Leonard (Lyn) Buchanan

Lyn Buchanan

Leonard (Lyn) Buchanan is the Executive Director of Problems>Solutions>Innovations(P>S>I) which started as a small data analysis company in the Washington, D.C. area in 1992 after Lyn’s retirement from the military.

In late 1995, when the US government declassified their Remote Viewing project, information became public about Lyn’s prior involvement with that project as one of the unit’s Remote Viewers, Database Manager, Property Book Officer and as the unit’s Trainer. Public demands for training and applications became great, and P>S>I moved into the remote viewing field full time, bringing with it Lyn’s extensive databasing capabilities. At the present time, P>S>I possesses the most complete body of data on the applications of remote viewing in real-world applications.

The U.S. government used a specialized form of remote viewing known as Controlled Remote Viewing (CRV). Lyn’s involvement with CRV came about by a long, strange, and circuitous series of events, some parts of which are still classified. Lyn was brought into the unit in 1984 and remained there on special assignment for the rest of his military career.

As a young man, Lyn had been a military computer expert for the Nike Ajax/Nike Hercules guided missile systems. He had a 12-year break in service, during which he gained a BA in Psychology, a BA in Linguistics, and an MA in Linguistic Psychology. He then taught foreign languages in East Texas. Re-entering the service in 1974, he became a military linguist, specializing in German, Russian, and Spanish.

After re-entering the military, he was stationed in Japan for four years, where he also gained a proficiency in Japanese and Mongolian, becoming the only Mongolian linguist in all branches of the US military. After his assignment to Japan, he returned to the Defense Language Institute for another year to attend their higher-level Russian course and became one of only 12 Russian Scientific Research Linguists in the US Army. He was then assigned to a 4 year stint at the US Intelligence Field Station in Augsburg, Germany, a station which deals with mostly tactical traffic and very little scientific research traffic. But his skills and experience with computers proved to be very rare, right at a time when the military was just getting itself computerized. Here, he was also utilized as a systems designer and programmer for the many and varied US- and foreign-manufactured mainframe and mini-computers which were used at the Field Station.

Lyn has been plagued throughout his life with “psychokenetic” events. One fateful day in Augsburg, such an event, parts of which are still classified, happened and brought about official recognition and record of his “ability”. Shortly thereafter, the commander of the U.S. Intelligence and Security Command decided, because of these abilities, to transfer him to the special “psychic spying” unit at Ft. Meade, Maryland, where he planned to have Lyn affect and/or destroy enemy computer systems. This plan was aborted for funding reasons, and Lyn became one of the unit’s Controlled Remote Viewers instead.

After retirement from the U.S. Army in 1992, he settled down with his wife and youngest son in Mechanicsville, Maryland. He began working for a “beltway bandit” (a term used for computer consultant companies which surround the Washington D.C. beltway, and make their fortunes working mainly governmental contracts). At the same time, he began building his own company, Problems>Solutions>Innovations (P>S>I). P>S>I was originally a data analysis company only.

During these years, he continued training people within the intelligence community who were privy to the existence of CRV and to the fact that he had been the unit’s trainer. In December 1995, however, the CIA effectively declassified the government’s connection to and use of CRV, and the existence of the military unit. The public became aware of CRV, and P>S>I quickly took on the role of training CRV to the public, keeping research data on the trained “CRVers”, and developing new, civilian applications for the technology.

Lyn has a personal drive to take this technology completely out of the “spooky” realm and find the scientific and technological causes behind it. To this end, he maintains a strict database on all operations in order to conduct as much research as possible.

Adding his computer skills to the CRV process, Lyn has developed techniques for enhancing the results of organized CRV efforts. He has developed computerized analysis techniques for identifying, categorizing and predicting viewer error rates. He has developed and maintains a database which tracks a trained viewer’s individual strengths and weaknesses. He has also designed and written computer programs for the specific areas of CRV training,to aid and guide the student’s progress.

In addition to providing standard computer systems-oriented data analysis and programming services, he also provides remote viewing services and training to both individuals and organizations. He also performs a free public service to police and other public-funded investigative organizations and agencies.

This work was originally done under “The Assigned Witness Program”. The name for the program came about by chance one day when Lyn was working with an investigator. He asked the investigator what information was needed most. The investigator replied, “Well, what we really need is a witness.” “No problem”, Lyn replied, “we can assign one.” For the first time, the investigator realized the scope of this new tool, and asked, “Do you mean that you can assign someone to actually witness something that has already happened?” Lyn replied, “That’s what we do.”


    IRVA 2020 – IRVA Founders Panel

    The International Remote Viewing Association was founded in March, 1999 by a group of some of the most influential figures from both the scientific and applications sides of the field. This panel discussion will be led by several of those early founders, discussing a range of topics – from the past, present, and future of remote viewing, to questions raised by our conference attendees. Truly a highlight of the 2020 conference!

    IRVA 2020 – Ideograms

    Lyn Buchanan will present his theory and teaching methods of ideograms, the unconscious “squiggle” produced at the beginning of a remote viewing session.

    IRVA 2017 – How to Get Unstuck

    If you’ve ever done remote viewing, then you’ve experienced that awful moment when you realize that nothing more is coming to you or the same information comes again and again. Ingo Swann gave two protocols that will break you out of that situation and get you going again. Lyn will show you what they are, and how to use them.

    IRVA 2012 – Remote Influencing — Is it real?

    There are many misconceptions about remote influencing, what it is/isn’t, how it is/isn’t done, what it can/can’t do, etc. In this lecture, Lyn Buchanan will explain all those things in easy and clear language, as well as give a brief overview of the methods and tools which have proven most effective – and warnings about the dangers involved in its improper usage as well as the benefits of its correct usage. This will be a clear, but comprehensive coverage of this rarely discussed and little understood subject.

    IRVA 2011 – What Humans Perceive and How it Affects Our Viewing

    Visually, we see only a part of the spectrum, but remote viewers have reported seeing atomic radiation. Viewers have accurately reported sounds beyond the limits of our hearing. Are there still certain limits that we can’t view beyond? Yes. This study discusses those “outer limits” which are imposed on our viewing by still unsuspected human limitations, and ways we’ve found to overcome even those.

    IRVA 2010 – Ten Things Guaranteed to Make You a Better Psychic/Remote Viewer/Controlled Remote Viewer

    Just like every other human endeavor, the use of one’s psychic abilities can be accomplished poorly or well, leading, respectively, to failure or success in the results gained. Lyn Buchanan’s lecture will provide ten recommendations for enhancing the success potential — from trained and adept practitioners of Controlled Remote Viewing to psychics. These tips do not require any special or additional training, rather only personal practice, and will help improve paranormal performance regardless of the protocol or methodology one uses, or the category of work engaged in.

    IRVA 2010 – Panel Member: The Remote Viewing Training Controversy: Does it work? Is it necessary? Is there evidence?

    Some members of the remote viewing community are surprised when they learn that IRVA’s directors and officers often have widely differing opinions about remote viewing and its practice. Of course, there is no reason why IRVA’s leadership should be any more uniform in its beliefs than are the leaders of other organizations of comparable size and interest. Indeed, much can be learned from differences of opinion, and it is often healthy to air these in a setting from which all may benefit. One such controversy is whether formal remote viewing training (as offered, for example, by Lyn Buchanan and Paul H. Smith of IRVA’s board) is really of any value or use. On the other side of the issue are two other IRVA board members,