by Jim Channon
Journal of Non-lethal Combatives, February 2000
Introduction and annotation by Joseph R.
the Peoples’ Republic of China publicly reported that several
thousand of its children aged 8-14 were capable of telepathy,
clairvoyance, X-ray vision, or psychokinesis. [EN1] Having already heard about
this program, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), National
Security Agency (NSA), Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA),
Lawrence Livermore Laboratories, and the US Army were
simultaneously pouring billions of dollars into their own similar
The Army program was headquartered at Fort Meade,
Maryland, and was part of the Intelligence and Security Command
(INSCOM). Leaders included Generals Edmund Thompson and Albert Stubblebine, and
Colonel John Alexander. [EN2]
Officers assigned to
the US Army War College at Carlisle
Barracks, Pennsylvania contributed research to the project, and
"The First Earth Battalion" is essentially a textual copy of one
group’s unclassified briefing slides.
Although decidedly New Age,
the War College project was not entirely theoretical. Colonel
Alexander, for example, went on to become a leader in the Los
Alamos National Lab’s non-lethal weapons program.
[EN3] Likewise, during the
early 1980s Special Forces hired Richard Strozzi Heckler and other
outside contractors to provide two A-teams, a total of 25 men, with
training in biofeedback, aikido, and "mind-body
In the latter
program, a typical training day included running, swimming,
"industrial-strength" calisthenics, and 1-1/2 hours of aikido practice.
After six months, the soldiers were not aikido masters but they were
quantifiably 75% more physically fit than when they started. [EN4]
with the editor in January 2000, author Channon had this to say:
circulated by this mythical force [First Earth Battalion] began
with combat of the collective conscience… the principal that if any
contest is viewed by the television audience, it will be judged in the
end on ethical superiority. Thus cameras mounted on dune buggies. The
Army War College has the most exhaustive instructional materials on
peacekeeping. All these ideas were first represented by Earth Battalion
thinkers and the manual you have.
Channon’s statement may sound hyperbolic, but if you
substitute "CNN" for "EARTH BATTALION satellite" in the following
document, then you have a good description of the United States
military’s foreign policy of the 1990s.
you think of the global communication system Channon envisioned as
the Internet, then it appears that he had a pretty good idea of where
ARPANET (the acronym for the Department of Defense’s Advanced
Research Projects Agency’s computer network) was headed. Therefore,
despite the hyperbole and New Age jargon, Channon’s crystal ball
proved clearer than cynics probably expected.
nothing else, the following paper does suggest why drug testing
became common for all ranks during the mid-1980s.
James B. Channon
Sponsors: MAJ (P) [Promotable] M.M.
Ischinger/COL D.M. Malone
JNC Feb 2000
Understanding that we must work through people, how can our Army
establish and maintain control of changing, interdependent systems to
maximize force readiness?
The Process of Control.
The Dynamics of
The Nature of Interdependence.
The Science of Systems.
The Dynamics of Force Readiness.
Concept Paper Title: The First Earth
Concept: Task Force Delta’s effort needs the
track of time. Just as we maintain our perspective of the past and
contact with the complexities of the present, our "First Earth
Battalion" is the prime place to put thoughts of the future through a
basic Army perspective.
The views expressed
in this concept paper are those of the author(s) and do not purport
to reflect the positions or policies of the Department of the Army
or of the Department of Defense. Requests for additional information
or clarification regarding this concept paper should be addressed to
HQ TRADOC, ATTN: ATCG-SD, Ft. Monroe, VA 23651.
The track of time
comes hurtling up out of the past, from somewhere billions of years ago
back in history. It flicks by us as we stand here now in the present and
then thrusts on for billions of years out ahead of us, out into the
future, bound for some place called infinity.
Two things we know
about time: its march is inexorable… and it always gives rise to change.
Change, then, is like time, inexorable, inevitable and pervasive -- and
so powerful and complex a thing that in just five billion years, change
has produced, from inorganic matter and countless millions of
experiments, complex living things such as social insects and mankind.
Any concept of change is a concept of time. Thus any concept of
change must involve past, present, and future. Task Force Delta’s
effort, as a concept of change, needs the track of time… the lessons of
history, the realities of the present, and the dreams and visions of the
Our "First Earth Battalion" is a place to dream.
A place to think the unthinkable. It’s the prime place to put our
thoughts of the future just as we must maintain our perspective of the
past and contact with the complexities of the present. It’s an "Earth"
battalion because of what we know about a shrinking world, and about
interdependencies among people, and nations, and natural resources…
interdependencies which everyday are becoming more evident to us all.
It’s a battalion because our study effort is directed to our Army, and
the battalion is an entity which all of us soldiers from top to bottom,
Signed: D.M. Malone, COL, US Army
Making this planet whole…
requires the ethical use of force. But even subcultures of force
must evolve into a master culture. The Army is no exception.
Soldiers can be the principal moral ethical basis on which
things political can harmonize in the name of the Earth.
[Editor’s note: The following are the headings and
textual portions of illustrated briefing slides compiled into a booklet
and self-published as "The First Earth Battalion" by
Channon in 1979. Spelling errors have been corrected, but all
ellipses (…) were the author’s rather than the editor’s.]
has grown from pack to village… and then from village to tribe, then
from tribe to territory… and from territory to nation.
time to go from nation to planet.
First Earth Battalion hereby declares its primary allegiance to
THE WARRIOR MONK
Chinese monks were often attacked by robbers.
developed a new fighting system based on using the force of the attacker
against him. Likewise the soldiers of the First Earth will learn martial
arts with the same ethical basis.
soldier shall be denied the kingdom of heaven because he or she is used
as an instrument of indiscriminate war.
conscience will be developed together with the ability to neutralize the
THE EARTH BATTALION IS
AND IS BECOMING
Battalion is potential oriented, not mission oriented, so any
definition of what it is or does tends to limit what it can become… At
the moment it is a spirit among other things.
By 1990 it may be
a pilot community of warrior-monks who completely recycle all resources,
live amidst new nuclear reactors and waiting deployment to tension
tank methodology for the U.S. Army -- a banner for the closet
greathearts wherever they are -- a bonding agent for the idealist
activists in the service and out -- a home for the ethical evolution of
force -- an alternate form of service to the planet.
The pioneering spirit is not dead in America! Many
of the Earth Battalion ideas are taken from the New Age.
sample of New Age groups shows there is plenty of gold left in
the hills of the mind, body and spirit. The rush is on!
and advertisements posted include:]
Institute for Training in Psychodrama
Dimensional Mind Approach
Briarpatch Review: A Journal of Right Livelihood & Simple
Center of Release and Integration
Integration Reichian Rebirthing
Biofeedback Center of Berkeley
Brosnan Tortoise. (The latter was "a small group who seek to advance
the comprehension, experience, and worship of God. Our
activities center around the study of The Urantia Book.")
Everyone in the First Earth is equally important in the eyes
of the organization and will be provided for accordingly. Status is
achieved by the skill with which you do your chosen task. It’s not
important that you move up in the organization… only that your skill
level moves up. Leaders will be those [soldiers] whose chosen skills are
group interworking and spiritual development.
allowing for diversity… we can share the ways that humans are all
wonderfully unique. The uniform must
serve the soldier’s given task but must equally serve to share the most
precious gift we each have to share … our personality.
banners will serve to share the corporate Earth Battalion personality.
[The picture shows a "Battalion Samurai Battle Mantle"]
UNITY POWERED BY DIVERSITY
Synergy is possible when
every soldier brings his or her individual best to the group task. It is
multiplied in strength again if that soldier truly loves the other
members of the unit. Then we shall have the maximum combat power
Things like Fuller’s tensegrivity illustrate how the maximum in
individual tension can be held delicately in check by group unity --
thereby generating the maximum potential energy.
equilibrium, the visible structure, plus LOVE = the invisible bonding.
The First Earth is not
mission oriented it is potential oriented. That means we shall continue
to look everywhere to find non-destructive methods of control.
J.F.C. Fuller, the father of mechanized warfare, was an
omni-directional thinker and a member of the world of the occult. [EN5]
Be a guerrilla
guru: [explore] the occult, the new age, the traditional, eastern
philosophy, [and] space age technology.
Jobs in the First Earth
are based on capabilities. Sex, age, color, or religious preferences are
Culture has, however, programmed men and women so that they feel
pressure to relate to each other sexually.
This sexual protocol can be overcome by a series of extended
exercises requiring the absolute interdependence of all participants
until a level is trust is developed that supersedes and rises above any
kind of sexual relationship.
Fortunately love is still the by-product.
The President just needs a wider range of options
to respond to the 1980s. Force as a concept has lost much of its
legitimacy. The time has come to take the lead in solving the problems
The First Earth Battalion [Missions]
Force of heart
Force of will
Force of arms
Force of spirit
Human disaster rescue group
Eco disaster rescue group
Natural disaster rescue group
The Star [Headquarters]
Sensing [Intelligence -- S-2]
People [Personnel -- S-1]
Design [Operations and Training -- S-3]
Signals [Communications and Public Affairs]
Support [Logistics -- S-4]
Headquarters = Star
Counter-force company: Arms, Heart, Will, Spirit
Pioneer company: Space pioneer, Eco pioneers, Urban pioneers
Rescue company: Natural disaster, Eco disaster, Human
REASONS TO BE
Soldiers are in the business of life and death. As a leader
during war, I must know that if my soldiers are to die… that it’s for
the right reasons. When at peace they deserve nothing less than a chance
of personal evolution.
Soldiers can be a real part of the
evolution of this Earth. Anything less… is just something less.
In the martial arts, one
learns a number of possible countermoves against different types of
possible enemies. These practice battles are done over and over until
they become instinct. Likewise in the Earth Battalion all
plausible engagements are war-gamed until each soldier has the routine
cold. In this way the battalion can operate in the absence of commands
from its leaders, who may be out of touch, because of the new realities
of modern warfare.
[A chart compares "martial art stances"
(e.g., prepare left, block left, en garde, prepare right) to a flowchart
If you are overrun -- move to the nearest road
junction, take control of the buildings, wait for his towed artillery,
destroy all you can… till you have lost an offensive punch, then
exfiltrate [sneak out] or surrender to save life.
All warrior monks, but an interdependence of New
Age skills as well.
[The graphic shows the following skills, all
emanating from a central Spirit Wizard]
Using traditional and New Age ideas:
Yogic cat stretch
Primal scream and leap
Ginseng tab regulator
Speed [ amphetamines] or morning thunder tea [EN6]
Primal low frequency lights
Paced primal rock [music] in our ears
Discordant sounds for them [the enemy]
Just like many
systems… when a nation or government becomes old, it is so full of its
ideas [that] it has no room for new ones. Well, there are New Age ideas
with great power for the first body that decides to systematically use
THE EARTH BATTALION WILL HEAR THEM ALL.
[The accompanying illustration shows a rucksack containing body
vest music (e.g., a Walkman®), night vision foodstuffs, natural foods,
dried munchie packs, divining tools (divining rods had been used in
Vietnam to find Viet Cong tunnels with at least as much success as
CIA sonar systems), and ginseng regulators.]
MARKING THE TRAIL
The American Indian
revealed himself as an individual by his distinctive ornamentation. His
shield in some cases was more complete as a representation of his skills
and predisposition than the modern soldier’s personnel file.
Earth Battalion soldiers will be encouraged to represent
themselves well in their dress, and wear a twelve-pointed star with each
axis clipped to reveal a dimension on a standard personality inventory
FIT TO FIGHT
Recently a world class health
expert revealed his formula for being perfectly fit. At the heart of
good health, he chose a positive mental attitude. Next in importance was
aerobic exercise to get oxygen spread throughout the body. Finally he
broke down foods into the following priority:
Then the others -- way down the list.
DELIVERY OF FIRES
Precision delivery [of artillery fires] is a function
of clear and calm calculations. The battalion Tactical Operations Center
will employ every New Age centering tool to ensure our fire
coordinators do their job of neutralization surgically.
[Equipment shown for this New Age Tactical Operations
Samadi tank for command decisions. [Samadi
tanks are isolation tanks said to provide "an ideal environment for
relaxation and stress reduction, meditation, and the exploration of
consciousness." Above the door is a sign reading: "Centering with
mentations prior to entering."]
Neutralization oriented electronic map display. [This was
similar to what was already becoming standard in naval Combat
Ergonomic settings [as opposed to the traditional
field table, tent or tracked vehicle, and plywood map board].
[While working, the staff updated their map display while taking
a] Trip through bamboo sounds.
the advent of electronic display many variations of maps are possible on
the same surface. Some ideas for the modern battlefield are:
Relief for direct-fire weapons.
Patterns to show gas or smoke coverage.
Building relief for MOUT (military operations in urbanized
Strip maps for road movement.
See how abstract our
current symbols are. They clutter the map with Order of Battle
[3rd Battalion, 37th Infantry (Mechanized)] and
lack a great deal of important targeting data [such as effective
[On a First Earth Battalion map display:]
Tank units look like tanks.
Larger units mean larger symbols.
If they [tank units] are moving, the road wheels ***pulse***.
If you need their state of vulnerability press the top of the
symbol. (These two units are under the cover of smoke.)
If you need their projected power, press the front of the
weapon (the mobility and range of this weapons system).
If you need their potential [power], press the back of the
symbol (unit strength, POL [petroleum, oil, and lubricants], ammo,
morale, etc. are presented in a series of scalar dimensions).
If you must have the Order of Battle [3rd
Battalion, 37th Infantry (Mechanized)], then press the
bottom of the symbol.
YOU GET WHAT YOU NEED -- NO MORE.
NEW AGE SYNTHESIS FOR A SAMURAI
Seek your own personal path to God
Actively improve your physical condition.
Master mental self control for combat.
Reinforce team interdependence.
Actively serve people and planet.
Indulge in happiness and humor.
TYPICAL BATTLE SCENARIO FIRST EARTH
They parachuted in that morning and stood in a
long line facing each opposing army. The Earth Battalion
satellite above beamed this image to the globe. The Earth watched as
this potential catastrophe awaited the conscience of one of the two
[rival] army leaders to set. For they would have to bloody the Earth
Battalion people in their path before they could attack -- and the world
The Universe yields wonderful
energies for those who rise above physical mechanics. The Earth
Battalion will practice non-denominational techniques for spiritual
It is our right and they [non-denominational meditation
techniques] shall make us stronger.
When our Earth Battalion people become families and we
hope they will, they will then leave the attack battalions and go to the
nuclear release sites of each nation with a nuclear strike capability.
this way they will be a clear and present reminder of what exists at the
other end of a button. [The accompanying illustration shows families
living in tents in the middle of a desert.]
Mother Earth… my life support system… as a soldier… I must
drink your blue water… live inside your red clay and eat your green
I pray… my boots will always kiss your face and my
footsteps match your heartbeat.
Carry my body through space
and time… you are my connection to the Universe… and all that comes
I am yours and you are mine.
I salute you.
function of the First Earth is to communicate ideas. Set up a
network of information within your army and with friends in any army.
Soon continental coordination will emerge and then we will consider
communications media other than the mail and telephone.
battalion grow wherever there is interest.
HUMAN DIMENSIONS: TECHNOLOGY AND STUDY AREAS -- THE NATURAL
Natural technologies for the soldier
Mongolian massage (Katonning); professional football
players now adopting yoga in exercises
alertness during combat
awareness technology based on aikido ala [George]
effectiveness during combat
Hypnotherapy -- ala J. Bartell’s world’s best combat
shooters using hypnosis technology
first aid without medicine or equipment
-- acupressure and similar technologies based on known energy
points on the body and hypnotherapy
Understanding bodily weak points can either heal a friendly
or hurt an enemy; tai chi chuan by a master [EN8]
Movement to contact
squads at rest, one squad alert… using herb teas and other
Preprogrammed responses for combat contingencies using
karate kata to embody knowledge
suggestibility test to determine primary learning style for each
soldier. It’s highly likely that all directed instruction now
given violates the basic suggestibility of the modern
medical profession moving to health foods -- our soldiers can eat
junk food!? [EN9]
are cohesive with around eight people… organizations should adopt
the operational style of the network… the most resilient and
effective information processor.
Army missions are aligned with the values of youth we won’t be
able to keep them [youth] away.
Counter hostage force
Earth Battalion Organization)
silent circle and the spirit shoot.
Conference order & decision making
protocol of attention
Tactical Operations Center
cerebral environment maintained by several stress reduction
Breathing (Law of the Octave)
Mentations (Relaxation response)
battle forms pictures, not numbers and words. Symbol compression
technology is necessary for a facsimile system.
Intelligent display language not only reports on pairings
but also suggests the most effective future use of response
weapons (the secret here is the breadth of the syntax not the mass
of the alpha-numeric.)
conscious application of assonant and dissonant sound to achieve a
physical response (both audible and hypersonic) e.g. all vehicles
will use loudspeakers in the attack and play acid rock…
out of synch. Meanwhile inside our armored personnel
carriers is rhythmic positive pulsing organizing music. Subsonic
frequencies bombard the enemy, bringing their intelligence
evolution of mind as developed into an art by
Gurdjieff-Khaso-Harvey-Bandler-Grinder etc. (Most Western minds
are linear and predictable strategists.) Holographic Intelligence.
Pribram -- Burns -- Claus -- Channon
military tasks are aligned with spiritual commitment the
[military] machine runs by
Marcello Truzzi, "China’s Psychic Savants," Omni, January 1985.
Jim Schnabel, Remote Viewers: The Secret History of America’s Psychic
Spies (New York: Dell, 1997).
See, for example, John Alexander, Future War: Non-Lethal Weapons in
Twenty-first Century Warfare(New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1999).
Alexander’s other publications include "The New Mental Battlefield" in
Military Review (December 1980).
Richard Strozzi Heckler, In Search of Warrior Spirit (Berkeley, CA:
North Atlantic Press, 2nd edition, 1992).
Maj.-Gen. J.F.C. Fuller, one of the pioneers of mechanized warfare and
a noted military historian, was also interested in astrology and the
writings of the occultist Aleister Crowley.
As early as 1883 the Bavarian Army experimented with issuing cocaine
to its soldiers during their annual maneuvers. Subsequent researches
into chemically-enhanced militaries resulted in the introduction of
amphetamine powders in 1927 (the mostly African American drivers of
the Red Ball Express were the best-known US users of World War II),
the creation of anabolic steroids in 1958, and the integration of
psychotropic drug research with virtual reality computer research in
As a counterpoint, some recent evidence suggests that standard
personality inventory tests tend to favor white, middle-class values,
frequently discriminate against minorities, and reveal little more
than the test-taker’s skill at taking standard personality inventory
The well-known martial arts writer Robert W. Smith was approached
regarding this project, and in a letter to the editor, he said, "I
said this is BS, include me out. Really. This was a time of big
military budgets and when they were trying to replace guns with ESP,
etc. CIA at same time were trying to get Uri Geller, et al., to
visualize Soviet missile sites." For details of CIA involvement with
Geller, see Schnabel, 1997, 129-140, 278-280.
Indeed, in a field environment US soldiers are issued food loaded with
fats, sugar, and various chemical additives.