The longest serving controlled remote viewing (CRV)* teacher active today, Paul H. Smith began his career as a remote viewing instructor in 1984. He served for seven years in the government’s Star Gate remote viewing program at Ft. Meade, MD (from September 1983 to August 1990). Starting in 1984, he became one of only five Star Gate personnel to be personally trained as remote viewers by the legendary founders of remote viewing, Ingo Swann and Dr. Harold E. Puthoff at SRI-International. Paul was the primary author of the government RV program’s CRV training manual, and served as theory instructor for new CRV trainee personnel, as well as source recruiting officer, unit security officer, and unit historian. He went on to teach controlled remote viewing to such well-known remote viewing personalities as Lyn Buchanan, Mel Riley and David Morehouse.  Paul is credited with over a thousand training and operational remote viewing sessions during his time with Star Gate.

Paul H. Smith - Then and Now

Raised in Boulder City, Nevada, he enlisted in the Army in 1976 for Arabic training, attended Officer Candidate School, and was commissioned as a Military Intelligence officer. Besides his tour at Ft. Meade, his military assignments included Arabic linguist, electronic warfare operator, strategic intelligence officer for a special operations unit, Mid-East desk officer, tactical intelligence officer with the 101st Airborne Division during Desert Storm/Shield, strategic intelligence officer in the Collection Directorate of the Defense Intelligence Agency, and chief of the intelligence and security division for the Military District of Washington, from which he retired in 1996.

Paul has a BA from Brigham Young University in Mid-East Affairs, Art, and English; an MS from the National Intelligence University (Mid-East Concentration); and a Ph.D in philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in consciousness, the philosophy of science, and philosophy of mind.

He or his work as a remote viewer have been featured on television programs such as CBS Sunday Morning, the Arts & Entertainment Network’s “The Lowe Files” and “The Unexplained,” several History Channel programs, SyFy’s “Joe Rogan Questions Everything,” “Strange Universe,” “Inside Edition,” and two documentaries on remote viewing produced for German television. On numerous occasions he has been a guest on “Coast to Coast AM” with both George Noory and Art Bell, and has been interviewed by Whitley Streiber, Bill Birnes, Bob & Zohe Heironimous, Jeff Rense, Alex Tsarkis, Kevin Smith, Rob McConnell, and many others. Paul is also featured in the bonus material on the DVD release of the film “Suspect Zero,” starring Ben Kingsley, Aaron Eckhart, and Carrie-Anne Moss.

Paul’s book, Reading the Enemy’s Mind: Inside Star Gate — America’s Psychic Espionage Program (Tor/Forge 2005/2006) was chosen as the Book Bonus Feature and Editor’s Choice for the March 2006 issue of Readers Digest. He is also author of “The Essential Guide to Remote Viewing: The Secret Military Remote Perception Skill Anyone Can Learn,” and co-producer of the widely-praised LearnDowsing DVD training set and the “Remote Perception: Basic Operational Training” home-study course.

Besides serving as President of Remote Viewing Instructional Services, Inc., a company offering remote viewing training courses to individuals and small groups, he also works as a remote viewer and RV consultant, is a founding director and past president of the non-profit International Remote Viewing Association, a life member of the American Society of Dowsers, and a professional member of both the Parapsychological Association (PA) and the Society for Scientific Exploration. He is currently serving as a member of the board of directors of both the PA and the Rhine Research Center, and is an associate editor for the Journal of Scientific Exploration. Contact Paul and RVIS, Inc.

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*Controlled remote viewing is the primary form of remote viewing in use today.