Friday, November 8, 2019

Robust response needed on US Navy UFO incidents?

By Steve Hammons
 
More information gathering and coordination of efforts are needed to respond to reports that U.S. Navy aircraft carrier strike groups have encountered UFOs at sea, according to a national security professional.
 
The headline of his article on The Hill website Nov. 2 says a lot: “The Navy acknowledges UFOs — so why aren't they on Washington's radar?” In the article, Christopher Mellon warns that a serious threat has possibly emerged and he urges government leaders, including those in Congress, to begin a robust response promptly.
 
Mellon has held positions in the Department of Defense related to intelligence, security and information activities, and was minority staff director of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
 
He explains in his article that the recently-released video from Navy fighter jets is part of a much bigger story. Mellon writes, “In what could be a precursor to further stunning developments, the U.S. Navy has publicly acknowledged that the advanced aircraft depicted in several recently declassified gun-camera videos are UFOs, or what the Navy prefers to call ‘Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon’ (UAPs).”
 
Mellon plainly states that “bizarre vehicles” have “brazenly operated in restricted U.S. military airspace.” He says we have a situation “with ample warning lights flashing.”
 
‘UAP’ SITUATIONAL AWARENESS
 
Government officials and other leaders need to start taking this situation seriously, Mellon says. He asks, “Is the information too jarring and radical to process? Are U.S. government officials in denial?”
 
What’s worrying Mellon? He describes the highly unusual characteristics that these unknown objects or phenomena have reportedly demonstrated. “The vehicles observed and recorded by U.S. Navy fighter pilots seem impervious to altitude or the elements; they are able to maneuver above 80,000 feet,” he explained.
 
“They can hover and then instantly accelerate to supersonic and even hypersonic speeds; they have very low radar cross-sections and use a means of propulsion and control that does not appear to involve combustion, exhaust, rotors, wings or flaps.”
 
Mellon lays out the obvious problematic conclusion: “Since the Navy asserts these are not U.S. aircraft, we are confronted by the daunting prospect that a potential adversary of the United States has achieved the ability to render our most sophisticated aircraft and air defense systems obsolete.”
 
Although some members of Congress have received briefings on these incidents, the appropriate committees should begin addressing the situation now, Mellon tells us. He notes, “Some congressional oversight committees have asked for and received briefings, but none has held a hearing, either open or closed; none has appropriated funds for collection or analysis; none has even asked for a report or a threat assessment.”
 
And while politicians and officials in Washington remain under-informed about the seriousness of the situation, others are recognizing the potential danger. Mellon says, “I’ve interviewed numerous active-duty and retired military personnel who have encountered these mysterious vehicles. Without exception they express grave concern for their colleagues and near disbelief that our government is not reacting more vigorously.”
 
To put the current situation in context, Mellon compares it to other historical national security tragedies. “Indeed, examination of major US intelligence failures — from Pearl Harbor to the 9/11 terrorist attacks and Iraqi WMD — shows that, in each case, we had information that, properly analyzed and acted upon, could have prevented disaster. We’re at a similar place today, with ample warning lights flashing but no effective effort to pool relevant data from the myriad services and agencies that possess it.”
 
IMPROVED UNDERSTANDING NEEDED
 
Mellon advocates coordination of current information resources throughout the U.S. government to acquire more understanding of the phenomena – and if a threat to the U.S. exists.
 
He wrote, “Why are we not analyzing the vast quantities of data already collected by America’s vast sensor networks, already bought and paid for, to see what light that data might shed on the issue? Government paralysis is something we’ve grown accustomed to on domestic matters but, when it affects national security as well, we truly are a nation at risk.”
 
We should be gathering more information, conducting research and investigation, and putting together pieces of the puzzle regarding mysterious, highly-unusual objects and phenomena, Mellon states.
 
More specifically, he warns that, “The National Reconnaissance Office, Defense Intelligence Agency, CIA, Air Force and Navy, FBI and National Security Agency — there is no place in the U.S. government where all UAP information comes together. In that regard, the present situation is akin to counterterrorism before the establishment of the National Counterterrorism Center.”
 
No need to delay for funding issues, Mellon claims. “Thankfully, new military spending is not required; we simply need to implement an effective strategy for collection and analysis using existing resources,” he writes.
 
With regard to improved coordination, analysis and use of existing resources, does this include integrating research already conducted over past decades? Common sense tells us that serious investigation of the UFO phenomena by elements of the U.S. government probably began in the 1940s, particularly after World War II.
 
Because of national security and public safety concerns, a significant amount of information has probably already been acquired over the years. Would sharing this data more widely with the defense community, Congress and the American people be helpful or problematic? Or both?