A Brief Timeline of Remote Viewing and IRVA

1921

Mind to Mind

René Warcollier publishes his book La Telepathie describing telepathic principles of remote communication of emotions, images, and sensations.

1930
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Mental Radio

Upton Sinclair publishes his book Mental Radio describing experimental telepathic communication of images, launching the field of Parapsychology.
1971
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Gertrude Schmeidler’s Experiments

Swann participates in psychokinesis experiments in Gertrude Schmeidler's lab; also participates in OBE experiments.

1971
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ASPR “Remote Viewing” Experiments

First remote viewing experiment (describing weather in Tucson, AZ from ASPR offices in NYC). Term "Remote Viewing" is adopted.

1972
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ASPR “Beacon” Experiments

First beacon experiments (also conducted at ASPR)
1972

Swann and Puthoff Introduced

Cleve Backster shows Swann a letter from Hal Puthoff, Ph.D. at Stanford Research Institute. Swann and Puthoff communicate.

1972
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Magnetometer Experiment at SRI

Swann/Puthoff magnetometer / quark-detector equipment experiment in physics building at Stanford University.
1972

CIA Reviews SRI Experiment

Puthoff communicates with Kit Green, Central Intelligence Agency, concerning the magnetometer experiment results.

1972
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CIA Conducts Trials

Under Puthoff's supervision, CIA representatives conduct first evaluation trials with Swann. Russell Targ visits Puthoff at SRI.
1972
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Russell Targ joins SRI

Russell Targ joins the remote viewing program at SRI.

1972
CIA Stargate Remote Viewing Program

CIA Research Contract

CIA awards SRI $50K exploratory contract.
1973
Pat Price and Hal Puthoff

Price & Swann View NSA

Pat Price and Ingo Swann remote view NSA's Sugar Grove facility in West Virginia.
1974
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Price Views Semipalatinsk

Pat Price's operational remote viewing of a facility near Semipalatinsk in USSR conducted.
1974
Targ Puthoff at SRI

Targ & Puthoff Publish in Nature

Russell Targ and Hall Puthoff publish article on remote viewing research in Nature.
1975
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Air Force Funds SRI Program

Air Force Foreign Technology Division becomes the primary funder of SRI research program, with Dale Graff supervising.
1975
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CIA Terminates Funding

CIA terminates involvement in and funding of remote viewing.
1976
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Edwin May Joins SRI Program

Dr. Edwin May joins RV program at SRI International.
1976
Targ Puthoff at SRI

Targ & Puthoff Publish in IEEE

Puthoff and Targ publish a major article about remote viewing in Proceedings of IEEE.

1977
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Mind Reach

SRI remote viewing researchers, Targ and Puthoff, publish their book Mind Reach.

1977
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Project Deepquest

Founding of Mobius Group; Project Deepquest - a submarine RV experiment is jointly conducted by SRI International / Stephan Schwartz.

1977
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Gondola Wish

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.

1978
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Grill Flame Viewers

Selection of remote viewers for GRILL FLAME. Mel Riley, Joe McMoneagle, Ken Bell, and three others are included.

1978
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Grill Flame

GONDOLA WISH name is changed to GRILL FLAME.
1978
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INSCOM Parapsychology Program

US Army's INSCOM is tasked by the ACSI with developing a parapsychology program.
1979
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Alexandria Project

Stephan Schwartz conducts Alexandria Project, a remote viewing archaeology project in Egypt. His book Alexandria Project is subsequently published.

1979
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Missing Soviet TU-22 Located

Remote viewers working with Dale Graff at Wright-Patterson AFB and at SRI correctly locate downed Soviet TU-22 reconnaissance aircraft.

1979
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US Army Goes Operational

First Army-conducted operational remote viewing session performed.
1980
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DIA Remote Viewing Program

Air Force Chief of Staff cancels AF RV program; Dale Graff joins Defense Intelligence Agency as principal staff officer for remote viewing effort.

1982
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Targ Leaves SRI

Russell Targ leaves SRI International's RV program.

1982
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Riley Leaves Ft. Meade

Mel Riley departs Ft. Meade's operational RV unit.

1982
Tom McNear

CRV Training

With Swann as instructor, two individuals (Tom McNear and Rob Cowart) begin first CRV training.

1982
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Center Lane

US Army's RV project's name is changed to CENTER LANE.
1983

Charlene Cavanaugh

Charlene Cavanaugh joins the Ft. Meade RV unit in August,
1983
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Paul H. Smith

Paul H. Smith joins joins the Ft. Meade RV unit. unit in September.

1984
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Second Round CRV Training

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).

1984
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Mind Race

The book Mind Race (Targ & Keith Harary) is published.

1984
Lyn Buchanan

Lyn Buchanan

Lyn Buchanan joins the Ft. Meade RV unit.

1984
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Joe McMoneagle

Joe McMoneagle retires from the Ft. Meade RV unit.

1985
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Edwin May

Edwin May, Ph.D. becomes director of SRI's program.
1985
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Caravel Project

Caravel Project, an underwater archaeology project conducted by Stephan Schwartz.

1986
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Mel Riley

Mel Riley is once more assigned to the Ft. Meade RV unit.

1986
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Sun Streak

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.

1987
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Brig Leander Project

Brig Leander Project, an underwater archaeology project conducted by Stephan Schwartz.

1988
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David Morehouse

David Morehouse is assigned to the Ft. Meade RV unit.

1988

Ed Dames

Ed Dames departs the Ft. Meade RV unit.

1990

Star Gate

Dale Graff becomes chief of the Ft. Meade RV unit, and changes project name to STAR GATE.

1990
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SAIC

Edwin May moves RV research program from SRI International to Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).
1993
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Mind Trek

Ft. Meade military viewer, Joe McMoneagle's book Mind Trek is published.

1993

Dale Graff

Dale Graff retires from the Ft. Meade RV unit.

1994
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Star Gate moves to CIA

Wording added to Federal Y95 budget transferring control of STAR GATE from DIA to CIA.
1995
CIA Stargate Remote Viewing Program

AIR Report

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.
1995
CIA Stargate Remote Viewing Program

Star Gate Cancelled

CIA cancels STAR GATE program. The five remaining personnel are reassigned to other jobs in the government.
1995
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Nightline

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.

1996
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Art Bell

Remote Viewing is featured in many media articles and broadcasts, and becomes a featured item on Art Bell's and other talk shows.
1996
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Psychic Warrior

Ft. Meade military remote viewer, David Morehouse's book Psychic Warrior is published.

1999

Russell Targ

Russell Targ becomes first President of IRVA

2015

Paul H. Smith, Ph.D.

Paul H. Smith, Ph.D. elected President of IRVA for a second term.

2016
John Cook

John Cook

John Cook elected President of IRVA.