The Prevention Force will have to be carefully recruited by trained and experienced personnel to ensure selection of soldiers suitable for the role. This has already been done in Mozambique. When the civil war there ended in 1992, 16 000 personnel were trained in IDT and that mission was carried out. With the South African population of 45 million, the required size of the Prevention Force will total about 670 men and women. The IDT element will probably be kept at about that level, and the logistical support for the unit can be handled by the same members who do the meditation exercises. Even if more personnel are required, the unit size will still be about that of an average infantry battalion.
ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF ESTABLISHING THE PREVENTION FORCE
The disadvantages of establishing the Prevention Force are dwarfed by the potential advantages. The major challenge to the creation of such a force is that many people in the SANDF will first have to be persuaded of its capabilities before funds can be allocated. As I mentioned earlier, the challenge can be reduced by having a university run scientific trials first. The second means of overcoming resistance is by establishing such a unit in our existing framework as a trial run before establishing a stand-alone unit as the Prevention Force. In this way we will have a reference that it actually works.
The advantages are numerous. Except for the self-evident advantage of preventing the rise of enemies and lowering crime rates in the country, such a force will also safeguard against possible enemy attacks from outside, especially considering SANDF manpower shortages. It would also be a good idea to have such a force available by the time the 2010 Soccer World Cup takes place to prevent unfortunate incidents. Handled correctly, this may become a public relations victory, as IDT is now quite well-known throughout the world. The Prevention Force could also lower defence costs since with the presence of such a unit we will not need to increase the size of our forces, thus reducing costs of salaries, equipment, uniforms, weapons and ammunition. Money will also be saved by lowering anti-social tendencies, thus reducing costs in replacing stolen and damaged equipment in both the SANDF and the civil sector, and reducing the costs of investigating expensive cases.
The earlier discussed advantages of practicing TM will obviously benefit all the participating soldiers, and the successful unit will diffuse knowledge and awareness of IDT and the benefits of meditation. This will eventually lead to a calmer and healthier society.
IDT Group Size and Quality of Life in Israel
Quality of life in Israel improved and intensity of the conflict in Lebanon decreased in direct proportion to the number of Invincible Defense Technology experts in the coherence-creating group (Journal of Conflict Resolution, 1988, vol. 32, #4, pp. 776-812). A short online video (5:38) featuring Dr. John Hagelin explains this finding.
ENDORSEMENTS FOR INVINCIBLE DEFENCE TECHNOLOGY
It is important to take note of the following endorsements in regard to the validity of this technology:
"The claim can be plausibly made that the potential impact of this research exceeds that of any other ongoing social or psychological research program. The research has survived a broader array of statistical tests than most research in the field of conflict resolution. I think this work, and the theory that informs it, deserve the most serious consideration by academics and policy makers alike."
--David Edwards, Ph.D., Professor of Government
at the University of Texas at Austin
"In the studies that I have examined on the impact of the Maharishi Effect [the Invincible Defense Technology] on conflict, I can find no methodological flaws, and the findings have been consistent across a large number of replications in many different geographical and conflictual situations. As unlikely as the premise may sound, I think we have to take these studies seriously."
--Ted Robert Gurr, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of Government
and Politics at the University of Maryland
"The hypothesis definitely raised some eyebrows among our reviewers. But the statistical work is sound. The numbers are there. When you can statistically control for as many variables as these studies do, it makes the results much more convincing. This evidence indicates that we now have a new technology to generate peace in the world."
--Raymond Russ, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at the
University of Maine; editor, Journal of Mind and Behavior
"I have been following the research on the Maharishi Effect [the Invincible Defense Technology] as it has developed over the last twenty years. There is now a strong and coherent body of evidence showing that [this approach] provides a simple and cost-effective solution to many of the social problems we face today. This research and its conclusions are so strong, that it demands action from those responsible for government policy."