Wednesday, August 1, 2018

An analysis of that list of AAWSAP/AATIP Defense Intelligence Reference Documents

Some context

As part of the Advanced Aerospace Weapon System Applications Program, sub-contractors Dr Hal Puthoff, and Dr Eric W Davis asked a number of individuals to submit papers on projected emerging technologies. 38 such papers were commissioned. Full digital copies of three of these Defense Intelligence Reference Documents (DIRDs) have emerged on the Internet. Before reading further, readers may wish to refresh their memories of the story so far by reading my previous blog post about these DIRDs. 

Why bother with these DIRDs?

Why I am bothering with all this DIRD material, when the three which have emerged so far, don't even mention the term UFO or UAP? Well here is my reasoning. According to the former AATIP manager Luis Elizondo, the program came to some conclusions as to the mechanisms by which the phenomenon operates. The data that he and his team had to go on to arrive at these conclusions, were videos; visual observations; instrumented observations; and the opinions of the authors of the DIRDs. Therefore, I feel that by studying all this material, including the DIRDs, we may just get some hints as to what Elizondo can't directly tell us.

The list revealed

In a KLAS-TV news report on 25 July 2018, journalists George Knapp and Matt Adams published a copy of the list of the 38 DIRDs (37 actually, as one was redacted.) Their source of the list was not revealed. Former AATIP manager Luis Elizondo confirmed that the list was genuine.

Here is the contents of this list:

1. Inertial Electrostatic Confinement Fusion, Dr. George Miley, Univ, Of Illinois

2. Advanced Nuclear Propulsion for Manned Deep Space Missions, Dr. F. Winterberg, Univ, of Nevada -Reno

3. Pulsed High-Power Microwave Technology, Dr. James Wells, Northrop Grumman

4. Space Access, Dr. P. Czysz, HyperTech.

5. Advanced Space Propulsion Based on Vaccuum (Spacetime Mertrics) Engineering,  Dr. Hal Puthoff, EarthTech International

6. Biosensors and BioMEMS, Dr. Bruce Towe, Univ of Arizona

7. Invisibility Cloaking, Dr. Ulf Leonhardt. Univ of St Andrews

8. Wormholes in SpaceTime, Dr. Eric Davis, EarthTech International

9. Gravity Wave Communication,  Dr. Robert Baker, GravWave

10. Superconductors in Gravity Research, Dr. George Hathaway, Hathaway Consulting

11. Antigravity Studies, Dr. Eric Davis, EarthTech International

12. Field effects on Biological Tissues, Dr. Kit Green, Wayne State Univ

13. Positron Aerospace Propulsion, Dr. Gerald Smith, Positronics Research

14. Vacuum Energy Applications, Dr. Eric Davis, EarthTech International

15. Improved Statistical Approach to Drake Equation, Dr. Claudio Maccone, International Academy of Astronautics

16. Maverick vs Corporate Research Cultures, Dr. George Hathaway, Hathaway Consulting

17. Biomaterials,Dr. Bruce Towe, Univ of Arizona

18. Metamaterials, Dr. G. Shvets, Univ of Texas - Austin

19. Warp Drives, Dark Energy, and Dimensions, Dr. R. Obousy, Obousy Consultants

20. Brain-Machine Interfaces, Dr. R. Genik, Wayne State Univ,

21. Material for Advanced Aerospace Platforms, Dr. J. Williams, Ohio State Univ,

22. Metallic Glasses, Dr. T. Hufnagel, John Hopkins Univ.

23. Programmable Matter, Dr. W. McCarthy, Programmable Matter Corporation

24. Metallic Spintronics, Dr. M. Tsoi, Univ of Texas - Austin

25. Laser Weapons, J. Albertine, M..S., Directed Technologies.

26. Quantum Entanglement Communication, Dr. J. Cramer, Univ of Washington

27. Aneutronic Fusion Propulsion, Dr. V. Teofilo, Lockheed Martin

28. Cockpits in the Era of Breakthrough Flight, Dr. G. Millis, Tau Zero

29. Cognitive Limits on Simultaneous Control of Multiple Unmanned Spacecraft, Dr. R. Genik, Wayne State Univ

30. Detection and High Resolution Tracking of Vehicles at Hypersonic Velocities, Dr. W. Culbreth, Univ of Nevada - Las Vegas

31. Aneutronic Fusion, Dr. W. Culbreth, Univ of Nevada - Las Vegas.

32. Laser Lightcraft Nanosatellites, Dr. E. Davis, EarthTech

33. MHD Air Breathing Propulsion and Power for Aerospace Applications, Dr. S. Macheret, Lockheed Martin.

34. Quantum Computing and Utilizing Organic Molecules in Automation Technology, Dr. R. Genik, Wayne State Univ

35. Quantum Tomography of Negative Energy States in the Vacuum, Dr. Eric Davis, EarthTech

36. Ultracapacitors as Energy and Power Storage Devices, Dr. J. Golightly, Lockheed Martin.

37. Negative Mass Propulsion, Dr. F. Winterberg, Univ of Nevada - Reno

38. Redacted.

Open source publication

During a 28 July 2018, interview on the 'UFO Classified' radio show, hosted by Erica Lukes Dr Eric Davis, when talking about the DIRDs said that 'We allowed open domain publishing on the topics of these reports.'

It is already known that an open source publication of Dr Puthoff's 'Advanced Space Propulsion Based on Vacuum (Spacetime Metrics) Engineering' DIRD occurred in the  March 2010 issue of the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society.

Are there any other examples where DIRD authors published the contents of their DIRDs in open sources? So far, my research has located three such examples.

Example one.

DIRD. Advanced Nuclear Propulsion for Manned Deep Space Missions, Dr. F. Winterberg, Univ, of Nevada -Reno

Open source. 'Advanced Deuterium Fusion Propulsion for Manned Deep Space Missions,' Dr. F. Winterberg. Submitted 3 June 2009. Very interestingly, on page 43 of this 44 page PDF appear the words 'In writing this report I acknowledge the encouragement of the following individuals listed in alphabetical order: Robert Bigelow, Stephen Fuelling; Kelvin Long, Harold Puthoff and Harry Ruppe.'  Bigelow and Puthoff need no introduction. Kelvin Long is a physicist and aerospace engineer and is associated with studies of future interstellar flight. I understand Harry Ruppe was a German space travel expert. This all fits very well with this being an open source version of DIRD number 2 on the list. (Thank you to an anonymous comment on my blog which pointed me in this direction.)

Example two.

DIRD. 'Cockpits in the Era of Breakthrough Flight.' Dr. G. Millis, Tau Zero.

Open source. 'Cockpit considerations for Inertial-Affect and FTL Propulsion.' M G Millis. Published 2013, in the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society. The abstract for the paper reads:

'Breakthroughs in propulsion physics (control over gravitational or inertial forces, propellant-less space drives, and faster-than light travel) may not appear imminent, but enough progress has been made to allow thoughtful speculation about their nature and implications. The implications to cockpit design includes added degrees of motion, combination of operational regimes (near ground, orbit and beyond), greater span of speed (from zero-speed hover to beyond light speed), the need for new motion displays and navigational tracking methods, and the loss of familiar motion cues (pilot's inertia and visual clues) due to the separation of external and internal environments. The primary reference used to predict these possibilities is the 2009 book, Frontiers of Propulsion Science. These implications are detailed in terms of design requirements.'(Again, my thanks to an anonymous blog post comment which steered me to this paper.)

Example three.

DIRD. 'Gravity Wave Communication.'  Dr. Robert Baker, GravWave.

Open source. Communication between Dr Baker and myself, led to Dr Baker advising that he had published three papers in 2010 which referred to high frequency gravitational waves. He forwarded me links to all three papers. The one which most closely matches the DIRD was one titled 'Utilization of High-Frequency Gravitational Waves for Aerospace Systems and Technology.'The paper was presented at The Seventh Annual AIAA Southern California Aerospace Systems and Technology (ASAT) Conference on 1 May 2010.

The abstract reads:

'High-Frequency Gravitational Wave (HFGW) technology has been reported in well over one hundred peer-reviewed scientific journal article over the past five decades. For several years the Peoples Republic of China has funded HFGW research programs involving dozens of their scientists and well known Russian scientists have been involved with HFGW research for over four decades.  Theoretical aerospace, military and civilian applications are communications, surveillance, remote initiation of nuclear events and propulsion, including "moving" space objects and missiles in flight and frustrating anti-missile and anti-satellite systems. This paper presents the historical and theoretical background for the utilization of High-Frequency Gravitational Waves (HFGWs) as an enabling technology for aerospace systems and presents analytical techniques and theoretical quantitative results for the generation, detection and application of HFGWs.'

I am certain that a deeper study will reveal many more examples of open source publication of DIRDs and welcome information from anyone who conducts this additional research.

Additional comments

1. I found that the titles of a number of Dr Eric Davis' DIRDs as shown on the list were different from the titles that Davis himself provides on his EarthTech publications website.  For example:

DIRD 8 on the list, 'Wormholes in SpaceTime' becomes 'Traversable Wormholes, Stargate, and Negative Energy' on the EarthTech site. 2010. DIA document number DIA-08-1004-004.

DIRD 11 on the list. 'Antigravity Studies' becomes 'Antigravity for Aerospace Applications.' 2010. DIA document number DIA-08-1003-018.

DIRD14 on the list.'Vacuum Energy Applications' becomes 'Concepts for Extracting Energy from the Quantum Vaccuum.' 2010. DIA document number DIA-08-1004-007.

In addition, DIRD number 19 on the list is shown as W'arp Drives, Dark Energy, and Dimensions,' Dr. R. Obousy, Obousy Consultants, whereas the EarthTech website shows a publication 'Warp Drive, Dark Energy, and the Manipulation of Extra Dimensions' 2010, by Obousy, R K and Davis E W. DIA number DIA-08-1004-001.

These differences between list, and final publications, led me to wonder if the list wasn't a final version, but some sort of working draft along the way. It certainly isn't a list on DIA letterhead.

An additional clue comes from my communication with Dr Robert Baker who told me that the use of the term 'Gravity Wave Communication' is incorrect. Those working in this field, he told me, refer to 'Gravitiational waves,' which leads me to again think that whoever compiled this list didn't know the correct terminology to use at that time that the list was compiled.

Furthermore, communication with another of the DIRD authors, (DIRDs 6 & 17) Dr Bruce Towe, led him to advise that the citation as to where he works, which in the DIRDs is given as 'Univ of Arizona,' is incorrect as he works at Arizona State University (Phoenix.)

I would be interested to see if anyone can tell us where the 'leaked'copy of the DIRD list, actually came from?

2.We come now, to the subject of 'classified' DIRD titles. In his 28 January 2018 'Coast to Coast' interview with George Knapp, Dr Eric Davis first mentioned that two out of the 38 DIRD's were classified. This was repeated by Davis on the 28 July 2018, Erica Lukes radio show. On this latter show, he went on to say that he couldn't talk about the titles of the two classified DIRDs. Interestingly, he went on to note that on the released list of DIRDs, only one DIRD's details is redacted, whereas the other classified DIRD's details are not. 'That was a mistake,' he said.

I note that neither the titles, nor the names of the authors on the released DIRD list, appear to be in any particular order. They are neither listed alphabetically by title, nor alphabetically by author. Details of DIRD 38 are redacted. Presumably this means that DIRD 38 has either a classified title or is totally classified in respect of all its details.

Which of the remaining 37 DIRDs is also classified, cannot of course be known for certain. If there were only 38 in total and two were classified, then the details of one of the remaining 37 should also have been redacted, and they weren't.

Who redacted the details of DIRD 38 on the list? We do not know. Presumably it has to have been someone whom knew it was classified in the first place. In that case, why didn't that individual redact the details of the second classified DIRD? We are placed in the situation that we all now know the details of the second classified DIRD (well, not really, we can all see its details but we still don't know which number DIRD it is.)

3. I note that most of the DIRD authors reside in the USA, apart from Dr Ulf Leonhardt (Scotland); George Hathaway (Canada), and Claude Maconne (Italy.)

4. The 2008 AAWSAP solicitation document at attachment one listed ten areas of interest to the program:

1. Lift.
2. Propulsion.
3. Control.
4.Power generation.
5. Spatial/temporal translation.
6. Materials.
7. Configuration, structure.
8. Signature reduction.
9. Human interface.
10. Human effects.

Looking at the list of the 37 DIRDs, one can see that Drs Puthoff and Davis, in commissioning the DIRDs were covering all of the ten areas shown above.

I welcome feedback from blog readers on the above analysis. There are probably areas of interest that I have missed. I particularly welcome details of other open source versions of the DIRDs.


  1. So far, I have not heard anything that convinces me anyone has learned anything of significance on the mechanics of UFO flight. Most of these papers are theoretical and those that are more practical such as "Advance Nuclear Propulsion..." are not the type of technologies that will provide the capability for interstellar travel.

    1. I agree. The papers range from a little speculative (e.g. laser weapons, which were in development) to downright sketchy (high freq. grav waves, for example, were rejected roundly by JASON:

    2. Hi Paul, thanks for your comment. I guess one of the reasons they are speculative, is that the brief from Davis and Puthoff was to look 40-50 years into the future.

  2. I also did some analysis of those documents earlier:

    For me those documents continue to look like a smokescreen behind which the program was doing something it wasn't supposed to do according to the solicitation documents.

    I don't think those documents have any real connection to UFOs, and I'm not too convinced they were much of interest to anyone really. That one document about the Drake Equation is connected to alien life, but how's that connected to the objectives of the program?

    1. Hi Parabunk, , Sorry that I missed your blog post re the DIRDs. I will go and take a look.

    2. Thanks for the analysis on your blog. There certainly are question marks about the interest of the first AAWSA manager, Lacatski from memory. He seemed to be into both UFOs and the paranormal.

    3. In my view, Lacatski is the most interesting person in all of this, as he may have started it all, but so far he has managed to stay in the shadows.

    4. Hi Parabunk, I do recall that in one in interview with George Knapp in July, my notes say Elizondo said:

      "[AATIP versus AAWSAP?] LE – Frome 2007 to 2008 was AAWSAP. I wasn’t part of that program. In 2008 name formally changed to Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program. Decision made to refocus only on the UAP. What it is and how does it work? AAWSAP had a slightly larger focus – was too broad. Refocussed on AATIP. AAWSAP was under another person’s responsibility. I am not going to name that person."

      I seem to recall, but can't find the exact source, that Elizondo also said that person isn't ready to go public.

      Are you aware of anyone who has tracked down Lacatski (if he is still alive) and spoken to him? I haven't.

    5. "I do recall that in one in interview with George Knapp in July, my notes say Elizondo said:"

      I listened that part of the interview, and your notes seem to be accurate, but what Elizondo said most probably wasn't.

      "[AATIP versus AAWSAP?] LE – Frome 2007 to 2008 was AAWSAP. I wasn’t part of that program."

      Since AAWSAP began in 2008, and was reportedly run for a couple of years, those years can't be right.

      "In 2008 name formally changed to Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program."

      And so neither can that one. But since Reid already called it AATIP in his mid 2009 letter, when AAWSAP had to be running, the usage of those names had to overlap.

      Elizondo also stated he came in "as the name was changing".

      "Decision made to refocus only on the UAP."

      Which wasn't part of AAWSAP at all as far as the solicitation documents go...

      "AAWSAP had a slightly larger focus – was too broad. Refocussed on AATIP."

      That "too broad" focus probably included all that the AAWSAP was officially supposed to be...

      "I seem to recall, but can't find the exact source, that Elizondo also said that person isn't ready to go public."

      He said in that interview that "I suspect when that person is ready to have a conversation then that person will have it".

      "Are you aware of anyone who has tracked down Lacatski (if he is still alive) and spoken to him? I haven't."

      I haven't seen any indication of anyone having successfully contacted him.

      I think he's still under the bus where Reid threw him... I mean, thanks to Reid's comments, it seems highly likely he was the DIA guy who contacted Bigelow and expressed interest in his ranch and then instructed Reid how the study should be formulated "in scientific language" "that anyone can look at", and then ended up running the program with the contractor he had shared interests with, who was Reid's friend. Obviously such arrangement is highly questionable, but nevertheless the people closely connected to that affair continue to claim it wasn't, as if DIA would have decided the winner as an independent party.

      Can you imagine Lacatski having a public conversation about his role without exposing the true nature of that arrangement "officially"?

      If I'm looking at the information of the right person (might be someone with the same name), Lacatski would be around 67 years old now.

    6. Hi Parabunk,

      Certainly some contradictory information here. It would be good if Lacatski spoke out about his role.

  3. I took a minor interest in Teofilo after reading the wikipedia page on Aneutronic fusion. I first point to a paper that has him teamed up with Davis and Puthoff:
    “Review of Experimental Concepts for Studying the Quantum Vacuum Field” E. W. Davis , V. L. Teofilo , B. Haisch , H. E. Puthoff , L. J. Nickisch , A. Rueda , and D. C. Cole.
    AIP Conference Proceedings 813, 1390 (2006); It gives an address.
    2 Lockheed Martin Space Systems, M.S. L2-01/B157, PO Box 3504, Sunnyvale, CA 94089, USA
    The bibliography may also be useful.
    Teofilo gives his first name as Vince or Vincent. Googling it will take you first to a slide presentation where he gives a long lecture on Advanced Space Power Systems and the transcription lists many ideas relevant to advanced propulsion ideas.
    Here: is a 2009 paper titled
    “IEC Thrusters for Space Probe Applications and Propulsion” and the phrase ‘neutronless fusion’ is present thus probably thematically relevant to the aneutronic fusion mentioned in the list and presumably gives some idea what may be in the one involving DIRD.
    Teofilo is mentioned a few times in this document: One mentions DARPA funding but sounds irrelevant.
    A 2016 remark about his interest in vacuum field concepts:
    A short bio:
    Another bio:
    His Linked-in Profile:
    That’s as far as my interest took me.

    1. Hi Mrherr, Thanks for your comments. I will take a while to digest the sources you cite above.

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    3. Hi Mrherr, I have taken a look though the material you sent me. There certainly is plenty of interest to examine.


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