Can Remote Viewing Help the U.S. Military and Intelligence Services?

By Steve Hammons
American Chronicle

The unusual human skill known as “remote viewing” could be an important asset for our armed forces and national intelligence resources.

Training in the application of remote viewing could be expanded to benefit our military personnel and intelligence agencies in ongoing tactical and strategic operations.

We can no longer afford to ignore this very powerful asset.


Remote viewing could just as easily be called “enhanced instincts and intuition” or maybe “unconventional internal perception.” Remote viewing is the ability to use and improve the “sixth sense” that most or all people reportedly have to some degree.

Remote viewing has reportedly been used successfully in many intelligence and reconnaissance efforts but its use has been limited.

The official remote viewing program was variously under the control of the CIA, Army Intelligence and Security Command, the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and the Air Force in the ‘70s, 80s and early 90s. Project STARGATE was only the last of a series of code names for an effort also known as SCANNATE, GONDOLAWISH, GRILLFLAME, CENTERLANE and SUNSTREAK.

Remote viewing is a skill that seems impossible, beyond belief. However, remote viewing experts say years of research and practical application of remote viewing in real-life operational settings have proven that it works and works well. That which is not known can become known.

Experts allege that successful application of these abilities in a wide range of endeavors, including intelligence and reconnaissance operations, has been proven beyond question. Significant scientific research has reportedly validated many aspects of remote viewing theory and practice.

A new book by retired Army major and former STARGATE officer Paul H. Smith on remote viewing will soon be available. “Reading the Enemy's Mind: Inside Star Gate - America's Psychic Espionage Program” contains inside information on remote viewing, it’s historical application in U.S. intelligence efforts and other aspects of the government’s projects on this subject.


Remote viewing has reportedly been taught to some people within Army Special Forces intelligence and the special operations community.

It might be very helpful if training in this skill was quickly expanded. Military and other intelligence training programs could add courses in remote viewing in a short amount of time. Experts in this field claim that people can develop these abilities with a moderate amount of training.

Many current remote viewing experts are former Army intelligence officers. They should be more fully utilized. Since 1995, when remote viewing was declassified for all practical purposes, some of the original Army intelligence officers and others who fine-tuned remote viewing at Fort Meade have set up their own companies to teach the skill.

Some of these are members of the original remote viewing unit at Fort Meade. Although personnel changed over the years as different officers and NCOs rotated in and out of the program, some of the project participants were:

- Paul H. Smith, Remote Viewing Instructional Services,

- Joe McMoneagle, Intuitive Intelligence Applications,

- Lyn Buchanan, Problems Solutions Innovations

- Dale Graff, Baycliff Psi Seminars,

- F. Holmes “Skip” Atwater,


Could an intelligence or security expert involved in U.S. homeland security remote view to perceive and understand a terrorist threat? Could a platoon leader remote view over the next hill to see an ambush? Could a U.S. interrogator “know” that the person in his custody has terrorist connections, or that he is innocent, or that he knows more?

Or, could those in the field use remote viewing operators sitting somewhere else? Could a convoy route map be sent to the remote viewer for a check for IEDs or ambushes? Could a map of a target area be examined by a remote viewer to locate an enemy base camp? There are unlimited potential applications that can save lives and help accomplish missions now, and the missions to come.

Maybe personnel with remote viewing training should be assigned organizationally in the way medics, communications specialists, intelligence specialists, supply officers or others are assigned.

Remote viewing training could be made available to a wide range of personnel and the skill could be spread as widely as there were open minds.


1971: Experiments in remote viewing at Stanford Research Institute (SRI). CIA conducts evaluations. CIA gives SRI $50K experimental contract.

1971-73: Various experiments conducted.

1974: Research article on remote viewing published in journal Nature.

1975: CIA terminates funding and involvement, officially-overtly. Air Force Foreign Technology Division becomes primary funding source.

1976-77: Research and operations continue.

1977: Army intelligence command forms RV unit at Fort Meade, code-named Project GONDOLAWISH, then changed to Project GRILLFLAME.

1978-79: Army intelligence selects RV candidates from within Army and civilians.

1980: Air Force RV involvement terminated, officially, overtly.

1980-82: Research and operations continue

1982: Project name changed to CENTERLANE.

1984: Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) takes temporary control of project.

1986: DIA takes formal control of project. Project name changed to SUNSTREAK.

1990: Project name changed to STARGATE.

1991: Operations involving Stanford Research Institute are transferred to Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), headquartered in San Diego.

1994: Project control is transferred from DIA to CIA.

1995: CIA officially, overtly cancels STARGATE.

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