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[ Editors Note: Col. Brian Rees, M.D. also later presented this paper at military-related conferences. See:

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This paper was also presented the Seoul National University & Korea Military Academy International Conference on Armed Forces & Conflict Resolution in a Globalized World. For more information see:

Col. Brian M. Rees (Abstract). The Application of Strategic Stress Management in Winning the Peace. In the proceeding of the "International Conference on Armed Forces & Conflict Resolution in a Globalized World" July 14 - 17, 2008, Seoul, Korea, Session 12, p. 87.]

Bio of Colonel Brian M. Rees, M.D., M.P.H., Medical Corps, US Army Reserve

Col. Brian Rees, M.D.COL Brian M. Rees, M.D., M.P.H. is a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College and the US Army War College. He has 31 years of commissioned military service. COL Rees is the former commander of the 349th Combat Support Hospital in Bell (Los Angeles), California. In 2004, Dr. Rees was called to active duty and deployed to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany. In 2005, he was deployed to Afghanistan where he served as the Brigade Surgeon for Task Force Guardian and as the Chief Medical Officer for the Bagram Theater Internment Facility (home of all the Taliban and Al-Qaeda detainees). In Winter/Spring 2006, he was deployed again as the head of outpatient medicine for the detainees at Abu Ghraib Prison, Iraq. In June 2007, COL Rees returned from another deployment as the Battalion Surgeon for the 310th Military Police Battalion at Camp Bucca, Iraq. COL Rees is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the American Legion. Dr. Rees is a board certified family physician who received his medical degree and masters degree in public health from Tulane University. He has taught the Transcendental Meditation technique and researched the deployment of technologies of consciousness for the reduction of violent conflict. COL Rees builds a case for using these human resource-based technologies to prevent terrorism and war is his book, Terrorism, Retaliation and Victory: Awaken the Soul of America to Defeat Terrorism Without Casualties. His other book, Heal Your Self, Heal Your World, is on the topic of Ayurvedic medicine. Dr. Rees was the subject of a feature article entitled "Army Doctor Proactive in Trying to Keep Patients and Society Healthy" published in the 05 April 2004 issue of Stars and Stripes. He co-authored the article "Homeland Security with Unified Field-Based Defense Technology" published by Defence India. COL Rees gave a presentation at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania about SSM "The Applications of Strategic Stress Management in Winning the Peace.". COL Rees gave a presentation about SSM at the Association of Military Surgeons of the U.S. (AMSUS) convention on 12 November 2007. See his coauthored 7 February 2009 editorial published by The Huffington Post on the topic of Invincible Defence Technology.


AUTHOR: Colonel Brian M. Rees

TITLE: The Application of Strategic Stress Management in Winning the Peace

FORMAT: DDE Research Paper

DATE: 2 May 2007  




Colonel Brian M. Rees, M.D., M.P.H., Medical Corps, US Army Reserve

Although the US is preeminent in maneuver warfare, success in current (and probable future) counterinsurgency operations is hampered by the infectious ideology of the enemy.  But the stress and frustration necessary to fuel the insurgency and Islamist terrorism are enemy critical vulnerabilities.

Strategic Stress Management (SSM), in the form of groups of persons practicing a meditative technique called the TM-Sidhi Program, can be applied to reduce hostilities in targeted populations.  The underlying hypothesis is that consciousness is a field, and that effects generated in the field of consciousness can affect the brain chemistry, the thinking and the subsequent behavior of potential belligerents who are not engaged in or even aware of the practice.  This hypothesis has been tested in over fifty studies that have documented reductions in combat deaths, crime, and terrorist acts related to the size of the groups practicing the intervention.

As a prospective Course of Action (COA), SSM is suitable and feasible, and readily distinguishable from virtually any other COA.  However, it is unorthodox, and its acceptability is uncertain.


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