Days after my column on UFOs becoming a hot topic in Washington D.C., a congressman has written a letter to the secretary of the Navy formerly asking what they know about UFOs. He wants answers as to whether they are currently investigating UFOs, the nature of those efforts if they exist, and whether “private companies or foreign nations … have made significant advancements in aero physics.” The Navy has yet to make a public reply, but if they do answer, the revelations could be fascinating.
The letter is from House Representative Mark Walker from North Carolina, a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security and a ranking member of the Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism. The letter is addressed to Secretary of the U.S. Navy Richard Spencer.
“In recent days, Members of Congress and the public have seen press reports regarding unidentified aerial phenomenon (UAP) engaging with or encountering our Naval aviators,” the letter states. “The reports mention the existence of these encounters both domestically and abroad during various missions and trainings. We have also seen statements made by the Department of Defense regarding steps taken by the Navy to draft new guidelines for aviators to report these occurrences.”
In April, Politico broke the story of the U.S. Navy’s plan to rewrite their guidelines for reporting UFOs.
“There have been a number of reports of unauthorized and/or unidentified aircraft entering various military-controlled ranges and designated airspace in recent years,” the Navy told Politico. “For safety and security concerns, the Navy and the [U.S. Air Force] takes these reports very seriously and investigate each and every report.”
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Walker’s letter makes a note of this claim and goes on to state that the encounters “often involved complex flight patterns and advanced maneuvering, which demand extreme advances in quantum mechanics, nuclear science, electromagnetic, and thermodynamics.”
“If these accounts are true,” the letter continues, “the unidentified craft could pose a serious security risk to our military personnel and defense apparatus.”
The letter also suggests UAPs could “represent a tremendous opportunity for advancements in science and technology that can contribute to the public good.”
The War Zone, a defense and aviation section of the technology news website The Drive, covered controversial patents regarding theoretical aviation technologies submitted by an engineer at the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD). They note that the technology in these patents “sound eerily similar to the UFOs reported by Navy pilots in now well-known encounters.”
Could these patents have been inspired by observations made during Naval UAP encounters?
The War Zone reports that the patents were too farfetched to be approved. However, the Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of the Naval Aviation Enterprise wrote a letter defending the technology “claiming that the U.S. needs the patent as the Chinese are already ‘investing significantly’ in these aerospace technologies.”
Walker’s letter seems to reference the statement by the Navy’s CTO. Walker’s letter states: “Additionally, there have been reports of significant investments in advanced aerospace technologies like the recorded UAP encounters by China.”
Walker says he is “encouraged” by the Navy’s proactive stance of creating new UAP reporting guidelines, but his concern is no one is investigating the reports.
“These reports are concerning from a national airspace and domestic scrutiny perspective,” says Walker.
His letter cites a DoD announcement in December 2017 that the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP), “which was tasked with investigating UAP encounters,” was closed. If that is the case, Walker wants to know, does “the Department continue to dedicate resources to tracking and investigating claims?”
He also wants to know “if so, to what measure.”
Another question asked by Walker in his letter is if “the Department found physical evidence or otherwise that substantiates these claims?”
His final question is: “Lastly, does the Department have any information regarding private companies or foreign nations who have made significant advancements in aero physics?”
Walker ends the letter stating that these questions are “vital to our national security and scientific research and of significant public interest.”
Walker’s letter is dated July 16, 2019 and as of yet, there has been no public response. He makes a few significant points. The Navy says they have adjusted their guidelines, but what about their investigations into the cases that inspired the new guidelines?
The New York Times broke the story regarding the existence of AATIP. It featured the account of Luis Elizondo, a career intelligence officer who says he ran the program up until his resignation in October 2017. Although the DoD told the New York Times the program ended in 2012, Elizondo says it continued. Elizondo told me when he left the DoD, a high-level official took over running the program, and the program continues to this day under another name.
The New York Times article also gave us information regarding a UFO encounter in 2004 between Naval fighter pilots and an object described as a 40-foot white Tic Tac. The report included a video captured by a fighter jet the day of the Tic Tac encounter that supposedly shows an unidentified object. However, we do not know who analyzed that object and how they concluded the object in the video demonstrates technology beyond our own.
Hopefully, Walker’s letter will result in some answers.
Alejandro Rojas is a radio host for Open Minds Radio, editor and contributing writer for Open Minds magazine as well as OpenMinds.tv. For several years Alejandro was the official spokesperson for the Mutual UFO Network as the Director of Public Education. The views expressed in this column are those of the author.