Double dread: UFOs and nuclear war

By Dawn Stover, June 4, 2019


This is reportedly a US government video taken by the forward-looking infrared system of a Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet that encountered an unidentified aircraft off the East Coast in 2015. The fighter jet’s pilots were excited by what they saw. Credit: To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science/YouTube

As Politico first reported in late April, the US Navy “is drafting new guidelines for pilots and other personnel to report encounters with ‘unidentified aircraft,’ a significant new step in creating a formal process to collect and analyze the unexplained sightings—and destigmatize them.” In a statement to Politico, the Navy cited “a number of reports of unauthorized and/or unidentified aircraft entering various military-controlled ranges and designated air space in recent years.”

A former senior intelligence officer recently told the Washington Post that the newly drafted guidelines for pilots mean the Navy has credible evidence of things “that can fly over our country with impunity, defying the laws of physics, and within moments could deploy a nuclear device at will.”

In addition to “unauthorized and/or unidentified aircraft,” the Pentagon refers to such sightings as “unexplained aerial phenomena” or “suspected incursions.” But please don’t call them UFOs. By definition, UFOs are nothing more than unidentified flying objects, but in the popular imagination they have become closely associated with creatures from outer space. As the New York Times noted in a report last week, “No one in the Defense Department is saying that the objects were extraterrestrial, and experts emphasize that earthly explanations can generally be found for such incidents.”

Many UFOs turn out to be identifiable flying objects, atmospheric phenomena, or hoaxes. Sometimes they are secret military projects. The mother of all UFO narratives, the so-called Roswell Incident, is deeply rooted in the nation’s nuclear history.

In 1995, the US Air Force published a 994-page collection of records and information about the July 1947 incident, the alleged crash and recovery of a flying saucer and its alien occupants in a remote part of New Mexico. An Air Force Declassification and Review Team concluded that the Army Air Forces (as the Air Force was known at that time) did indeed recover material near Roswell in 1947. However, this material was debris from a secret experiment launched in the early days of the Cold War.

Called Project Mogul, the experiment was an attempt to detect Soviet nuclear weapon explosions and ballistic missile launches. Maurice Ewing, a researcher at Columbia University and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, had previously discovered an ocean layer that could easily conduct the sound of underwater explosions for thousands of miles, and he hoped to find a similar channel in the upper atmosphere. Launched from New Mexico’s Alamogordo Air Field in June 1947, Mogul was a string of weather balloons more than 600 feet long that carried acoustical sensors and oddly constructed radar-reflecting targets. Ultimately, detecting explosions with seismic sensors and air sampling proved to be more accurate and less expensive than acoustic detection. As the Air Force explained in a 1997 follow-up report, claims that alien “bodies” were recovered near Roswell, which did not begin appearing until the 1970s, were probably references to anthropomorphic test dummies carried aloft by high-altitude balloons used in unrelated scientific research.

At the time of the Roswell Incident, the nation’s only nuclear strike force was based at the Roswell Army Airfield—a closely held secret. That may have contributed to the secrecy surrounding the recovery of Project Mogul debris.

Long after the Cold War ended, some observers continue to report a pattern of suspicious UFO activity near missile silos and other nuclear weapons sites. Perhaps it is not surprising that two subjects that have long raised intense fears—nuclear war and alien invasion—should be linked.

While military sightings of unidentified aircraft are getting more attention of late, UFO sightings by the general public have actually been declining for the past few years, according to the National UFO Reporting Center and the Mutual UFO Network, two online sites that collect and analyze reports. One possible explanation: the military’s increased transparency about reporting and investigating alleged encounters.


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ajax

Hi Dawn,

Operation High-Dive, which involved the dropping of dummies from high altitude, didnt take place until well into the 1950’s, several years after the 1947 roswell incident occurred. The two could not be believably “confused” by those who were there. What military person would not recognize an aviation dummy?

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Olrik

By rehashing Roswell the author seems to be deflecting the current topic of what in the world these advanced aerospace craft are that US military pilots have been encountering with ample technical data and multiple credible witnesses to support their reports. Atomic scientists should focus their brain trust on solving this mystery rather than trying to disprove all the witnesses…

james
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Indeed. The phenomena is well established beyond any reasonable doubt!

Richard Werkhoven
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Richard Werkhoven

Yes it’s 100% true that there are things that are not identified publicly at the time of sightings.

It’s not 100% true that these things are therefore unidentified by the CIA – or by others.

and it’s certainly not true that the UFO cover up conspiracy theory is not actually a disinformation campaign.

(Work out the double negatives amongst yourselves)

Malcolm J. Brenner
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The author shows the typical writer’s inclination to turn away from the vast, well-written, well-researched literature on the subject and rely instead on the USAF info. Since the Air Force has been lying to us about this for 70 years, is this really wise? It may be momentarily comforting to think that this is all just a silly case of misidentification (over and over and OVER again, for decades) but the information from witnesses and experiencers strongly suggests that something very weird is going on on this planet. Because the objective of some aliens seems to be to breed a… Read more »

Henk Verhaeren
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Henk Verhaeren

Very interesting and convincing. Although I have seen this video some time ago. The Navy took much longer videos from these objects, it is about time the world will be able to also see the truth.

Harlan Easley
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Harlan Easley

What is so difficult to determine? We all see the UFO in the Infrared Radar and have testimony from the pilots about instantaneous acceleration and no visible exhaust system. The UFOs are clearly interested in our Military so take from that what you want. If it is not human then by simple process of elimination it is another lifeform that we are currently unaware of or simply put Aliens.

Scott Wittig
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Scott Wittig

Except these unidentified flying objects seem to nearly break laws of physics. I seriously doubt they are Russian or even skunkworks.

Ross
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Ross

This phenomena should cause a major panic attack for any rational person. ALIENS. Universal laws of physics broken. Invisibility. Yet I still sleep at night. Why? This whole thing is being ignored by the White House and the Secretary of Defense. There must be a reason for this nonreaction by the folks in the know. So, to me, they’ve been briefed on this and whatever they’ve been told let’s them sleep at night so I’m not stocking up on cases of Chef Boyardee yet. Unless a saucer lands on the Capitol Mall.

David Coston
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David Coston

One thing that’s a little terrifying is that Russia and China have new nuclear weapons and the USA (And all of NATO by default) is still relying on weapons made in the 1960’s.

If these vehicles are in fact a technology our adversary’s might posses we could be in very serious trouble someday soon.

We need to build new credible nuclear weapons ASAP, especially considering that we are actively dropping out of Arms treaty’s with Russia.

Roger Yuten
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Roger Yuten

Which military industrial complex do you work for?

Kurt
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Kurt

I don’t think we can rely on upgraded nukes to solve this matter. If any of this is to be believed then we are facing a technology that could be thousands of years ahead of anything the USA,Russians, or Chinese have in their inventory. We are at their mercy. Hopefully they are not like us. Hopefully we can someday figure out why they are here. It’s both fascinating and terrifying. Those videos were compelling. Never seen anything like it.

Sean D
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Sean D

There have been a ton of varying and modifying tall-tales offered in regards to Roswell. Mogul is one of many offered to us. The jury is out.

Richard L. Miller
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Richard L. Miller

I’m not sure what the author of this article is trying to say–or wanted to say before the editors took over. As someone who has studied America’s nuclear test program, and authored a book on it, I honestly do not see how the public’s perception of our America’s nuclear program is linked with ufo sightings. UFO sightings are a worldwide phenomenon, and while America’s first “saucer” sighting was reported in 1947, there are photos of sky objects going back to the early 20th century. Undoubtedly many of these sightings can be explained (i.e. rocket exhaust, military aircraft, drones and Venus),… Read more »

Steve Hoskinson
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Steve Hoskinson

Thank you Mr Miller for helping focus this discussion. I would be curious of Ms Stover’s response. This topic is of course fraught with excitation of opinion and baseless conjecture. Open and scientifically informed consideration is too often set aside, as in much of this article. Ms Stover has bravely begun a line of inquiry — I wonder if she might help us with her journalistic curiosity to present informed perspectives. Worthy discussion indeed! This is potentially The Story of the modern era.

Anita
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Anita

This is just more debunking and disinformation propaganda. It’s like giving with one hand and taking away with the other. Whatever they’re hiding must be getting very uncomfortable for them.

Syed Mahmud Ali
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Hello, thanks for re-circulating the F/A18 video. Has the DoD come up with an explanation of any sort relating to what the footage captured? Is any group of experts willing/able to explain what the footage showed?

will
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will

I urge the author to research the Roswell incident more deeply than the Air Force’s discredited propaganda. I found the testimonies of witnesses to the incident to be compelling. Many of the people with first hand knowledge were interviewed by Dr. Stephen Greer in his “Disclosure Project”.

Here is one of the Roswell mortician who was asked to provide coffins for three small bodies at the time of the incident; not crash dummies,.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBOY5jrOGwA

Einstoss
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Einstoss

Mr. Stover,
as Carl Jung once said, quote, I wouldnt be stupid enough to say that something doesnt exist based on the only reason that i couldnt explain it.
I hope its not the case, but as you call Roswell the ‘Mother of UFOs’ Id recomend you to read NASAs report R 277 about the so called Transient Lunar Phenomenon, and, furthermore, take a look at this, for instance….https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1561_celestial_phenomenon_over_Nuremberg
Best Regards,

Stella Arnold
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Stella Arnold

Back in the Fifties and Sixties, there were a lot of UFO reports that could have been experimental aircraft. One hardly ever hears about them anymore.

cecilie
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cecilie

This is just more debunking and disinformation propaganda. It’s like giving with one hand and taking away with the other. Whatever they’re hiding must be getting very uncomfortable for them

Rob Hemsley
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Rob Hemsley

well at least the scientists have now come to terms with the undeniable truth – that UFOs are real – sure change the name to UAP …that keeps it in their comfort zone ….next step “what are they “? we will get there eventually

Roger Yuten
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Roger Yuten

Next step: How can we increase the Pentagon budget and let military contractors steal more money from the the taxpayers?

Dan
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Dan

I think what the article is obliquely referring to is the possible miscalculation of confusing an incoming nuclear tipped missile with the mere spectacle of a UFO and its dismissal thereof. Likewise, it is remarkable that in these past 70 years it hasn’t already happened.

WOOZZY JONES
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WOOZZY JONES

THESE NEW UFO SIGHTINGS ARE JUST HYPERSONIC VEHICLES BEING TESTED
THERE HAS AND NEVER WILL BE OUTER SPACE VEHICLES FROM OTHER SPHERES
IMAGINATIONS PRODUCE UNREASONABLE FEAR, ESPECIALLY THOSE
CONCERNING WHAT IS BEYOND THE GRAVE

James Christensen
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In 1956 one of my professors in the electrical engineering department of an upstate New York college that I was attending received an Air Force contract to study high altitude sound transmission. There were several students working for him and I was one of the group. We built high power audio amplifiers which were installed in an airplane and we would launch a balloon carrying a microphone and recording equipment. During test the professor would make passes at the balloon while making a (calibrated) sound then analyze the data back at the lab. The purpose was to explore the possibility… Read more »

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