The Joint Staff

Washington, DC

Subject: Letter of Support for Mr. Guy Savelli
  1. This is to state my experiences of Special Forces Company Commander with Mr. Guy Savelli's efforts to improve human performance and to urge the establishment of a program for research and exploitation of possible applications.
  2. I have known Mr. Savelli for 4 years, since we contracted for his services in Company C, 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, at Fort Davis Panama. His individual training course instilled fundamental improvements in mental and physical performance for most participants. While about 5 percent did not benefit significantly, the main group of students experienced measurable improvements of duty performance involving individual tactical movement and shooting skills. Most felt a heightened clarity of mental awareness and improvement in mental capability, although we did not test these assertions. A very few, perhaps 3 percent, experienced remarkable, profound improvements and became avid practitioners of certain of Mr. Savelli's techniques.
  3. While Guy Savelli's efforts could benefit from more academic and scientific rigor, he has done a remarkable much as one man could possibly accomplish with so few resources. He is pioneering in a field that is startling and new, ever vulnerable to ridicule from closed minds. It is a testament to Guy's personal moral courage that he has sought out to explore controversial possibilities with the US Army--among some of the most conservative minds in the world.
  4. Unfortunately, most in the US military are currently in the highly conservative mindset of the drawdown, in which no new action is undertaken without the greatest of caution. Under present conditions, average commanders (and probably most government lab officials) would be hesitant to explore this kind of controversial phenomena. In the present zero-defect environment, either success or failure in this kind of further complication is the fact that Mr. Savelli's effects are achieved mostly through the fundamental modification of human belief. Conventional scientific inquiry, which is by nature deeply skeptical, might suppress subtle effects through the very acts of measurement and quantification. Earlier research in this field is scanty and conflicting, and frequently inconclusive.
  5. The difficulties with this kind of undertaking are surmountable through the careful design of the plan of action. One thing is certain, though: Mr. Savelli will need open-minded management and technical assistance if his discoveries are to survive.
  6. Failure to fully explore the possibilities here are shortsighted. If I had the authority, I would institute and resource a program to study, organize, develop, and exploit Mr. Savelli's initiatives. Despite the risk, the benefits which could be realized by mankind from an effective new human performance enhancement discipline could be huge. In addition to the military, education, health, commerce, and industry stand to benefit.
Lucius A. Taylor IV
Lieutenant Colonel, US Army
Operations Officer

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