I will be continuing posts relating to the evolving relationship between Russia and the West, which shows no sign of improving – especially with Putin pursuing a fourth term. Standing up to the West has been key to the revival of his political fortunes and it seems unlikely that he will abandon that tactic. Look for an escalation of the new Russian surrogate offensive in eastern Ukraine and the potential that a miscalculation in Syria could bring about some sort of actual aerial engagement – the recent incident with an American F-22 deploying flares to warn Soviet aircraft repeatedly overflying agreed upon demarcation lines is a bad sign.
For this post I’m turning back to the recent news about the previously unknown Office of Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification which began operation in the Pentagon circa 2007, and even with funding largely cut in 2012, appears to have function at some minimal level into 2017. Even with ongoing FOIA requests from several very experienced UFO historical researchers, that office and its files was totally unknown – while it was collecting decades worth of more contemporary military related UFO incidents.
While I was able to develop some very solid indications, patterns and trends for UFO activities in regard to the American atomic warfare complex in Unidentified, that effort was hindered by the virtual end of the military reporting during the 1970’s, alleviated only by some excellent individual FOIA work from the researchers I cite in that book
Yet now we know that a new Pentagon office collected extensive reports from at least the Navy into contemporary times – the extent to which the Air Force cooperated is unclear at this point but apparently the Pentagon office may have been stonewalled by the Air Force and by NORAD. NORAD’s record for space tracking is quite good but as I pointed out in the recent west coast aircraft incident, its airspace capabilities remain somewhat questionable. Which means that reports from individual military units – such as were released along with three sets of Navy intercepts – were probably the key data being collected.
Three things stand out in this new story. First, it appears that some of the patterns I call out in Unidentified may have proved to be very consistent – in one contemporary Navy incident a cruiser observed a group of UFOs enter its airspace at 80,000 feet, apparently circling over the ship and departing again at only 20,000 feet. That sort of observation occurred repeatedly over the Navy facilities in San Diego back in the late 1940s.
Second, given the new, sophisticated sensor pods on our interceptors, the level of technical data collected during even a fruitless interception has advanced tremendously. In at least one instance sensor pods provided both video and infrared scans of an object – clearly differentiating the spectrum of emission from the body of the unknown from what appears to be a field emanating from it. This is the type of technical data that the early UFO projects fought and failed to obtain – although now it appears that the broader intelligence community is still totally uninterested in it. You can see what I’m talking about, if you have not already, at the following link:
Finally, this news once again demonstrates that an entity within the government can function – for years – collecting exactly the type of information that the public is requesting, via FOIA, while it and the data it is collecting remains totally invisible to public scrutiny and apparently totally ignored by the broader intelligence community.
Hopefully we will be able to force out some of the extensive data collected by the Pentagon Office, reportedly it prepared a 740 page report which is still not released. But even at this point, the experience confirms a point I made in Unidentified – if military intelligence studies UFOs and records no actual threat (apparently meaning no attacks or damage in the incidents) then the investigation will end up being dropped and the studies will be left at an incident by incident level, with no longer term indications analysis being conducted.
For those who may not have followed this story, the following interview is one of the most interesting views inside the program, which was apparently taken very seriously and very well staffed – although operating largely without broad reach within the overall intel community.