Thomas “Tom” M. McNear
Tom McNear was the first member of the Army Star Gate program to be personally trained in Coordinate Remote Viewing (CRV) by Ingo Swann and the only member Swann trained through Stage VII; he was the “proof of principle guinea pig.” Near the end of Tom’s training, he and Swann discovered Stage VII (Phonetics). In 1985 Tom wrote the first CRV manual, Coordinate Remote Viewing Stages I–VI and Beyond, based on his training with Ingo Swann. This manual became the basis for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) manual published a year later.
Author Jim Schnabel, in his book Remote Viewers: The Secret History of America’s Psychic Spies, stated that “Swann considered his true protégé to be Tom (McNear) …the formal prototype for the CRV-trained military remote viewer, the best that could be achieved.” Author Jim Marrs, in his book PSI Spies, quoted Ingo Swann as saying, Tom was “the first to finish all seven stages. He was better than me.”
Tom was a member of Ingo Swann’s five-person team that on 15 June 1984 remote viewed the planet Mars. Swann included many details from this team effort in the posthumously published Penetration Special Edition Updated. McNear wrote the afterword for Penetration Special Edition Updated.
Tom has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Saint Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. After serving in the Army’s remote viewing program from 1981–1985, Tom continued a successful career in counterintelligence and counterespionage. He retired from uniformed service in 1997 and continued to serve as a civilian intelligence officer until 2019 culminating in 45 years of service.