|Sept 1971||Ingo Swann begins PK research with Cleve Backster
|Nov 1971||Swann participates in PK experiments in Gertrude
Schmeidler's lab; also participates in OBE experiments.
|8 Dec 1971
||First remote viewing experiment (describing weather
in Tucson, AZ from ASPR offices in NYC). Term "Remote Viewing" is adopted.
|22 Feb 1972
||First beacon experiments (also conducted at ASPR)
||Cleve Backster shows Swann a letter from Dr. Hal
Puthoff at Stanford Research Institute. Swann and Puthoff communicate.
|6 June 1972
||Swann/Puthoff magnetometer / quark-detector equipment
experiment in physics building at Stanford University.
|27 June 1972
||Puthoff communicates with Kit Green, Central Intelligence
Agency, concerning the magnetometer experiment results.
||Under Puthoff's supervision, CIA representatives
conduct first evaluation trials with Swann. Russell Targ visits Puthoff at
|1 Oct 1972
||CIA awards SRI $50K exploratory contract.
||Russell Targ joins the RV program at SRI.
||Pat Price and Ingo Swann remote view NSA's Sugar
Grove facility in West Virginia.
||Pat Price's operational remote viewing of a facility
near Semipalatinsk in USSR conducted.
|18 Oct 1974
||Russell Targ and Hall Puthoff publish article on
remote viewing research in Nature.
||CIA terminates involvement in and funding of remote
|Later in 1975
||Air Force Foreign Technology Division becomes the
primary funder of SRI research program, with Dale Graff supervising.
||Puthoff & Targ publish a major article about
remote viewing in Proceedings of IEEE.
||Dr. Edwin May joins RV program at SRI International.
||The book Mind Reach (Targ & Puthoff) is
||Founding of Mobius Group; Project Deepquest - a submarine
RV experiment is jointly conducted by SRI International / Stephan Schwartz.
||US Army's remote viewing program GONDOLA WISH is
extablished by Lt. F. Holmes "Skip" Atwater at the direction of the Army Assistant Chief of Staff Intelligence,
Maj. Gen. Edmund Thompson.
|13 July 1978
||GONDOLA WISH name is changed to GRILL FLAME.
||US Army's INSCOM is tasked by the ACSI with
developing a parapsychology program.
|Dec 78 - Jan 79
||Selection of remote viewers for GRILL FLAME. Mel Riley, Joe McMoneagle, Ken Bell, and three others are included.
|4 Sept 1979
||First Army-conducted operational remote viewing session performed.
||Remote viewers working with Dale Graff at Wright-Patterson AFB and at SRI correctly locate downed Soviet TU-22 recce aircraft.
||Stephan Schwartz conducts Alexandria Project, a remote viewing archaeology project in Egypt. His book Alexandria Project is subsequently published.
||Air Force Chief of Staff cancels AF RV program; Dale Graff joins Defense Intelligence Agency as principal staff officer for remote viewing effort.
||Puthoff and Swann develop coordinate remote viewing (CRV) architecture.
||Russell Targ leaves SRI International's RV program.
Mel Riley departs Ft. Meade's operational RV unit.
||With Swann as instructor, two individuals (Tom McNear and Rob Cowart) begin first CRV training.
||US Army's RV project's name is changed to CENTER LANE.
||Charlene Cavanaugh joins military RV unit in August; Paul H. Smith joins in September.
||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).
||The book Mind Race (Targ & Keith Harary) is published.
||Lyn Buchanan joins the Ft. Meade RV unit.
||Joe McMoneagle retires from the Ft. Meade RV unit.
||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 & personnel to the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).
||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.
||Caravel Project, an underwater archaeology project
conducted by Stephan Schwartz.
|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.
||Mel Riley is once more assigned to the Ft. Meade RV unit.
||Brig Leander Project, an underwater archaeology project conducted by Stephan Schwartz.
||F. Holmes "Skip" Atwater departs the Ft. Meade RV unit on retirement leave.
||David Morehouse is assigned to the Ft. Meade RV unit.
||Ed Dames departs the Ft. Meade RV unit.
||David Morehouse departs, and Mel Riley retires from the Ft. Meade RV unit.
||Paul Smith is reassigned from the Ft. Meade RV unit to the 101st Airborne Division for Desert Shield / Desert Storm.
||Dale Graff becomes chief of the Ft. Meade RV unit, and changes project name to STAR GATE.
||Edwin May moves RV research program from SRI International
to Science Applications International Corporation.
||Lyn Buchanan retires from the Ft. Meade RV unit.
||The book Mind Trek (McMoneagle) is published.
||Dale Graff retires.
||Wording added to Federal Y95 budget transferring control of STAR GATE from DIA to CIA.
||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 September 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.
|30 June 1995
||CIA cancels STAR GATE program. The five remaining personnel are reassigned to other jobs in the government.
|28 Nov 1995
||Ted Koppel's Nightline reveals existence of government remote viewing effort. Interviewed are former CIA director Robert Gates, Dale Graff, Edwin May, Joe McMoneagle, etc.
||Remote Viewing is featured in many media articles
and broadcasts, and becomes a featured item on Art Bell's and other talk
||The book Psychic Warrior (Morehouse)
||The book Remote Viewers: The Secret History of
America's Psychic Spies (Schnabel) is published.
|18 March 1999
||The International Remote Viewing Association is formed.
|19-20 March 1999
||First remote viewing conference: CRV Conference hosted by Lyn Buchanan's training company, P>S>I.|
Featured speakers: Russell Targ, John Alexander..
|19-20 May 2000
||Year 2000 Remote Viewing Conference in Mesquite, NV.|
Featured speakers: Charles T. Tart, Jessica Utts, Larry Dossey, Marcello Truzzi..
||First IRVA sponsored remote viewing conference. Held at Texas, Station Las Vegas, NV.|
Featured speakers: Edgar Mitchell, Dean Radin, Jeffrey Mishlove.
||IRVA remote viewing conference in Austin, TX, celebrating 30 years of remote viewing.|
Featured speakers: Ingo Swann, Hal Puthoff, Dale Graff, Cleve Backster.
||Joint sponsorship of remote viewing conference with the A.R.E. Held at Virginia Beach, Virginia.|
Featured speakers: Charles Cayce, James Spottiswoode, Hal Puthoff, and Dale Graff.
||IRVA remote viewing conference in Las Vegas, NV.|
Featured speakers: Ingo Swann, Melvin Morse, and Daryl Bem
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