Sunday, January 20, 2019

Images of briefing slides for the Advanced Aerospace Threat and Identification Program revisited

A "lapse in security"

On 7 August 2018, a story broke*, that there had been a "lapse in security" on a certain US website maintained by a team member of the To The Stars Academy (TTSA). This "lapse" meant that a number of  images of documents relating to the Advanced Aerospace Threat and Identification Program (AATIP) were publicly available for a period of time. These documents included an interview with one of the pilots (not Dave Fravor) involved in the 14 November 2004 USS Nimitz encounter; and a series of "briefing slides," concerning the AATIP.

Are they genuine?

How do we know these were genuine documents? Firstly, the website they were on, was verified as belonging to a TTSA team member. Secondly, the pilot's interview had already appeared on the TTSA's own website; minus the identifying names, phone numbers, emails etc of the crew members of the three aircraft involved, which were shown in  the "lapse" documents. Thirdly, the "security lapse" was rapidly fixed and the documents were removed from that website.

The purpose of this blog post is to take another look at the "briefing slides" and their contents; and provide images of them for others to debate and discuss.

Briefing slides

There were seven jpeg files, each labelled as "aatip-brief-pdf-original," numbered 1-4 then 6-8. Missing is a jpeg file number page 5. When opened the slides are numbered 1-4, then 7-9. Slides numbered 5 and 6 are missing. The contents of the slides are as follows:




Slide 1 above - Title page - "Advanced Aerospace Threat and Identification Program (AATIP)."


Slide 2 above - Purpose of the briefing. Notice that the second dot point is:

"Request establishment of a restricted Special-Access-Program with a Bigoted Access List for specific portions of AATIP."

This is the exact same request as set out in a letter dated 24 June 200-9, authored by then Senator Harry Reid and sent to the Honourable William Lynn III, Deputy Secretary of Defense. The subject of the letter is the AATIP.  This puts the briefing slides as dated post 24 June 2009. You can read the full text of this Reid letter, here. 

Slide 3 above - "AATIP Mission."  Note that the mission refers to "other countries, actors,or entities..." not just to "other countries."

Slide 4 above - "AATIP Preliminary Assessments." Note the reference to "Several unconventional findings."

Slide 7 above - "Contract focus." Note that the 12 dot points, i.e. "lift" etc are the same items listed in "Statement of objectives for the Advanced Aerospace Weapon System Applications Program (AAWSAP). This statement is "Attachment A" to the August 2008 Defense Intelligence Agency solicitation for work on the AAWSAP, solicitation number HHM402-08-R-0211, issued by the DIA in August 2008.

Note also the use of the words "currently observed phenomena" not "advanced aircraft."

Slide 8 above - "FY09 Technical Reports." The technical reports shown in this slide, are some of the 38 Defense Intelligence Reference Documents (DIRDS) which have been discussed last year, and recently, in a number of Internet articles, and also on this blog.

 Slide 9 above - "DoD Threat Scenarios - AATIP Sub-Focus Areas." If, as some commentators have suggested, that the AATIP/AAWSAP was simply focusing on the possibility of advanced aircraft from Russia and China, then what do we make of words:

"Psychotronic weapons"; "Penetration of solid surfaces"; and "Anomalies in the Space/time construct."

These are clearly not related to advanced aircraft from other countries.

In summary

These genuine "briefing slides" for the AATIP/AAWSAP, indicate to me, that the "phenomena" being studied, was not simply Russian or Chinese advanced aircraft, but something else.

* The images were first revealed on Twitter.  

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Back to those 38 Defense Intelligence Reference Documents (DIRDs)

KLAS-TV report

In a KLAS-TV news report, on 25 July 2018, journalists George Knapp and Matt Adams published a list of the 38 DIRDs generated under a contract with the Defense Intelligence Agency, for the Advanced Aerospace Weapon System Applications Program (AAWSAP.) Although the source of the list was never revealed, former program manager, Luis Elizondo, confirmed that the list was genuine.

That list was as follows:

1. Inertial Electrostatics 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 Vacuum (Spacetime Metrics) Engineering, Dr Hal Puthoff, EarthTech International.

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

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

8. Wormholes in Space Time, 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.

"Congressional Record"

Then, in a blog post dated 15 August 2018, it was noted that the "Congressional Record" dated 9 April 2018 contained the following note:

"4381. A letter from the Chief, Congressional Relations Division, Defense Intelligence Agency, Department of Defense, transmitting a list of all products produced under the Advanced Aerospace Threat and Identification program contract for the Defense Intelligence Agency to publish, to the Committee on Armed Services.

Nick Pope

On 17 January 2019,  Nick Pope advised on Facebook that "the DIA Office of Corporate Communications released to me the letter DIA sent to Congressional Committees about AATIP." The letter was dated 9 January 2018; addressed to The Honourable John McCain, Senate Committee on Armed Services, and was signed by Christine Kapnisi, Chief DIA Congressional Relations Division.

Attached to the letter were three pages  listing the "38 reports associated with DIA's involvement in the program documented in the list."

The purpose of this blog post is to look at this January 2018 list and compare it to the list previously made available to us by Knapp/Adams. In order to do this in an easy way, I copy the Knapp/Adams list, and below each of their DIRDs I will insert the details of the DIRDs from the 2018 DIA letter.


1. Inertial Electrostatics Confinement Fusion, Dr George Miley, Univ. of Illinois.

1. Inertial Electrostatics Confinement Fusion, Dr George Miley, Univ. of Illinois.

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

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.

3. Pulsed High-Power Microwave Technology, Dr James Wells, J W Enterprises.

4. Space Access, Dr P Czysz, HyperTech.

4. Space Access, Dr P Czysz, HyperTech.

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Wormholes in Space Time, Dr Eric Davis, EarthTech International.

8. Traversable Wormholes, Stargates and Negative Energy, Dr Eric Davis, EarthTech International.

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

9. High Frequency Gravitational Wave Communications, Dr Robert Baker, GravWave.

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

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

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

11. Antigravity for Aerospace Applications, Dr Eric Davis, EarthTech International. 

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

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

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

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

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

14. Concepts for Extracting Energy from the Quantum Vacuum, Dr Eric Davis, EarthTech International.

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

15. An Introduction to the Statistical Drake Equation, Dr Claudio Maccone, International Academy of Astronautics.

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

16. Maverick Inventor Versus Corporate Inventor, Dr George Hathaway, Hathaway Consulting.

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

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

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

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

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

19. Warp Drive, Dark Energy and the Manipulation of Extra Dimensions, Dr R Obousy, Obousy Consultants. 

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

20. Technological Applications to Controlling External Devices in the Absence of Limb-Operated Interfaces, Dr R Genik, Wayne State Univ. 

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

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

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

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

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

23. Aerospace Applications of Programmable Matter, Dr W McCarthy, Programmable Matter Corporation. 

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

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

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

38. State of the Art and Evaluation of High Energy Laser Weapons, J Albertine, Directed Technologies. 

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

25. Space_Communication Implications of Quantum Entanglement and Nonlocality, Dr J Cramer, Univ of Washington. 

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

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

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

27. 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.

28. 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.

29. 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.

30. Aneutronic Fusion Propulsion II, Dr W Culbreth, Univ of Nevada-LasVegas. 

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

31. Laser Lightcraft Nanosatellites, Dr E Davis, Earthtech.

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

32. Magnetohydrodynamices (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.

33. 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.

34. 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.

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

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

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

38. Redacted.

 37. State of the Art and Evaluation of High Energy Laser Weapons, J Albertine, Directed technologies. (Formerly classified SECRET/NOFORN.)

In summary

As will be seen from this comparison, the titles of many of the DIRDs as listed in the DIA letter are the same, or very close to those listed by Knapp/Adams. The matter of the 38th redacted DIRD is now resolved. There was both an unclassified, and a classified version of the paper  State of the Art and Evaluation of High Energy Laser Weapons, J Albertine, Directed Technologies. 

In addition, the question of what the "products" were, as referenced in the "Congressional Record" is now resolved. The "products" were the 38 DIRDs. This is disappointing as some researchers seem to have believed that the "products" would be all of the paperwork that AATIP generated over the years. Regretfully, this is not the case, and we still await the outcome of FOIA applications for the whole of the AATIP paperwork.

Acknowledgment

I wish to thank US researcher Nick Pope for releasing this letter and attachments, so promptly. A number of us, including myself, are still waiting for a DIA response under the FOIA, where we have also asked for a copy of this letter and list.

Note:

A check of LinkedIn shows an entry for Christine Kapnisi, to have been the Congressional Liaison for the last 16 years.

Updates 18 January 2019

Researcher Roberto Labanti drew my attention to a blog post on the website of the Federation of American Scientists.  In a piece entitled "More Light on Black Program to Track UFOs" author Steven Aftergood, writes about the public release, to him, under the FOIA, of a copy of the Letter from the DIA to Congress.

The EarthTech International website has a list of Eric Davis's DIA DIRDs. These are:

Davis, E. W. (2011), “Quantum Tomography Of Negative Energy States In The Vacuum,” Defense Intelligence Reference Document, Defense Futures, DIA-08-1102-007, Technology Warning Division (DWO-4), Defense Warning Office, Directorate For Analysis, Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington, DC.

Davis, E. W. (2010), “Laser Lightcraft Nanosatellites,” Defense Intelligence Reference Document, Defense Futures, DIA-08-1011-001, Technology Warning Division (DWO-4), Defense Warning Office, Directorate for Analysis, Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington, DC.
Obousy, R. K. and Davis, E. W. (2010), “Warp Drive, Dark Energy, and the Manipulation of Extra Dimensions,” Defense Intelligence Reference Document, Acquisition Threat Support, DIA-08-1004-001, Acquisition Support Division (DWO-3), Defense Warning Office, Directorate for Analysis, Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington, DC.
Davis, E. W. (2010), “Concepts for Extracting Energy From the Quantum Vacuum,” Defense Intelligence Reference Document, Acquisition Threat Support, DIA-08-1004-007, Acquisition Support Division (DWO-3), Defense Warning Office, Directorate for Analysis, Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington, DC.
Davis, E. W. (2010), “Antigravity for Aerospace Applications,” Defense Intelligence Reference Document, Acquisition Threat Support, DIA-08-1003-018, Acquisition Support Division (DWO-3), Defense Warning Office, Directorate for Analysis, Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington, DC.
Davis, E. W. (2010), “Traversable Wormholes, Stargates, and Negative Energy,” Defense Intelligence Reference Document, Acquisition Threat Support, DIA-08-1004-004, Acquisition Support Division (DWO-3), Defense Warning Office, Directorate for Analysis, Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington, DC.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

"Antennas" and Dr. Viola Pettit Neal



Background

A few days ago, researcher James Iandoli published an article titled "Is the Caudate-Putamen an antenna for anomalous information?" and Twitter user Jay@09784691 published a similar piece titled "Experiencers, Unique Intuition and Biomarkers." 

Both articles focused on work undertaken by Garry P Nolan, and Christopher (Kit) Green, as reported at the 2018 Space Genetics Symposium, held on 30 November 2018 at Harvard Medical School. The schedule showed a talk by Garry Nolan, titled "Can genetic differences in intuition and cognition drive success in space?"

The Nolan/Green study

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Source: https://silvarecord.com/2019/01/09/experiencers-unique-intuition-and-biomarkers/
Iandoli reported that he had communicated with Nolan who provided the following information. The talk reported on a study of 105 patients, 60% male and 40% female. Iandoli goes on to say:

"The study involved, among others, a group of individuals termed these days as "Experiencers:" individuals experiencing Anomalous Mental Phenomena perceived through the senses including hallucinations, seeing beings and orbs, or hearing messages. One potential goal of the study involved identifying personality commonalities and, maybe, if "experiences" followed families - implying there might be a component that genetic plays in the experience process itself. Nolan and Green insisted that the study was not about determining the factual nature of the experience, just to determine if there were medical or familial relationships."

As to the study's findings, Iandoli cited Nolan as stating:

"We had groups of patients who objectively had a higher density of neuronal connection between the head of the caudate and the putamen" as opposed to a control group of 100 randomly selected people.

Nolan cautioned that these are simply preliminary findings and that much more work needs to be undertaken in this area.

In jay@09784691's article, he mentions that:

"A question asked in the talk is whether there are forms of inherited intuition that are handed down across families that allows for distinct forms of intelligence and which are correlated, roughly by contributing to higher IQ (later referred to those with .140). ...It would appear these indicators are present in the patients included in the trial..."


Earlier work on the Caudate area of the brain

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Source: https://silvarecord.com/2019/01/09/experiencers-unique-intuition-and-biomarkers/
Iandoli remarks that Nolan, in his talk, referred to two earlier pieces of research. One was by Oleg Sergeivich Adrianov, a Soviet Union neuroscientist, whom Iandoli cites as saying:

"Our interest (in Caudate-Putamen over expression) is based on the literary data (sic)...it participates in higher intergrative activity..." and " Numerous clinical data suggests direct relation of the human brain to a higher psychic function."

The second was the work of Viola Pettit Neal, whom Iandoli cites as stating:

"The caudate nucleus deals with the head antennae - millions of antennae which in the future will deal with the ability of all the extrasensory perception abilities, such as the ability to see events at a distance and the ability for telepathic contact."

Dr Viola Pettit Neal

As Neal specifically refers to the concept of "antenna," who has been banded about a lot in recent times on the Internet, with suggestions of something in the human brain which receives and transmits information; with the additional suggestion that "experiencers" might be receiving information from 'somewhere else,' I thought it would be useful to see just when Neal's information was coming from?

I found a copy of a book titled "Through the Curtain" authored by Dr Viola Pettit Neal and Dr Shafica Karagulla; published in 1983 by De Vorss & Co., Marina del Ray, California.

Source: https://allaboutheaven.org/sources/pettit-neal-dr-viola/190
Shafica Karagulla was born in 1914 in Turkey and received an MD from the American University in Beirut. She became a neuro-psychiatrist "who spent eight years researching ordinary people who appeared to have extraordinary abilities." These abilities were in the area of psychic research. She went on to found the Higher Sense Perception Research Foundation. In 1967, she published a book "Breakthrough to Creativity". Kargulla died in 1986.

Source: https://allaboutheaven.org/sources/pettit-neal-dr-viola/190
Dr Viola Pettit Neal was born in 1907 in Virginia, and obtained a PhD at London University. She became a lecturer and a writer. She exhibited premonitions and the ability to see events at a distance from an early childhood. She founded the Biometric Research Foundation in Los Angeles.  Neal died in 1981.

In the Introduction to "Through the Curtain" Karagulla writes that she met Dr Neal in 1938 and corresponded with her from that date onwards. However, it wasn't until 1956 that:

"For the first time Dr Neal revealed to me her own personal experiences, one of which was that as she was falling asleep she would see in her mind's eye, in a miniature form, frames like a moving picture of beautiful flowers, places and people in very sharp, bright colors." [See hypnagogic imagery -KB]

In addition, Karagulla states:

" A second experience was that when she went to sleep she was aware of being on another dimension attending lectures on many subjects dealing with both science and philosophy. She referred to these experiences as Night Classes. Upon awakening, she could recall the lectures the following morning if she so wished."

"Neil could both perceive at a distance, and communicate telepathically with the Ashram of the Master Jupiter..."

In Neal's sleep state, Karagulla was able to directly ask questions and received answers from this "other source." The book is full of transcripts of this Night Class information. Some of these sessions are taped transcripts, while others are cited as "recalled by Neil."

Neal's information about the Caudate

So, what information, derived from this "other source," did Neal say about the Caudate? I found the answer in a chapter titled "Esoteric Embryology of the centers (Chakras.)" In a Night Class session dated 15 May 1962, "Recalled by Viola Pettit Neal" ie. written down by Neal the following morning there is (pages 86-87):

"The caudate nucleus deals with the head antenna - millions of antenna which in the future will deal with the ability of all the extrasensory perception abilities, such as the ability to see events at a distance and the ability for telepathic contact. The sending and receiving station for telepathic contact is located in the caudate nucleus. This nucleus is the mechanism that would be activated and used as the race develops. Some people have a certain amount of development. The ability to read the planetary records (Akashic) has something to do with certain antenna activated in the caudate nucleus."

On page 88 there is also:

" Each circuit has a sending and receiving station. With some people, certain circuits are connected. For example, in those who have telepathic ability - the circuit is connected with higher hearing."

End notes

1. I would once again, remind blog readers, that these findings of Nolan and Green are of a preliminary nature only. They are certainly intriguing, but much more work needs to be undertaken by future researchers. 

2. For further reading on the caudate and putamen areas of the brain click here.  

Friday, January 11, 2019

Documents located from that 1955 "secret" UAP study by Douglas Aircraft Company

Background

In a recent blog post, I noted that there had been a "secret" UAP study by the then Douglas Aircraft Company, around 1955. I just came across a further reference to this study, in Jacque Vallee's "Forbidden Science: Volume 1" page 286. In a diary heading of "Chicago Friday 30 June 1967," Vallee wrote:

"Now I am reading a letter to ATIC signed by  A H Rochlen, public relations vice-president, summarizing an independent analysis that was done by the Douglas Aircraft Corporation "within the framework of a study...having to do  with unconventional propulsion methods."

The study was headed up by Dr W B Klemperer, chief engineer of their missile division. The report was distributed to R M Baker and A M Chop, the same man who was in touch with Keyhoe in the early years and eventually became the spokesman for Project Blue Book. What was he doing on the staff of Douglas and what was the study of "unconventional propulsion?"

The report

I wondered if it would be possible to locate a copy of the final report by Wolfgang Benjamin Klemperer? So, firstly I looked to see if papers by Klemperer had been archived somewhere. I found that the American Heritage Center, of the University of Wyoming, had 5.73 cubic feet, 10 boxes of his papers.  This collection "includes correspondence, photographs, reports and other materials regarding his career as an aviator and aeronautical engineer."

The University of Wyoming website has an inventory of these papers. However, a search through the inventory, although mentioning report titles such as "Report SM-11827: Preliminary Design of an Experimental World-Circling Spaceship" May 2, 1946, doesn't list a circa 1955 report on "unconventional propulsion."

A wider search

However, when I conducted an Internet search using the keywords "W B Klemperer and unconventional propulsion" I came across a PDF which contained six documents from the study. I image these below:









Image one is a cover sheet with the title "MTM-622 Unconventional propulsion schemes Part 2 REV 3-1-55."

Image two is a memo dated March 1, 1955 from W B Klemperer to E P Wheaton. It refers to them collecting papers on Unconventional Propulsion Systems. "Our studies of the possible merit or significance of occasionally appearing publications concerning Unconventional Propulsion Systems have been carefully continuing since the first memo (MTM-622) about the progress to mid-December 1954."

"Several more occasions were had to talk personally with people about the subject. Two such interviews are abstracted, one with Dr C B Millikan and the other with Captain W T Sperry of American Airlines who encountered a UFO in flight in 1950...We have also looked at a few typical "Flying saucer" books...A print of a color film tracking two Unidentified Foreign Objects near Missoula, Montana was obtained. It is now being analyzed by Iconolog techniques..."

Notes:

1. Dr Clark Blanchard Millikin was a Professor of Aeronautics at the Californian Institute of Technology.

2. Loren E Gross' 1993 work, "UFOs: A History" January to April 1956, pp 75-76 has a piece about this film. Gross writes that:

"For 18 months (!) Dr Klemperer's special assistant Dr Robert M L Baker, studies the Montana and Utah films...using equipment available at the University of Southern California and the Douglas Aircraft company."

Gross reproduces a letter from the Douglas Aircraft Company to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base about the film.


Baker's report, according to the 2012 work "UFOs and Government: An Historical Inquiry" (Anomalist Books, San Antonio) by Swords, M. et al, was "Photogrammatic Analysis of the "Montana" film Tracking Two UFOs," published by Douglas Aircraft, March 1956.

Image three is page 2 of the above memo.It talks about Project Winterhaven, and lists three new appendices. 1) Astronautics literature review; 2) Interviews with Hershberger; Millikin and Sperry; 3) "Saucer" books read.

Image four is a memo dated December 20, 1954 from Klemperer to Wheaton listing publications obtained re unconventional propulsion schemes. It includes "the following has been accomplished during November and the first half of December 1954."

Image five is page two of this memo listing types of unconventional propulsion ideas.

Image six is page three of this memo summarising interviews conducted with professionals, about unconventional propulsion schemes.

Further documentation

On another website I found  a piece titled "Full text of "1950's Top Secret Propulsion Documents Declassified Douglas Aircraft," and thought, is this the full study report? However, it turns out to be a part of the "Astronautical Literature Review" mentioned above, and not the full study.

On yet another website  I found 5PDF's of documents from the study:

PDF 1 was the 6 pages imaged above.

PDFs 2-5 are 42 pages from the "Astronautical Literature Review" section of the full report.

Study participants

From the above material it is possible to list study participants. I provide links to information about them, where possible. They were:

Wolfgang Benjamin Klemperer.

Elmer P Wheaton.

Theodore Jay Gordon.

Dave Crook.

A M Rochlen.

Distribution list 

One of the memos also lists people who received a copy of that memo. These are shown below, with links where possible:

H Aurand.

R Demoret.

J B Edwards.

Earl Schuyler Kleinhans.

T A Tvaas

Harold T Luskin.

CC Martin.

Barry Greenwood

At this point, I thought that I had obtained all the documents which I could, but deciding to be through I emailed the NICAP forum and asked if anyone had a copy of the full report? Next day, I received an email from Boston based researcher Barry Greenwood, our subject's premier historian. Barry sent me a 100 page PDF of documents from the study. These were:

Page 1: Cover sheet. Pages 2-84 labelled "Appendix I" were an expanded version of the "Astronautics Literature Review"; pages 85-91were labelled "Appendix II" Interviews with Dr W D Herschberger; Dr Clark B Millikin andCaptain Willys T Sperry; pages 92-100 were labelled "Appendix III" Review of Flying Saucer books. The following are some selected images of documents.





William Tompkins

In 2016, an individual named William Tompkins came forward discussing his knowledge of UFOs and ETs. He was interviewed by radio show host Jeff Rense on 30 November 2016 and again on 9 December 2016. Links to these interviews are given below.

http://rense2.gsradio.net/rense/special/rense_113016_hr1.mp3

http://rense2.gsradio.net/rense/special/rense_113016_hr2.mp3

http://rense2.gsradio.net/rense/special/rense_113016_hr3.mp3

For my take on Tompkins book, please see my blog post  It should also be noted that Tompkin's name does not appear in any of the documents relating to the study, which I have seen.

In summary

The documentation so far located re the Douglas Aircraft Company 1954-1955 study of "Unconventional Propulsion Schemes/Systems" comprises:

* Memorandum dated 20 December 1954 - a progress report for November to the first half of December 1954.

* Memorandum dated 1 March 1955 - a progress report to 1 March 1955.

* Appendices I - Aeronautical Literature Review; II - Interviews; III - Review of "Saucer" books.

* References to an analysis of the Montana movie.

It does show, that as part of the study they were interested in reviewing evidence for the topic of UFOs.

However, what we still lack is any sort of final report. I would welcome communication from any blog reader who might have this document.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Two AATIP related conferences in March 2019


Scientific Coalition for UFOlogy

The Scientific Coalition for UFOlogy will hold a conference on the subject of Anomalous Aerospace Phenomena, between 15-17 March 2019, in Huntsville, Alabama, in the USA.

The SCU's website states that the "SCU is an organization composed of affiliate members from science, engineering, astronomy, psychology, chemistry, military and other disciplines with many holding PhDs, BS, BA degrees.

"SCU seeks to hold this conference in the hopes of bringing together other serious minded attendees from Redstone Arsenal, NASA, military defense contractors and academia in order to have serious dialogue about the subject and how science can progress in studying the phenomena."

Speakers

The keynote speaker is Luis Elizondo, former program manager for the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP.)

Other speakers are:

Dr Travis Taylor, Department of Defense: "A scientific approach to analyzing and preparing for an alien invasion."

Mr Philippe Ailleris, Project Controller, European Space Agency. "Detection and characterization of anomalous aerial objects using satellite data imagery."

Mr Robert Powell, SCU: "2004 USS Nimitz case report."

Mr Peter Reali, SCU: "2004 USS Nimitz case physics."

Mr Richard Hoffman, SCU: "2013 Aguadilla Puerto Rico case technical review."

S A Little, SCU: "Unidentified submersible object (USO) reports, creating a database for cluster analysis."

Additional panel members include: Dr C Powell, Senior Engineer/scientist at Davidson Technologies, Inc.


This conference will be held between 24-30 March 2019 in Laughlin, Nevada, and is being organised by a group including Robert Brown, Lorien Fenton and Gordon Pekrul.

There are currently 42 "speakers & guests" listed on the website, including UAP researchers; experiencers; military witnesses and others.

On the topic of military encounters/AATIP related speakers and guests, these include:

Gary P Voorhis who was a fire control-man and Aegis technician aboard the USS Princeton in November 2004, who will be interviewed as part of a panel of military witnesses.

Kevin Day, radar operator on the USS Princeton in November 2004 during the Nimitz encounters. Day will present a talk titled "The Nimitz Tic Tac encounter revealed -the incredible behind the scenes story."

Daniel Sheehan will speak on "To the Stars Academy quandary" Should the UFO community support a national security state-staff who seek to convince the world that UFOs are "real" but constitute " a threat to the national security of our country" in exchange for these government experts finally "giving credence" to "the reality of UFOs."

Patrick "JP" Hughes was a second class Petty Officer attached to the VAW-117 squadron onboard the USS Nimitz in November 2004. Hughes will be interviewed as part of the panel of military witnesses.

Robert Kiviat

Now, regular blog readers will be familiar with Voorhis; Day; Sheehan and Hughes. However, there is an additional speaker of interest, Robert Kiviat.

According to the UFO MegaCon website, Kiviat worked with the FOX network to "establish its alternative TV department" which produced a range of paranormal and UFO documentaries.

Of interest to me, is the following UFO MegaCon website writeup about his recent research:

"Currently, Robert is developing an unprecedented TV docu-series that expands on a December 17, 2017 New York Times "Front Page" investigation which ushered in a new UFO era by reporting that the Pentagon firmly believes UFOs recently filmed by military cameras might be alien spacecraft posting a real and present global danger.

'Presentation
New "official" era of UFOs exposed: An "Embedded" TV journalist on the Trail of Truth.

Network TV investigative producer Robert Kiviat, best known for creating widely-watched Prime Time documentary TV specials concerning UFOs, ETs and other unexplained phenomena, reveals shocking discoveries he made while working under contract for a CIA supported operation tied to the December 2017 New York Times Pentagon UFO disclosure story that essentially confirmed UFOs are real and could be a global threat.

Kiviat, who was recruited in 2018 by a company backed by a top CIA scientist to create entertainment products aimed at extolling the virtues of anti-gravity development and UFO research, explains how he was  soon manipulated to refocus his efforts on competing with the To The Stars Academy (TTSA) for Hollywood projects, with the gaol of making people believe UFOs (or UAPs) are related to interdimensional "portals" and human consciousness rather than beings from distant planets.

Via a riveting, play-by-play account, Kiviat takes the audience through his harrowing 18 month odyssey filled with intrigue, deceit, obfuscation and incredibly, the eventual realization that rival factions within the US Defense Department and U S Intelligence agencies are battling each other for dominance to the public what UFOs represent.

Are they harbingers of doom, the Apocalypse or heaven on Earth? Maybe something in between? Find out for yourself, as Kiviat unveils stunning new video evidence of mysterious activity, occurring at locations around the world, provided by official sources and independent "experiencers.""

Comment

I read this, in short, as Kiviat saying that in 2018 he was recruited by a company, backed by a top CIA scientist, to create entertainment products about anti-gravity and UFOs. He did this in competition with the TTSA, in support of interdimensional portals and consciousness as the source of UFOs. What to make of the above, ahead of his actual presentation?

In a blog post dated 2 January 2019 I reported on the interests and research of one Joseph P Firmage, and his International Academy of Science and Arts (IASA.)

I located a January 2018 IASA media release speaking of the launch of its Studios Division. The Division was reportedly making a "Prime Time"TV docu-drama series about X-files type events. In addition, IASA's research was said to have the "backing of a top U.S. Intelligence agency..."

I wondered, if the company which recruited Kiviat, was none other than Joe Firmage's IASA?

Jimmy Church interview

My attention was drawn to a reference to an interview between Jimmy Church and Robert Kiviat, on episode 953 of "Fade to Black" dated 19 November 2018.

During this interview, Kiviat said that the mainstream media had picked up on the December 17 2017 New York Times article, and that was a good thing. But the thought that the article failed to follow up on such things as:

* If money went to Bigelow, why the lack of interest by the NYT in the Skinwalker Ranch?

* The NYT did not look into the background of Hal Puthoff, and Puthoff's connections with the CIA.

* If $22M was spent, what other moneys are there out there?

* What about private industry and black budget money?

His research led him to the same old names - Hal Puthoff; Kit Green; Ron Pandolfi and Joe Firmage.

Speaking of the TTSA, Kiviat said that he didn't understand the focus on TTSA; when they were just an entertainment company. Why are they holding back information?

Kiviat went on to say that at the same time as the TTSA launch (17 October 2017-KB) he wanted to find a company involved in ant-gravitic research. He found one. He found they had no funding, but they were led by a very good visionary. Looking around for a possible helper for that company. He came across Joe Firmage. "I contacted Joe" and asked him what is your company about? Firmage said anti-gravity device. I have good support from an intelligence agency, support from them for 20 years.

Joe said to Kiviat; I'd love you to join the company and help us with communications and help us build an entertainment studio that will dole out content, movies, TV about anti-gravitic physics; might lead to other forms of propulsion and energy. Kiviat stated "I bought into that" and signed a contract with Joe Firmage.

Kiviat then said that he couldn't talk about his relationship with Joe Firmage over the past year. The company is having financial difficulties. I am trying to find out if there is support for Joe's device. I think Joe will step up eventually.

Kiviat said that he had contacted TTSA but that TTSA never got back to him, and they did a deal with another TV network.

In summary

Here then, you have quite a bit of detail as to what Kiviat's MegaCon's talk will be about.

Aerospace companies and secret UAP studies


Aerospace companies

I wondered if there had been any "secret" studies of UAP, undertaken by aerospace companies? So, I searched the UFO literature looking for any such studies. I came across the following:

Douglas Aircraft: 1955

In "Forbidden Science: Volume 2" p 336, Jacques Vallee has a diary entry which reads:

"Belmont. Saturday 15 May 1976.

...I got an interesting call from a vice-president with Environmental Systems in Van Nuys who'd read Invisible College. As early as 1955 he belonged to a UFO group at Douglas Aircraft in Santa Monica. He worked there with Wheaten (now at Lockheed, in the submarine division) Ted Gordon, Klemperer and Dave Crook. They were asked by McDonnell management to assess cases from Blue Book, complete with photos and films. Their conclusion, which they were asked to "forget," was that the objects used multi-dimensional physics. He now claims they found no less than 2,000 sites in Owen Valley alone, including places where objects seem to go in and out of the solid ground."

McDonnell-Douglas: 1966-1970

Robert M Wood wrote an article in 2008, titled "McDonnell Douglas studied UFOs in 1960's" (MUFON Journal, October 2008, pp3-9.


Wood revealed the existence of a Project "BITBR" ("Boys in the Back Room".) During a management meeting in 1966 Wood said "...but the facts are that the UFO are indeed alien craft, and they have figured out some sort of gravity control device, as evidenced by their right-angled and high-g turns. So, the ONLY question in my mind is whether we are going to figure out how they work before or after Lockheed!"

So, McDonnell Douglas "opened up an account with an inspired title (Advanced Concepts) and internally called it the BITBR project...with this background we started a project to try to approach developing a gravity control device, principle or evidence."

Project staff

* Joseph M Brown - who looked at the theoretical work - faster than light travel.



* Chan Thomas - "tremendous innovative mind. He was a total 'out of the box' thinker and a psychic.


* Paul Wilson - a retired detective to interview witnesses and assemble equipment for a company van to perform field work to observe and record UFOs - with no success.

*Stanton Friedman - to search the UFO literature looking for clues - which technologies to pursue. (June 1969-June 1970.)


* Darrell Harmon - part time consultant - PhD in Physics.

* Leon Steinert - a part time mathematician "concentrated on theoretical soundness."

* Harvey Bjornlie - part time experimentalist.


Laboratory experiments

1. Can the speed of light be affected by a large magnetic field? Null results.

2. Any change in forces by spinning bar magnets in a number of different orientations with respect to gravity. Null results.

Government contact

"The only contact with the Government about the project came towards the end in the spring of 1970, when there was interest expressed by one of the intelligence agencies. This resulted in a draft proposal to "mimic, imitate, or duplicate the observables associated with UFOs." We called this potential opportunity Project Skylite, and prepared a good deal of technical information in anticipation of contract work. It never materialised with McDonnell Douglas to my knowledge."

The project in total spent about US $500,000 over four years. Click here for a short YouTube of Wood discussing the project. To read the documents which came out of  the Project, click here.

McDonnell-Douglas: 1974-1978 (?)

Again, Jacques Vallee's "Forbidden Science: Volume 2" p 412 states:

"Belmont. Thursday 5 January 1979

"...Yesterday I received a phone call from a fellow who works with McDonnell-Douglas Astronautics. He told me that, "on a private basis," he was compiling a new close encounter database. I am not stupid enough to believe his company has no corporate interest in the matter. They have an on-going secret project, well-funded, with the blessing and official monitoring of the CIA and they're discreetly connected with major UFO groups, all of which love the secret intrigue of a link to the spooks..."

Page 440 also states:

"Belmont. Sunday 15 October 1978.

McDonnell-Douglas is continuing the quiet but well-funded study with John Scheussler, also monitored by the agency. They seem to be looking for exotic alloys."

Addition:14 January 2019

[Source: Andrus, W H. 1973. "Report on 1897 Aurora, Texas, Investigation." MUFON Skylook, number 70, September 1973, p8.

Samples of materials found on the site of the alleged Aurora "crash" were sent "to John F Scheussler, Deputy Director of MUFON and Consultant in Aeronautics,on June 15. They have been submitted to laboratories of McDonnell Douglas in St Lois for their expert aanalysis."


Lockheed (Martin)

I found no references to a publicly known Lockheed (Martin) UAP research study. However, in Vallee's "Forbidden Science: Volume 3" there is a diary entry for Tuesday 29 August 1989 which refers to a Lockheed employee, Ron Blackburn. 

"Blackburn's ambitions in UFO research are very classic: He wants to compute mass and acceleration for physical UFOs, knowing the observed weight on the ground traces - the usual solid, engineering approach. It's a good plan, but would he bother with such hypothetical stuff if Lockheed held the real thing in a lab somewhere?"

On an Internet site  there is a statement that "Dr Ron Blackburn was a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Air Force, and he has investigated UFOs for the Air Force and Military contractors." On another site  it is revealed that Dr Blackburn was a participant in the mid 1980's Advanced Theoretical Physics Project run by John B Alexander. This participation was confirmed in Alexander's 2011 book, "UFOs:Myths, Conspiracies & Realities." 

There are numerous references to Ben Robert Rich, who joined the Lockheed Martin's, Advanced Development Project, and his reported statements about UFOs. But despite this, I couldn't locate details of any alleged UAP studies.

In addition, a former Lockwood Martin engineer, Boyd Bushman is said to have made a deathbed confession in 2014, about his knowledge of aliens and UFOs at area 51. Again, though no evidence of an actual study program. 

Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies (BAASS): 2007-2012 (?)

BAASS received a several year contract from the US Defense Intelligence Agency under solicitation HHM402-08-R-0211 in September 2008 said to have been for at least US$M10. Details may be read in a series of blog posts at http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com

Aerospace company Lockheed-Martin was reported to have also been a bidder for the contract, according to Las Vegas journalist George Knapp in 2018.

Other aerospace companies

I located nothing about UAP research studies involving Boeing Aerospace; Northrop Grunman, or Collins Aerospace (formerly UTC Aerospace Systems and Rockwell Collins.)

In the United Kingdom, British Aerospace Systems is a large aerospace company. Between the late 1980's and around 2005, it ran a small office, named Project Greenglow. It was staffed by British engineer, Ronald Evans, who was looking to see if somehow it was possible to control gravity, thus resulting in a new era for aircraft propulsion. No real results came from the Project.  

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Did someone remove data about the 2004 Nimitz encounter?

Background

Thanks to a lead from US researcher Curt Collins, I have located some older material concerning the reporting of an incident, which most researchers have suggested was a slightly veiled reference to the 14 November 2004 Nimitz encounter. However, in view of recent discussions about the "seizure" of data about the 2004 event, it seems relevant to now revisit this older material in light of these recent claims.


A post, dated "5 years ago" appeared on the reddit website at the link shown above. It was posted by username "u/anon-402." It read:

"My UFO Encounter/Exposure While on Board an Aircraft Carrier in the Military (No Pics, Only story.)

I decided to create an account to tell this story of my experience I had while onboard an aircraft carrier far from the coast of California in the Pacific.

*FIRST OFF, I am relaying information and supporting circumstances, I did not see a UFO personally. However, it is an interesting story.

I am intentionally going to be vague about certain specifics just to protect my identity, although this information was never told to be kept secret and was widespread.

During a one or two month work-up on an aircraft (word missing -KB - carrier?) in the Pacific Ocean we encountered a UFO. For those that are unfamiliar "work-ups" are training exercises in preparation for deployment. So, the ship will deploy for anywhere from 2-8 weeks, and let the pilots get aircraft carrier experience.

So, we were on a routine "work-up" in the Pacific Ocean. However, this work-up involved multiple carriers and battleships in a rather large exercise. I have zero recollection of the time in the work-up that the encounter occurred, but I believe it was a few weeks in.

I was attached to an F-18 squadron and worked in a technical capacity, as opposed to working on the flight deck. For 3 days in a row now, an Operations Officer noticed an aircraft breaching our restricted airspace. The aircraft was travelling at a low speed at around 20,000 feet. The first 2 days the aircraft was observed, it disappeared from radar after a few minutes before being able to investigate. In preparation for this aircraft, the carriers had F-18s ready to scramble.

On the 3rd sighting, a formation of around 10 (very rough guess but it was a large group) F18c & d's scrambled to the location to investigate including my Commanding Officer.

This is where the story becomes hard to believe and almost silly to tell.

According to the pilots and confirmed by a friend in intel, when they encountered the aircraft it had disappeared from sight. However, there was a large disturbance in the ocean below and it was assumed that the aircraft crashed. So, the strike group circled the area and inspected the scene. Ok, crazy part now, an object that was described by multiple pilots and a friend in intel, as resembling a very large "tic-tac."

Sounds like the ultimate troll job, I know. So, the "tic-tac" oval object lifted from the water. Out of fear or impulse (I have no idea) our pilots decided to engage the object. After lifting from the water and sitting briefly, the object flew at a speed that none of the pilots had ever encountered. It was just gone."

Comments:

1. Could one deduce that anon-402 was a member of Strike Force Squadron 41, and that the mention of "Commanding Officer" refers to David Fravor?

2. You can see why most researchers who have come across this account suggest that it is a slightly distorted version of the November 2004 Nimitz encounters.

Seizure of data

"The incident was not classified in secrecy. The entire carrier was buzzing with rumours. I was not able to see the CON/NAV actual flight recording, so I was very skeptical. Things get dull in the middle of the ocean and it is not uncommon for troll jobs. So I wasn't exactly sold.

That night in the berthing I asked a very close friend in intel if he could confirm the legitimacy of the film. Without speaking, he gestured that it was correct. So, my skepticism began to fade and the next day a group of individuals were "cod'ed" onto the carrier and they retrieved all the tapes. I can confirm that they cod'ed onto the ship, but the seizure of tapes came from people that work in those shops...(bit about Russian fighter sightings omitted - KB.)

I don't want to go into details about dates, ship-name, my job etc although I don't think it matters, we weren't told to be quiet and it was pretty wide-spread (minus certain details I acquired through discussions.)

Comment:

Note that anon-402 states that "a group of individuals were "cod'ed" onto the carrier" meaning they came in on a daily light aircraft flight that brought people to and from the carrier. Also that  "we weren't told to be quiet."

Later, in "Comments" on the reddit site about this post, anon-402 added:

"The individuals that took our data were American and not in military uniforms. They were also very well dressed. My shop personally had pertinent data that was collected. They did not personally collect it from me, but it was given to my supervisor and after he brought the required data, he was pretty vocal on his return about how unusual this is/was.

In another "Comment":

"I didn't talk to any radar analysts. I believe (not positive at all) that we only had 1 radar analyst's position in my squadron...this is our Ops O or  Operations Officer...My Commanding Officer put our squadron into formation and our Ops O and CO explained that the numerous rumours were accurate. The description of "tic-tac" was directly from my Commanding Officer's mouth...just to give more specific information, I was onboard the USS Nimitz during the encounter. My job was to strip the black boxes from every plane...Although I did not see the actual film, I replayed the flight in a 3d computer generated re-enactment. All of the evidence I could gather from my technical position verified the story."

In summary

Make of the above account what you will. On the surface it seems to be a recall of the events of the November 2004 Nimitz encounter, but anon-402, although giving some excellent clues to their identity, never revealed their real name.

Can any blog reader who was on the USS Nimitz comment on any aspect of the above account?

Thursday, January 3, 2019

New information - the 2004 Nimitz encounter - latest interview with Dave Fravor

The tic tac

David Fravor, was Commander, Strike Force Squadron 41, stationed aboard the USS Nimitz, aircraft carrier, when it was conducting exercises off the coast of Mexico, in November 2004. He was one of two fighter aircraft pilots, together with two weapon system officers, who observed an object which has become known as the "tic tac."

New Fravor interview



A new interview with him. being interviewed by a colleague who was also aboard the USS Nimitz at that time, has just been released as a podcast.  Although I have heard several interviews with Fravor, this is the one which contains the best technical details behind the event, as the interviewer was also on the ship at the time.

The following points are pieces of information from the podcast. I'm sure that someone will provide us all with a transcript of the whole interview, but there are some interesting new pieces of data.

* Fravor and his aircrew never signed any non disclosure agreements.

* One day late last year he received a phone call from the other pilot who flew with him that day of 14 November 2004. This other pilot, asked Fravor if he had talked about the tic tac incident lately? The other pilot said that they had been interviewed by the Pentagon about five times of late. Fravor told the other pilot to give the Pentagon people his name and they should give him a call.

Note: To read a detailed statement by the second pilot, published by the To The Stars Academy, click here.

* Fravor then spoke to Luis Elizondo, after Elizondo left the Pentagon. Elizondo asked Fravor to be involved with a piece that the New York Times were researching. Initially Fravor said n, then agreed. Fravor met with Leslie Keane and Helene Cooper and told them his story.

* Then the New York Times article came out, 16 December 2017 electronically, followed the next day by the print version. He received calls from numerous media outlets.

* Fravor stated that he had both the radar tape and the FLIR video copied and put in a safe for safe keeping. However, later when the exercises had finished, somehow both copies went missing.

* Fravor then mentioned that when he was briefing the second flight crew that day, one of the other pilots said that they would see if they could video the tic tac. This was the pilot who took the FLIR video which has been circulating since 16 December 2017. Fravor openly stated that this pilot's name was Chad "nuts" Underwood.

* Fravor mentioned that in 2008 the guy who had been his WSO on the 14 November 2004 tic tac flight, had contacted him to tell him that the FLIR video was on a website. Fravor said that the FLIR video then appeared on Youtube but this version had since disappeared from there.

Around the same time, in 2008, "Cheeks  had called me at the same time and said hey we are doing some stuff and we have a client that likes to investigate stuff like this, can we do it? I said, yeh, yeh, yeh. I had another friend that I had talked to because of the phone call that was prompted by Cheeks. I was talking to her, and..,said is there anything you can find out?...About  a month later, got a call from a guy said hey we are going to investigate this thing. So they actually did. There's a report that just got released, that Harry Reid released, the former Senator from Nevada, that was actually, I like to call it the unofficial, official report - wasn't an official report just done to capture some of this...actually pretty well done, there are a few inaccuracies in it...it was five years after the event."

Note: "Cheeks" was the call-sign of then Lt Col Douglas S Kurth, pilot and Commanding Officer of Marine Hornet Squadron VM-232. Kurth went to work for Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies, in December 2007. It was Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies who received the contract from the Defense Intelligence Agency in September 2008 to work on the Agency's Advanced Aerospace Weapon System Applications Program. 

* The pilot who took the FLIR video, Chad "nuts" Underwood deliberately went through all the FLIR modes; both TV and infra-red when he took the video. Fravor stated that he saw the high definition version of the FLIR video, shortly after it was taken.

* Asked by the interviewer, "what did you see that day?" Fravor stated he didn't know. But that we have nothing that reacts that quickly in terms of maneuvers.

* Fravor then mentioned a 2015, off the East Coast of the US incident. Fravor stated that there were NOTAMS issued that there were objects out there at that time. "One of the airplanes in the squadron almost hit one. Went 100 feet down the side. They were in section and it went down the side, and they came back and said it looks like a ball with a cube inside of it, like a square that has an aura round it..."

Note: The last details are completely new to me. I have never heard of the near miss incident before.

In summary

A fascinating detailed interview which has added a few more pieces to the tic tac puzzle.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Joseph P Firmage - the International Academy of Science and Arts - and beyond

Introduction

Years before there was the To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science there was another Academy with a similar name and some common aims. This blog post will explore this other Academy and the individual behind it, Joseph P Firmage. 

Background

Way back in May 2011, my co-blogger Pauline Wilson, wrote a piece about Joe Firmage. In summary it read:

Joseph Firmage was born in 1970 in the USA, and became an Internet entrepreneur at an early age. He and others, formed a company called US Web in 1997. However, in 1999, Firmage left the US$2 billion company, after widely expressing his views on the UFO phenomenon. He then began a very public campaign to attract readers to an online book, he called "The Truth."

In this book, he talked about alien visitations; intergalactic travel, and a host of unconventional theories about science and economics. Firmage stated that the inspiration for the book came from his own "encounter", "authentic" Majestic 12 documents, and the 1947 Roswell crash.

Source:https://www.linkedin.com/in/joseph-firmage-67447b68
Firmage provided details of his own "encounter." He related that one morning he woke in his room to find a human-like figure present. They conversed about space travel. One source of the story, related how an electric blue sphere came out of the figure and entered Firmage.

He went on to establish the "International Space Sciences Organisation" "dedicated to raising awareness of future technological breakthroughs, consciousness, and future civilizations."

Amazon

A look at the Amazon Books website, reveals a numbers of books by Firmage, they include:

"The Truth." 22 February 1997.

"I am." 1 December 2001. Publisher: Universecity Press, but marked "Not yet released."

"Revolution in  Physics." 7 December 2011. Publisher: XLibris US. 142pp.

"Evolving economics." 15 December 2011. Publisher: XLibris US. 102pp.

"Life Time Tree." 9 September 2012. Publisher: Academy of Science and Arts. 536pp.

LinkedIn

His LinkedIn profile, provides his career background and companies that he has been associated with. These are listed as:

Motion Physics CEO
January 2000 to the present.
Greater Salt Lake City area.
Leading team of researchers in advanced physics with a focus on propulsion, energy and material sciences. Operations have also been conducted under distinct related entities California Institute for Physics and Astrophysics, International Space Sciences Organization and Motion Sciences.

ManyOne CEO
October 2001 to the present
Create the world's first "real" Internet economic operating system.

International Academy of Science and Arts CEO
January 2010 to the present
Phoenix, Arizona
Advanced Physics research...Television and cinematography production.

International Academy of Science and Arts (IASA)

A visit to the website of the International Academy of Science and Arts reveals five areas of interest:

1. Motion Physics.
2. ManyOne.
3. Sustainable Ecology Institute.
4. Science Modeling Institute.
5. Internext Technology Institute.

The IASA mission is stated as:

"to help catalyze four areas of 21st century scientific discovery and social evolution: (1) new economic models ...(2) breakthrough core research and development for clean energy and propulsion technologies...(3) deployment of cutting edge general media productions...(4) collaboration on the launch of a professional consulting company firm that is similar to  history-making US Web..."

Motion Physics

What interested me, naturally, was the reference to "breakthrough core research and development ...propulsion technologies..."

I therefore looked through the website looking for references to "propulsion technologies." I found that the Motion Physics area had documents from between 2011 and 2015.

Here, I found a list of many papers dedicated to the topics of electromagnetic field propulsion; propellant-less propulsion, and gravity control. The authors included Dr Hal Puthoff.

Nowhere on the website did I come across a reference to "UFOs;" "UAP" or similar terminology.

2018

Firmage's LinkedIn profile page contained a number of press releases which update his story, including:

11 January 2018 InterNASA [International Academy of Science and Arts -KB] launches its Studies Division.

" On the "Prime Time" TV front, eye opening "event" specials and a riveting docu-drama series based on 40 plus years of intriguing historical events involving underlying institutions resulting in InterNASA's formation - which fans of the X-Files will surely embrace - are slated for production and release this year."

"InterNASA'sground breaking physics research and testing of exotic propulsion and highly advanced science and technology has the keen interest and backing of a top U.S. Intelligence Agency, affirmed by a recent letter from a senior government Intelligence official stating "Joe Firmage has held a long and good standing history of service to the U.S. Government and its agencies, the recognition of which is well understood, held in high regard, and we look forward to continuing that relationship."

Late 2018

A new Firmage website was launched, called manyonecentral A look at the new website reveals many of the same components as have been mentioned above. There is a link to the existing International Academy of Science and Arts,  website, and a timeline of Manyone. Again, I failed to find any mention of the words "UFOs:" "UAP" or simialr terms.

So

So, twenty years ago an individual named Joseph P Firmage, had an "encounter;" wrote a book titled "The Truth" and marketed it and its concepts very widely. Over the next ten years he set up a series of organizations like the "California Institute for Physics and Astrophysics;" "International Space sciences Organization;" "International Academy of Science and Arts;" etc etc. and published a series of books.  Then in 2018 re-emerges to continue talking about revolutions in physics, and economics, via a revamped ManyOne website.

Joe Firmage's International Academy of Science and Arts seemed a fore runner for Tom Delonge's To The Stars Academy of Arts and Science. Both have an entertainment thrust, and an interest in exotic propulsion technologies. Whereas, TTSA is open about its interest in UFOs; IASA it seems, is now silent about that topic.

Further information

Bio

"The Truth."

Youtube interview

Youtube Joe Firmage device

Images of briefing slides for the Advanced Aerospace Threat and Identification Program revisited

A "lapse in security" On 7 August 2018, a story broke*, that there had been a "lapse in security" on a certain US web...