In his recent Washington Post article (9th March, 2018) Chris Mellon, former US government official and current advisor to To The Stars Academy, addresses the alleged lack of interest from the Pentagon in ongoing encounters between the US military and UFOs.
Mellon states the following,
“…might they be evidence of some alien civilization? Unfortunately, we have no idea, we aren’t even seeking answers.”
This apparent lack of interest hasn’t always been the case. Project Sign, Project Grudge and Project Bluebook, were all official US government programs to investigate UFO/UAP encounters. Project Bluebook was terminated in 1969 and it wasn’t until 2007 that an official contemporary program emerged within the US government to catalogue and document UFO/UAP encounters. The Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, also known as A.A.T.I.P. formerly headed by Luis Elizondo, also of T.T.S.A., operated using its initial lot of funding until 2012. The program, according to statements made this year by former A.A.T.I.P. scientist Eric Davis in a 28th January interview with George Knapp on Coast to Coast radio, now operates on internal funding and continues to this day.
For Mellon to head an article, ‘The military keeps encountering UFOs. Why doesn’t the Pentagon care?’ is slightly at odds with the facts though it could simply be a use of hyperbole. If this is the case, what is it that Mellon is arguing against or for? If a program still exists to study the UFO phenomena what specifically does Mellon feel needs to change?
“There is no Pentagon process for synthesizing all the observations the military is making. The current approach is equivalent to having the Army conduct a submarine search without the Navy.”
This statement alludes to an absence of consistency, aptness of investigation techniques, efficiency and centralisation in the treatment of received UFO/UAP reports, and seemingly points to the need for an umbrella organisation to be formed in which to funnel all UFO/UAP reports.
“…the task needs to be assigned to an official with the clout to compel collaboration among disparate and often quarrelsome national security bureaucracies. A truly serious effort would involve, among other things, analysts able to review infrared satellite data, NORAD radar databases, and signals and human intelligence reporting.”
Mellon describes in this statement a bureaucrat who possesses the legal authority to control policy surrounding UFO/UAP investigations throughout the entire US military and civilian population, a UFO czar. Mellon sites two impediments though to the creation of this position. One is the acceptance of the issue as a legitimate governmental concern.
“What we lack above all is recognition that this issue warrants a serious collection and analysis effort”
The other, which is not unfamiliar to anyone with an interest in UFOs, is the stigma attached to the subject…
“…nobody wants to be ‘the alien guy’ in the national security bureaucracy; nobody wants to be ridiculed or sidelined for drawing attention to the issue. This is true up and down the chain of command, and it is a serious and recurring impediment to progress”
These two hurdles are significant and will not change quickly. Perseverance could be the key and we will hopefully see both impediments erode over time as media coverage and attitudes develop.
Chris Mellon’s recent article in The Washington Post
Mellons Washington Post article
Thanks to my colleague Danny Silva for seeding the idea of this article and lending me the term ‘UFO czar’.