams, US Army, Thailand, Vietnam, 1966-69. Chief of human resources division, US Army, Ft. McPherson, GA, 1977-79. Inspector general, Department of Army, Washington, 1980-82. Chief of human technology, Army Intelligence Command, US Army, Arlington, VA 1982-83. Manager of tech. integration, Army Materiel Command, US Army, Alexandria, VA, 1983-85. Director, advanced concepts US Army Lab. Command, Aldelphi, MD 1985-88.[1][2][3]

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).

"Last year, Alexander organized a national conference devoted to researching 'reports of ritual abuse, near-death experiences, human contacts with extraterrestrial aliens and other so-called anomalous experiences,' the Albuquerque Journal reported in March 1993. The Australian magazine Nexus reported last year that in 1971, Alexander 'was diving in the Bimini Islands looking for the lost continent of Atlantis. He was an official representative for the Silva mind control organization and a lecturer on precataclysmic civilizations ... [and] he helped perform ESP experiments with dolphins.'"[4]

Formerly with the U.S. Army Intelligence & Security Command (INSCOM) under Gen. Albert Stubblebine, 1982-4. Reportedly, Alexander was one of Stubblebine's closest officers.[5]

Col. Alexander received a National Award for Volunteerism from Pres. Ronald Reagan in 1987, and the Aerospace Laureate Award from Aviation Week in 1993 & 94. He lives in Las Vegas with his wife, alien abduction researcher Victoria Lacas Alexander, and two children. His office address is that of NIDS: 1515 E Tropicana, Suite 400, Las Vegas, NV 89119.[6]

In popular culture[edit]

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.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mind Games. Weinberger, Sharon. Washington Post. Jan 14, 2007. Retrieved on 2009-05-23.
  2. ^ Guests: Col. John Alexander. Coast to Coast AM with George Noory. Retrieved on 2009-05-23.
  3. ^ Col. John Alexander: How the war on terrorism will be fought. Oct 3, 2001. Retrieved on 2009-05-23.
  4. ^ Aftergood, Steven (9-10 1994). "The Soft-Kill Fallacy". Bulletin of Atomic Scientists 50 (5): 40.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. ^ Porter, Tom (March 1996). Government Research into ESP & Mind Control.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "Who's Who in America". 1997. 
  7. ^ "The Science Behind the Fiction", Push DVD, Summit Entertainment, 2009, Region 1.

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