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Navy SEAL officer's report on 'remote viewing' urges 'transcendent' intelligence
by Steve Hammons

Posted: 12:30 December 28, 2006

Navy SEAL officer's report on 'remote viewing' urges 'transcendent' intelligence

The mission of the Marine Corps War College is to educate selected senior officers and civilians for decision-making across the range of military operations in a joint, interagency, and multinational environment.
As part of his studies at the Marine Corps War College, in 2001 a Navy SEAL officer submitted a paper on the interesting phenomena often called "remote viewing," a form of extrasensory perception (ESP).

The paper was titled, "Unconventional Human Intelligence Support: Transcendent and Asymmetric Warfare Implications of Remote Viewing" and was submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Marine Corps War College, Marine Corps University, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Quantico, Virginia.

In the paper, L.R. Bremseth, then a Navy commander, provided an overview of the history of some of the known research, development and operations involving remote viewing by elements of the U.S. Government from 1972 until 1995.

The report includes information familiar to those who have read about remote viewing: The U.S. interest as a response to Soviet research in this area, preliminary and subsequent successes by U.S. remote viewers and funding by the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, the CIA and the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).

Bremseth also identified interesting concepts about the ramifications of discoveries in remote viewing. He used the term "transcendent warfare" to describe a new kind of human endeavor. Bremseth seems to try to explain this concept, while both giving hints about his understanding and maintaining discretion and security.

His report also seems to indicate that discoveries in this area can go well beyond applications for national intelligence, defense and warfare.


He wrote, "The real challenge for the United States is not asymmetric warfare, but rather what this writer calls transcendent warfare, the ability to conceptualize and subsequently actualize an entirely new form of warfare that transcends all previously known models."

"Granted, transcendent warfare reflects Zen-like qualities that elude definition thereby making the above challenge more difficult. Non-linear/multidimensional and abstract/metaphysical are tentative terms that convey this concept, however, ascribing to a pat definition may in fact signal inability to comprehend the concept altogether," Bremseth wrote.

He continued, "Is remote viewing a form of transcendent warfare? Quite possibly, since the observed performances and results garnered from the remote viewing program challenged existing reality parameters and established scientific principles."

Bremseth makes important recommendations in the paper and introduces these recommendations by saying, "… transcendent and asymmetric warfare necessitate and exemplify proactive approaches that envision these efforts as opportunities … for the exploration and advancement of human and/or institutional potential. Such a readjustment in thinking will require dynamic, visionary leadership …"

He offers specifics as well, including:

- "Establish a new, broad-based paranormal research program within a highly selective, military or intra-agency organization, employing the strictest screening procedures used by SRI [Stanford Research Institute], CIA, DIA and INSCOM [Army Intelligence and Security Command] in selecting/identifying remote viewing candidates and support personnel."

- "Model the new program from the best features of the remote viewing program, but do not limit research to remote viewing alone."

- "Explore a myriad of phenomena having potential military applications with the goal of developing transcendent and asymmetrical warfare approaches."

- "Follow established scientific protocols in the manner refined by SRI while promoting open-minded, creative approaches to paranormal phenomena research and its direct application to military/interagency planning and operations."


In his review of the origins of what became known as remote viewing, Bremseth traces the initial CIA interest, funding, subsequent research findings, operational successes, tasking and the transition of the program through various project code names and sponsorship by military services and intelligence organizations.

He examines the official closure of Project STARGATE by the CIA, even though the successes of the program were well known and well documented.

Bremseth asks what many others have also considered: Was the once-secret official program overtly shut down so that ongoing covert research and operations could continue?

He examines the question directly. "One can legitimately ask … why the CIA, after ending 'official' supporting 1975 continued tasking the program for intelligence support until 1995, when it then orchestrated the program's demise? If the CIA considered the remote viewing program incapable of producing substantive results, why did it continue requesting remote viewing intelligence support for almost twenty-four years?"

Bremseth asks, "Did the CIA terminate the remote viewing program because it feared ridicule by association, or did it stage a 'public execution' as a means of taking the program underground? Both are legitimate questions. The first is understandable given perception of paranormal activities by many within American society, as well as the CIA's past experiences involving controversial research efforts."

"Arguably, the second question is more intriguing as it implies that the CIA recognized the value of remote viewing, yet intended to make it appear otherwise."

Maybe intelligence services and Bremseth were on the same page after all. Maybe research and operational projects continued that included movement in positive directions with regard to remote viewing and other forms of "anomalous cognition" as he recommended in his paper.

And, of course, as information about remote viewing became public knowledge over the years, many people around the world became interested in this phenomena, read about it, attended training programs and applied it in their own lives.


Some of the main purposes of Bremseth's paper seem to be the objective examination of the concept of remote viewing, explaining its history in U.S. intelligence efforts to a wider range of personnel and, importantly, taking the concept to the next level of what he calls transcendent warfare.

Because Bremseth was a Navy officer and a SEAL, and the paper was written within the context of advanced military education institutions, the report is oriented toward military challenges and opportunities.

However, we can easily take his research and apply it to a wider and deeper set of circumstances and realities facing our nation and the world as a whole.

In addition, where Bremseth addresses specific government efforts, it may also be helpful to consider the impact of remote viewing understanding for the grass roots of society - for all Americans and for the human race in general.

Bremseth addresses warfare, both conventional and asymmetric, in his paper and then urges transcendent approaches. Average people can take these concepts of transcendent methods and apply them to a wider range of other endeavors.

In fact, we might consider that variations on Bremseth's term transcendent warfare could be "transcendent operations" or "transcendent solutions." These terms provide a broader scope of use for remote viewing and other kinds of anomalous cognition.

Disease, poverty, hunger, injustice, crime, drug abuse, slavery, child abuse, political corruption, pollution of natural resources, emerging climate change and similar serious problems that currently challenge us may also be useful targets for transcendent operations and transcendent solutions.

For people interested in these problems and possible solutions, as well as the national defense applications that Navy SEAL officer Bremseth explored in his paper, the unconventional, unusual and transcendent phenomena of remote viewing and anomalous cognition seem to be valuable resources.

Bremseth demonstrated courage and insight to tackle such a sensitive topic for his Marine Corps War College report. His paper is worthwhile reading for anyone with an open mind and an interest in human potential.

In fact, if taken to its natural and logical conclusion, Bremseth's concept of transcendence would bring us to a better world and achieve the peace, security, happiness, prosperity, beauty and discovery that, for now, we can only dream of.

For more information, read Bremseth's paper at:

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