An approach to national defense is needed that does not resort to destructive violence. Such an approach exists in the Maharishi Effect. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of the Transcendental Meditation technique, has discovered this technique for creating peace on the level of consciousness.
The Institute of Science, Technology, and Public Policy has a web site on Preventing Terrorism that offers a comprehensive approach using this technology. More detail can be found at Maharishi University of Management's web site on world peace , in a paper on research on the Maharishi Effect , and at Dr. David R. Leffler's helpful page of links on Invincible Defense Technology .
These principles are new to most people, and many may find them difficult to understand or even believe. However, rigorous scientific research has shown the Maharishi Effect to be effective in reducing violence, hostile actions, intensity of war, and war fatalities in regions of military conflict. (Likewise, I find quantum mechanics difficult to believe, but I accept the research showing it to be true, and I enjoy the benefits that derive from using this knowledge.) David Edwards Ph.D., Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin says "I think the claim can be plausibly made that the potential impact of this research exceeds that of any other ongoing social or psychological research program. It has survived a broader array of statistical tests than most research in the field of conflict resolution. This work and the theory that informs it deserve the most serious consideration by academics and policy makers alike."
The Invincible Defense site give further details on this program and how it can be implemented. It requires a group of 1700 Yogic Fliers for the United States. Such a "prevention wing" of the military would provide a very cost-effective contribution to peace. Our national leaders should implement such a program as an adjunct to our other military preparedness.