In my last post, I mentioned that details of a file about UAP, originating from the Defence Scientific and Technology Organisation (DSTO) had, for the first time, just popped up in the RecordSearch database of the National Archives of Australia (NAA.) I wondered what references had been made to the DSTO in Australian UAP literature?
In part three of his 1996 article 'UFOs sub Rosa Down Under,' Sydney based researcher Bill Chalker, wrote in part:
"A firm proposal was developed with the team to operate within the Defence Science and Technical Organisation (DSTO.)"
Here, Bill was speaking of the year 1969, and a proposed 'Secret Military "Rapid Intervention" Team.' The architect of this team was Harry Turner, then in the Joint Intelligence Bureau (JIB) in the Australian Department of Defence.
I wondered whether or not, this reference to the DSTO, in the year 1969, was correct? Official government sources state that the DSTO was not created until 1974.
I therefore conducted further research. Firstly, I examined the digital copy of the JIB's UAP file in the National Archives of Australia (NAA.) NAA file series JIO63, control symbol 3092/2/000 titled 'Scientific Intelligence - General - Unidentified Flying Objects,' has a date range of 1957-1971. Although there are documents originating from Harry Turner on this file, there are no papers which mention the proposal for a 'secret' team, nor any reference to the DSTO (which of course wasn't created until 1974.)
Secondly, I read further portions of 'UFOs sub Rosa' and found "George Barlow of Defence Science and Technology (DST) had also offered the help of his group." So, here is mention of DST, but not DSTO.
|George Barlow http://www.honeysucklecreek.net/supply/pioneers/index.html|
In summary, Bill's DSTO reference for 1969, seems to be incorrect, as the DSTO was not formed until 1974.
At a 1998 Sydney UAP conference, Melbourne based researcher John Auchettl recounted an October 1997 'Pine Gap UFO intrusion' allegedly involving a UFO encounter leaving physical evidence. Bill Chalker in an 'Ozfiles' blog post dated 20 October 2011, cites details of Auchettl's presentation. In part, Bill wrote:
"I suspect that the Pine Gap people and DSTO (allegedly also involved in investigating the event)..."
However, nothing further is known about this alleged DSTO involvement.
After reading my previous blog post, Melbourne based researcher Paul Dean, recalled that when the Department of Defence General Admin UAS policy was cancelled in 2012, that the distribution list of the cancellation memo had a DSTO officer on it.
The DSTO officer is listed as 'COO (DSTO) (F2-2-017.)' An Internet search found that COO stands for 'Chief Operations Officer.' F2-2-017, from FOI request knowledge, is a specific Department of Defence office address in Canberra.
Why a copy of a memo cancelling a Department of Defence UAS policy should be sent to the DSTO is unknown at this time.
There are other vague rumours on various Internet sites of UAP being seen in DSTO facilities in South Australia. These are simply rumours, with no hard documentation to back up the stories.
In summary, it will be fascinating to see what is actually on the DSTO file which has just surfaced in the NAA. Hopefully, I should have arranged for it to be examined, made available, and digitised, by December this year.
Update as at 26 May 2017
The National Archives of Australia are still in the process of moving millions of their hard copy files to a new purpose built repository, and advise this may be completed by 1 July 2017. This has delayed requests for access for files. I have several requests caught up in this delay, including the above DSTO file.
Today I received the following email from the NAA.