Remote Viewing Timeline

  1. Sep 1971 Ingo Swann begins PK research with Cleve Backster
  2. Nov 1971 Swann participates in PK experiments in Gertrude Schmeidler’s lab; also participates in OBE experiments.
  3. 8 Dec 1971 First remote viewing experiment (describing weather in Tucson, AZ from ASPR offices in NYC). Term “Remote Viewing” is adopted.
  4. 22 Feb 1972 First beacon experiments (also conducted at ASPR)
  5. Mar 1972 Cleve Backster shows Swann a letter from Dr. Hal Puthoff at Stanford Research Institute. Swann and Puthoff communicate.
  6. 6 Jun 1972 Swann/Puthoff magnetometer / quark-detector equipment experiment in physics building at Stanford University.
  7. 27 Jun 1972 Puthoff communicates with Kit Green, Central Intelligence Agency, concerning the magnetometer experiment results.
  8. Aug 1972 Under Puthoff’s supervision, CIA representatives conduct first evaluation trials with Swann. Russell Targ visits Puthoff at SRI.
  9. 1 Oct 1972 CIA awards SRI $50K exploratory contract.
  10. Sep 1972 Russell Targ joins the RV program at SRI.
  11. Summer 1973 Pat Price and Ingo Swann remote view NSA’s Sugar Grove facility in West Virginia.
  12. Jul 1974 Pat Price’s operational remote viewing of a facility near Semipalatinsk in USSR conducted.
  13. 18 Oct 1974 Russell Targ and Hall Puthoff publish article on remote viewing research in Nature.
  14. Jul 1975 CIA terminates involvement in and funding of remote viewing.
  15. Late 1975 Air Force Foreign Technology Division becomes the primary funder of SRI research program, with Dale Graff supervising.
  16. Mar 1976 Puthoff and Targ publish a major article about remote viewing in Proceedings of IEEE.
  17. 1976 Dr. Edwin May joins RV program at SRI International.
  18. 1977 The book Mind Reach (Targ and Puthoff) is published.
  19. Jun 1977 Founding of Mobius Group; Project Deepquest – a submarine RV experiment is jointly conducted by SRI International / Stephan Schwartz.
  20. Sep 1977 US Army’s remote viewing program GONDOLA WISH is established by Lt. F. Holmes “Skip” Atwater at the direction of the Army Assistant Chief of Staff Intelligence, Maj. Gen. Edmund Thompson.
  21. 13 Jul 1978 GONDOLA WISH name is changed to GRILL FLAME.
  22. Oct 1978 US Army’s INSCOM is tasked by the ACSI  with developing a parapsychology program.
  23. Dec 78 – Jan 79 Selection of remote viewers for GRILL FLAME. Mel Riley, Joe McMoneagle, Ken Bell, and three others are included.
  24. 4 Sep 1979 First Army-conducted operational remote viewing session performed.
  25. Mar 1979 Remote viewers working with Dale Graff at Wright-Patterson AFB and at SRI correctly locate downed Soviet TU-22 reconnaissance aircraft.
  26. 1979-81 Stephan Schwartz conducts Alexandria Project, a remote viewing archaeology project in Egypt. His book Alexandria Project is subsequently published.
  27. ca. 1980 Air Force Chief of Staff cancels AF RV program; Dale Graff joins Defense Intelligence Agency as principal staff officer for remote viewing effort.
  28. 1981-82 Puthoff and Swann develop coordinate remote viewing (CRV) architecture.
  29. 1982 Russell Targ leaves SRI International’s RV program. Mel Riley departs Ft. Meade’s operational RV unit.
  30. 1982 With Swann as instructor, two individuals (Tom McNear and Rob Cowart) begin first CRV training.
  31. Dec 1982 US Army’s RV project’s name is changed to CENTER LANE.
  32. 1983 Charlene Cavanaugh joins military RV unit in Aug; Paul H. Smith joins in Sep.
  33. Jan 1984 Bill Ray joins military RV unit; second group of CRV candidates begins training (group includes Smith, Ray, Charlene Chavanaugh; Ed Dames is last minute addition to training contract while remaining assigned to his sponsoring unit).
  34. 1984 The book Mind Race (Targ & Keith Harary) is published.
  35. Apr 1984 Lyn Buchanan joins the Ft. Meade RV unit.
  36. Sep 1984 Joe McMoneagle retires from the Ft. Meade RV unit.
  37. Jul 1984 Brig. Gen Harry Soyster replaces Maj. Gen. Bert Stubblebine as Commander, INSCOM. Orders close of Army’s CENTER LANE RV program. Soyster eventually persuaded to allow transfer of program and personnel to the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).
  38. 1985 Dr. Hal Puthoff leaves SRI International to take directorship of Institute of Advanced Studies in Austin, TX. Dr. Edwin May becomes director of SRI’s program.
  39. 1985-86 Caravel Project, an underwater archaeology project conducted by Stephan Schwartz.
  40. 31 Jan 1986 After a year of holding operational control, DIA takes formal control of the military operational RV program, and renames it SUN STREAK. Ed Dames joins RV unit.
  41. 1986 Mel Riley is once more assigned to the Ft. Meade RV unit.
  42. 1987 Brig Leander Project, an underwater archaeology project conducted by Stephan Schwartz.
  43. Dec 1987 F. Holmes “Skip” Atwater departs the Ft. Meade RV unit on retirement leave.
  44. Jun 1988 David Morehouse is assigned to the Ft. Meade RV unit.
  45. Dec 1988 Ed Dames departs the Ft. Meade RV unit.
  46. Jun 1990 David Morehouse departs, and Mel Riley retires from the Ft. Meade RV unit.
  47. Aug 1990 Paul Smith is reassigned from the Ft. Meade RV unit to the 101st Airborne Division for Desert Shield / Desert Storm.
  48. Late 1990 Dale Graff becomes chief of the Ft. Meade RV unit, and changes project name to STAR GATE.
  49. 1991 Edwin May moves RV research program from SRI International to Science Applications International Corporation.
  50. Jan 1992 Lyn Buchanan retires from the Ft. Meade RV unit.
  51. 1993 The book Mind Trek (McMoneagle) is published.
  52. Jun 1993 Dale Graff retires.
  53. 1994 Wording added to Federal Y95 budget transferring control of STAR GATE from DIA to CIA.
  54. 1995 CIA begins Congressionally directed evaluation of RV as an intelligence tool. American Institutes of Research is hired to do a “scientific” study; in the report officially published in Sep the AIR concludes that RV has no value as an intelligence tool. Significant questions are raised about the completeness and accuracy of the AIR study.
  55. 30 Jun 1995 CIA cancels STAR GATE program. The five remaining personnel are reassigned to other jobs in the government.
  56. 27 Aug 1995 Jim Schnabel/Channel Four TV’s The Real X-Files: America’s Psychic Spies appears as a prime time special in the UK. Interviewed are Gen. Ed Thompson, Hal Puthoff, John Alexander, Mel Riley, Lyn Buchanan, Ed Dames, former CIA director Stansfield Turner.
  57. 28 Nov 1995 Ted Koppel’s Nightline discusses existence of government remote viewing effort. Interviewed are former CIA director Robert Gates, Dale Graff, Edwin May, Joe McMoneagle, etc.
  58. 1996 Remote Viewing is featured in many media articles and broadcasts, and becomes a featured item on Art Bell’s and other talk shows.
  59. Nov 1996 The book Psychic Warrior (David Morehouse) is published.
  60. Feb 1997 The book Remote Viewers: The Secret History of America’s Psychic Spies (Jim Schnabel) is published.
  61. 18 Mar 1999 The International Remote Viewing Association is formed.
  62. 19-20 Mar 1999 First remote viewing conference: CRV Conference hosted by Lyn Buchanan’s training company, P>S>I.
    Featured speakers: Russell Targ, John Alexander.
  63. 19-20 May 2000 Year 2000 Remote Viewing Conference in Mesquite, NV.
    Featured speakers: Charles T. Tart, Jessica Utts, Larry Dossey, Marcello Truzzi.
  64. Jun 2001 First IRVA sponsored remote viewing conference. Held at Texas, Station Las Vegas, NV.
    Featured speakers: Edgar Mitchell, Dean Radin, Jeffrey Mishlove.
  65. Jun 2002 IRVA remote viewing conference in Austin, TX, celebrating 30 years of remote viewing.
    Featured speakers: Ingo Swann, Hal Puthoff, Dale Graff, Cleve Backster.
  66. Oct 2003 Joint sponsorship of remote viewing conference with the A.R.E. in Virginia Beach, VA.
    Featured speakers: Charles Cayce, James Spottiswoode, Hal Puthoff, and Dale Graff.
  67. Jun 2004 IRVA remote viewing conference in Las Vegas, NV.
    Featured speakers: Ingo Swann, Melvin Morse, and Daryl Bem.
  68. Jun 2006 IRVA remote viewing conference in Las Vegas, NV.
    Featured speakers: Ingo Swann, William Tiller, and Dean Radin.
  69. Oct 2007 IRVA remote viewing conference in Las Vegas, NV.
    Featured speakers: Jacques Vallee, Jessica Utts, and George McMullen.
  70. Jun 2009 IRVA remote viewing conference in Las Vegas, NV.
    Featured speakers: Roger Nelson, John Alexander, Skip Atwater, and Dale Graff.
  71. Jun 2010 IRVA remote viewing conference in Las Vegas, NV.
    Featured speakers: Jim Channon, Donald Hoffman, and Brenda Dunne.
  72. Jun 2011 IRVA remote viewing conference in Las Vegas, NV.
    Keynote speaker: Stephen E. Braude, Ph.D.
  73. Jun 2011 First René Warcollier Prize Awarded to
    Lance William Beem, principal investigator, and co-investigators, Debra Katz, Melvin Morse, MD, and John Peter Thompson.