Sunday, March 15, 2020

‘Boomer remover’ coronavirus is bigger threat to WWII generation that saved the world

By Steve Hammons

So far, the coronavirus seems to be creating more severe illness and death among people age 60 and older, according to reports. This obviously impacts the post-World War II “baby boom” Americans (and those in other countries) who were born between 1944 and 1964, and are now around age 55-75.

Hence, the term for coronavirus, “boomer remover,” that has been circulating out there, along with the virus itself. There reportedly are approximately 76 million baby boomers in America.

Boomers are also the group that generally faced the Vietnam War (1955-1975). They fought in the war, and against it – both often with courage and honor in the face of conflicting, changing and very difficult circumstances.

But the greatest risks from coronavirus reportedly are to the World War II generation, born between 1901 and 1927. Those women and men experienced the Great Depression (1929-1933) and are now in their late 80s and 90s. They are our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents.

Oh, and by the way, in the World War II era of the mid-1940s, they helped save Planet Earth and humanity from the dire threat posed by the perverse and murderous Nazi movement then centered in 1930s and ‘40s Germany. U.S. military deaths during WWII totaled more than 405,000.


According to news reports, recently-released forecasts by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimate that, over the next year, the coronavirus could potentially infect between 160 million and 214 million people, and kill between 200,000 to 1.7 million people in the U.S.

Younger adults might think they will not be significantly medically affected by the coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease, based on current research data. However, the highly-contagious disease could be fatal for their parents and grandparents.

And recent reports from France note that half of the patients in intensive care from COVID-19 are under age 60. Preliminary medical data from Italy is also noting a significant number of cases in younger adults, somewhat in contrast to initial data from China indicating a significant risk for older adults only.

Generations X, Y and Z might be younger and, in general, healthier than Boomers and the WWII generation, but Gen X Americans are not exactly young anymore, and some Gen Y folks are pushing age 40:

- Gen X:  Approximately 82 million in U.S., born 1965-1979, currently ages 40-54.

- Gen Y: Approximately 72 million in U.S., born 1980-1994, currently ages 25-39.

- Gen Z: Approximately 74 million in U.S., born 1995-2015, currently ages 4-24.

Additionally, people of all ages should be aware and concerned about the possibility of the coronavirus mutating into a form that could impact a wider scope of people. Viruses naturally mutate, and this is a common trait of viruses.

According to some research, the coronavirus might have already mutated into two strains. Mutation could affect how easily a contagious virus can be transmitted, who it affects and how deadly it is.

Mutation can go either way – toward a less harmful or more dangerous virus.

Because there currently is no proven and approved medication, and no vaccine for coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease, a mutation in the wrong direction could be very problematic for a broader demographic of Americans.

So, there are a number of good reasons for people of all ages, backgrounds and circumstances to follow recommendations from public health officials. Today, Grandma and Grandpa are at greatest risk. Tomorrow, it could be you.

The incubation period for the coronavirus is reportedly from 2 to 14 days, though typically around 5 to 5.2 days, according to U.S. public health officials. That indicates that the virus is currently incubating in many Americans who will start experiencing symptoms in the next 10 days or so, and beyond.

That is when our hospitals and front-line health care providers could be pushed to the limit, or past the breaking point. We might run out of hospital beds, ventilators, protective gear for providers – and health care providers themselves as they become ill with COVID-19. 

If you are age 25 with pneumonia from coronavirus, and there are no medical resources to help you, what would have been a treatable condition could become fatal.


According to the CDC, their forecasts indicate that hospitalizations from coronavirus could range from 2.4 million to 21 million people. In the U.S. currently, there are approximately 925,000 beds, less than 100,000 of the beds are for critical patients.

The sooner we “flatten the curve” through robust “social distancing” and delay the inevitable spread of the COVID-19 disease, the better off we all will be.

It seems possible or likely that military resources will soon be deployed further to assist – reserve components (National Guard, Reserves) and active-duty. National Guard troops have already been called out in several states. Military field hospitals, large and small, can be erected quickly and staffed with highly-trained and experienced military physicians, nurses and other health care specialists.

Our military not only has a well-developed and mobile medical system, but also has expertise in logistics, moving things and people from one place to another. Military personnel could also be made available to assist in other non-medical public health efforts of various kinds.

Other potential resources include volunteers who could undergo a rapid-training program to assist in multiple ways. College students and high school students, at lower risk for serious disease, could be trained-up quickly for a number of urgent situations. Other civilian volunteers, many of them suddenly unemployed, could also be promptly trained to help.

The pandemic has cost many Americans paychecks temporarily, and it is certain to result in a large loss of jobs and income for tens of thousands. In addition to this important factor, many people want to help in any way they can. They want to pitch in to get through this situation.

A trained volunteer force could transition into a paid paraprofessional force on a temporary basis. We will probably need these reinforcements soon. 

It’s time to think outside-the-box, enlist all Americans to pull together, and rapidly implement intelligent, responsible and effective leadership throughout our society  from the top down, from the grassroots up, and from the center out.

(Related articles "Navy Research Project on Intuition," "Human perception key in hard power, soft power, smart power" and “Storytelling affects human biology, beliefs, behavior” are posted on the CultureReady blog, Defense Language and National Security Education Office, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, U.S. Department of Defense.)

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Sketchy dimensions: UFO investigations reveal need for caution, potential for beneficial discovery

By Steve Hammons

Movies, TV shows, books and other media platforms seem to increasingly explore scientific mysteries about the Universe, Earth and Nature. Although the accuracy and reliability of some of these stories might be questionable, many of the areas of investigation seem to spark the curiosity of millions of people around the world.

New discoveries seem to be happening all the time, and more are surely on the horizon. Keeping up with new, and maybe unusual, scientific developments seems to require increasing open-mindedness combined with common sense, caution and a moral compass.

For example, information technology, quantum computing and artificial intelligence are evolving rapidly. Medical and health sciences are also moving forward. And many other areas of human endeavor and knowledge seem to be generally progressing, despite numerous risks and counterproductive human activities and developments.

In some forward-leaning scientific research, investigators are looking into the expanded potential of human perception and awareness, “weird physics” and the theories about multiple dimensions in Nature and the Universe.

Certain locations in the U.S. and around the world have been the focus of extensive research because of theories that they are associated with connection points or portals to other dimensions – dimensions that may be natural, but unusual for us.


A book published in 1995 was titled “Merging Dimensions: The Opening Portals of Sedona” by Sedona, Arizona, residents Tom Dongo and Linda Bradshaw. The authors shared details of a number of unusual experiences and observations around the Sedona area.

The book seems to reflect other research on that same region that indicates fluctuations in Earth’s magnetism there. This is believed to be related to the geology of the Sedona area – red earth, red cliffs and fantastic red rock formations there are rich in iron oxide and quartz, combined with volcanic geological influences.

Some of the odd phenomena reported in the Sedona area are reportledy suspected of being associated with connections to other dimensions.

Sedona is also on the southwestern rim of the Colorado Plateau, which spans the Four Corners states of Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. This overall region is also associated with theories and reports of incidents related to interdimensional phenomena, UFOs and similar mysterious, and sometimes unsettling and concerning indications.

Around the Colorado Plateau and around the world, researchers and average people have reportedly encountered a number of anomalous locations and situations that seem to point to the possible reality of other dimensions. These dimensions might be nearby, or even abut our reality in certain ways, according to some theories.

Research into “near-death experiences (NDEs)” includes widespread reports by credible people of an afterlife dimension of some kind that they encountered.

More recently, the concept of “shared-death experiences” has emerged, describing cases where it’s not just the person passing on who has a weird experience. In shared-death experiences, family members or others in proximity who are perfectly healthy also experience odd phenomena related to the passing of the loved one into another dimension of some kind.

In some spiritual teachings we are told that there are certain dimensions that are good, transcendent and beautiful. And other dimensions – not so much.


Science and spirituality continue to cross paths in many types of research. This connection is sometimes reported in relation to natural and biological sciences, medical and health sciences, aerospace and space science, as well as other fields of human activity and progress.

The classes in Earth science we had in school might have been incomplete. In addition to geography, geology, oceanography and other Earth sciences, textbooks might one day include chapters about Planet Earth’s various interdimensional features.

And like the normal environments we’re familiar with, some dimensions might hold pleasant experiences. These could be like a beautiful ocean beach, scenic hilltop, peaceful blue lake or fertile green pastures and farmlands – with good, kind and wise beings there.

We might wonder if other dimensions, like those we’re also normally familiar with, could be like a wild forest or jungle, with creatures that could be dangerous and deadly. Or, also like on Earth, environments where there is violence, war, cruelty, oppression and suffering. If this could be so, then researchers and average people might consider increased caution when exploring certain unusual phenomena.

In our everyday world, it’s a good idea to avoid sketchy neighborhoods where violent crime occurs frequently. Taking vacations in certain countries and regions of the world is also not a good idea, due to crime, murders, and now, highly-contagious disease.

Maybe this kind of perspective is also applicable to some far-out and forward-leaning research into the ideas about multiple dimensions, UFOs and other anomalous phenomena. In both normal and unusual settings, any number of dangers or unforeseen consequences can sometimes emerge. Caution and safety are probably appropriate.

And for those who are researching theories of other dimensions, there’s also the promise of discoveries that could change Earth and its inhabitants for the better – in ways that could be surprising, signficant, robust, uplifting, transcendent or even miraculous.

(Related articles "Navy Research Project on Intuition" and "Human perception key in hard power, soft power, smart power" are posted on the CultureReady blog, Defense Language and National Security Education Office, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, U.S. Department of Defense.)

Sunday, February 9, 2020

‘Phoenix lights’ UFO linked to multiple incidents around four-state Colorado Plateau?

By Steve Hammons

The March 13, 1997, “Phoenix lights” UFO incident took place in close proximity to several other UFO cases around the edge of the Colorado Plateau, a huge land mass, roughly circular, that spans the “Four Corners” states of Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico.

The large, boomerang-shaped object reported over Phoenix that evening had allegedly been spotted earlier in Henderson, Nevada, a suburban city of Las Vegas, then in Kingman and Prescott, Arizona, heading southeast.

That southeasterly path also skirts the perimeter of the Colorado Plateau and the abutting mountainous “transition zone” which divide Arizona diagonally into the Sonoran Desert in the south and southwest, and the Colorado Plateau in the north and northeast.

In addition to Arizona, in New Mexico, Colorado and Utah – around the perimeter of the Colorado Plateau – there have been reports of UFO incidents over the years dating back to the 1940s.

Could there be any connections or related reasons why these incidents allegedly occurred, and are reportedly occurring, around the edge of the Colorado Plateau?


Using the Phoenix lights case as a starting point and proceeding counterclockwise, Henderson, Kingman and Prescott are on the western and southwestern edge of the Colorado Plateau, approximately the 9 o-clock to 8 o’clock position of the rough circle of the plateau.

Kingman may have been the site of a 1953 UFO crash incident, possibly involving three or more objects, that was handled in a discreet manner by U.S. government national security officials.

Phoenix is on the southern side of the Colorado Plateau, at approximately the 7 o’clock position, just south of the mountainous transition zone between the plateau and the Sonoran Desert.

Sedona, where UFOs and other odd phenomena have been reported, is also in the same 7 o'clock position, a 90-minute drive due north of Phoenix. At about 4,300 feet elevation, Sedona is considered within the transition zone and on the southern edge of the actual Colorado Plateau. Flagstaff, about 30 miles north, is on the plateau at 7,000 feet elevation, and the vast forests of pondersa pines there welcome visitors.

A bit southeast of Flagstaff is the area of the 1975 UFO case involving a forestry crew and its foreman named Travis Walton. This incident was made into the Hollywood movie “Fire in the Sky.” It reportedly took place in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests on the Mogollon Rim, a notable geographic feature that forms a distinct edge of the Colorado Plateau in Arizona, also roughly in the 7 o'clock location.

At approximately the 5 o’clock spot on the rim of the plateau is Socorro County, New Mexico, the site of the well-known 1964 UFO incident involving City of Socorro public safety peace officer Lonnie Zamora. Astronomer and Ohio State University professor J. Allen Hynek, PhD, a scientific investigator with the U.S. Air Force’s Project Blue Book, flew to New Mexico to investigate this case in person.

In about the 3 o’clock location of the plateau are the towns of Aztec and Farmington, New Mexico, and, to the east, southwestern Colorado’s San Luis Valley. 

According to some researchers, a UFO crash-landed near Aztec in 1948. Federal government and U.S. Army personnel reportedly responded to the scene via nearby Durango, Colorado, just north of the state line. The object was reportedly recovered and removed.

In 1953, a signficant number of citizens of nearby Farmington allegedly observed dozens or hundreds of UFOs above their town over a three-day period. This case is known as the “Farmington armada” incident and was well-documented in newspaper reports at the time.

The 37th parallel runs directly through this region and some researchers speculate that it is a "paranormal highway" for unusual occurrances. 

The Continental Divide of North America also runs north-south through this region, and to Alaska and South America. Water on the east side of the divide flows toward the Atlantic Ocean, and to the Pacific from the west side of the divide.

Colorado’s San Luis Valley to the east, abutting the New Mexico state line, is known as a hot spot for UFOs and other anomalous situations.

Continuing counterclockwise around the Colorado Plateau at approximately the 12 o’clock or 11 o'clock position is Utah’s Uinta (also spelled Uintah) region. This area is a known location of multiple UFO sightings and a diverse array of anomalous incidents.

Going further counterclockwise along the northwestern flank of the Colorado Plateau, abutting the I-15 freeway, continues around the plateau to the 9 o'clock Henderson-Las Vegas area via nearby St. George, Utah, close to
 the Nevada and Arizona state lines(St. George looks a lot like Sedona, with red earth, and scenic red cliffs and mountains, and is also on the 37th parallel.) 


As we know, UFOs have reportedly been sighted and encountered around the world, in all types of locations, time frames and circumstances. Yet, if there are possible clues, patterns or guideposts that might emerge, we might be wise to take note.

The March 1997 Phoenix lights incident is somewhat distinct because it occurred over a major city in the mid-evening hours. Hundreds or thousands of people in the area were looking skyward to view the much-anticipated Hale-Bopp comet on a pleasant and clear Sonoran Desert spring evening. 

A huge V-shaped or boomerang-shaped object with several unusually-large lights underneath reportedly cruised slowly, silently and at a relatively low altitude right over the middle of the metro Phoenix "Valley of the Sun." It allegedly travelled diagonally from northwest to southeast, along the southern perimeter of the Colorado Plateau and abutting transition zone mountains north of Phoenix.

Hundreds, or thousands or tens of thousands of people may have witnessed the object. Many reportedly called 911, local TV stations and Luke Air Force Base on Phoenix’s west side. Luke AFB might have scrambled F-15 fighter jets in response, though this is apparently in dispute.

A few hours later in a seemingly separate incident, conventional illumination flares on parachutes were dropped by Air Force or Air National Guard planes south of Luke AFB at the nearby Barry M. Goldwater Range used for Air Force training. 
These flares would have been to the southwest of metro Phoenix. 

According to a later Air Force statement, a unit of the Maryland Air National Guard deployed the flares while completing training at the Goldwater Range that night before returning to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson.

(In 2011, UK Royal Air Force Apache helicopter pilot Capt. Harry Wales, Prince Harry, trained on the Goldwater Range at the Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field.)

In the days after the Phoenix lights sightings, then-Governor Fife Symington seemingly made fun of the incident at a well-known press conference when one of his aides dressed up in an extraterrestrial alien costume.

But in 2007, Symington, a former Air Force officer and pilot, came forward and said publicly that on the evening of March 13, 1997, he heard the chatter about people seeing something above Phoenix, and he went outside to check it out. Symington stated he also observed the huge craft with large lights that he does not believe was a U.S. military or civilian aircraft.

In 2017, actor and pilot Kurt Russell revealed that as he was flying into Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport March 13, 1997, he spotted six unusual, large lights and notified air traffic control at the Sky Harbor control tower. Russell has stated he thinks he might be the civilian pilot who was identified as having initially reported the object/lights on his approach to the airport.

And in 2020, to mark the 23rd anniversary of the incident, the annual March showing of the documentary film “The Phoenix Lights” is scheduled for Sunday, March 15, at the Harkins Shea 14 Cinema, Scottsdale, Arizona.

Looking at the Phoenix lights case in the context of UFO sightings around the world, do the Phoenix incident and other Colorado Plateau-related cases provide any clues about the broader and deeper UFO mysteries?

(Related articles “Storytelling affects human biology, beliefs, behavior” and “Reagan’s 1987 UN speech on ‘alien threat’ resonates now” are posted on the CultureReady blog, Defense Language and National Security Education Office, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, U.S. Department of Defense.) 

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

‘Force protection’ for our troops is now the responsibility of all Americans

By Steve Hammons

(Related articles "Navy Research Project on Intuition" and "Human perception key in hard power, soft power, smart power" are posted on the CultureReady blog, Defense Language and National Security Education Office, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, U.S. Department of Defense.)

The concept of “force protection” for U.S. military personnel and U.S. assets involves a system of analyses, assessments and actions in response to ever-changing threats.

Multiple force protection levels can flex and fluctuate in response to conventional and unconventional dangers, and from various and changing directions and sources. 

Readiness and ability to recognize new and emerging threats are key for force protection for our Army soldiers, Marines and other tip-of-the-spear warfighters from the Navy and Air Force. 

On March 18, 2009, James Mattis, former Marine Corps general and former secretary of defense, addressed the House Armed Services Committee. 

Mattis was then commander of the U.S. Joint Forces Command. At the time, the Joint Forces Command was one of 10 combatant commands in the U.S. Department of Defense and oversaw a force of 1.16 million active duty, National Guard and Army Reserve soldiers, Air Force personnel, Navy personnel and Marines. 


In his address, Mattis said “core competency” is needed in “irregular warfare (IW).” He also referenced "hybrid warfare" which can combine IW and more conventional methods. 

Mattis said adversaries could use methods of a "hybrid nature that combine any available irregular or conventional mode of attack, using a blend of primitive, traditional and high-tech weapons and tactics." 

He told committee members, "We must have balanced and versatile joint forces ready to accomplish missions across the full spectrum of military operations – from large-scale, conventional warfare to humanitarian assistance and other forms of 'soft' power." 

Mattis’ guidance to lawmakers was not hypothetical. 

Many thousands of American military personnel have been killed and tens of thousands severely injured during the 2003 invasion and subsequent multi-year occupation of Iraq, and in attempts to stabilize Afghanistan. (Civilian deaths from those conflicts are estimated in the high hundreds of thousands, at a minimum.) 

American military families have been traumatized by the deaths of and severe injuries to sons, daughters, husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers and other loved ones serving in our armed forces. 

In facing the sometimes confusing and changing threats around us, Mattis put forth a key question: "What capabilities are required?" An obvious answer: Education and training of joint personnel, he said. "A trained warrior may perform acceptably in a conventional operation, but irregular and hybrid wars demand highly-educated warriors to prevail," he told the committee.

He also told committee members, "Special emphasis must be placed on human, cultural, language, and cognitive skills. A 'cognitive' warrior knows how to acquire knowledge, process information from multiple sources, and make timely, accurate decisions in complex, ethically challenging and ever-changing environments."

"So, we must be prepared to think the 'unthinkable,' using our study and imagination to help us defeat the enemy," Mattis told committee members. "We must employ to our advantage the power of both inspiration and intimidation, each in the appropriate measure, to confound our enemies." 


Now, in January 2020, we find ourselves in a situation when the subject of force protection of our military personnel – many in their 20s and 30s, with spouses, young children, parents, siblings and other loved ones – is haunting our souls. 

Back in 2009, Mattis also told the House Armed Services Committee that he believed current and future national security challenges demand "whole-of-government" approaches. 

"Essential to a whole-of-government approach for applying all aspects of national and international power is the ability to share information and situational awareness among all partners," he said.

When information is appropriately shared, an "interagency common operational picture" is created, Mattis told the committee. Military personnel must communicate with civilian counterparts and create a synergy of effort, Mattis said. 

As part of preparation for enhanced U.S. force protection, it could be helpful to revisit the concept of “transcendent warfare.” This term was put forth by a former Navy SEAL officer back in 2001 when he was completing graduate-level studies at the Marine Corps War College. 

The idea of transcendent warfare was related to U.S. defense research in the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s into human perception, awareness, consciousness and intuition. 

Now, expanding military training and civilian public awareness of transcendent warfare concepts could be helpful in our approaches to force protection for U.S. armed forces personnel.

(Related article “Reagan’s 1987 UN speech on ‘alien threat’ resonates now” is posted on the CultureReady blog, Defense Language and National Security Education Office, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, U.S. Department of Defense.)

Monday, January 6, 2020

Reagan’s complete 1987 UN message on ‘alien threat’ overlooked: Grave danger here, now

By Steve Hammons

(Related article “Reagan’s 1987 UN speech on ‘alien threat’ resonates now” is posted on the CultureReady blog, Defense Language and National Security Education Office, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, U.S. Department of Defense.)

Former President Ronald Reagan has often been quoted regarding his Sept. 21, 1987, speech to the United Nations General Assembly referencing an “alien threat from outside this world.”

However, Reagan’s full comments are seemingly often overlooked.

Yes, Reagan had an interest in UFOs and no doubt had high-level briefings on the subject. The former president reportedly may have even had an “encounter” one evening on a drive down the California coast to a Hollywood party with his wife Nancy.

But his 1987 comments at the UN also had a different focus: “I occasionally think how quickly our differences worldwide would vanish if we were facing an alien threat from outside this world. And yet, I ask you, is not an alien force already among us? What could be more alien to the universal aspirations of our peoples than war and the threat of war?”

“Cannot swords be turned to plowshares? Can we and all nations not live in peace? In our obsession with antagonisms of the moment, we often forget how much unites all the members of humanity,” Reagan told the UN audience.

“Perhaps we need some outside, universal threat to make us recognize this common bond,” he said.


In the years since Reagan’s wise counsel to the world, the “alien threat” he warned about has attacked us again and again in the forms of multiple wars, terrorism and the seemingly infinite ways human beings harm each other and themselves.

That “alien force” within our midst that Reagan warned us about is upon us now in a much more serious way, and we are seemingly in grave danger as a result.

One element of this threat seems to be the destructive and self-destructive tendency of the human species worsened by certain individuals, leaders, groups and nations. And this feeds into what Reagan called “our obsession with antagonisms of the moment.”

“We often forget how much unites all the members of humanity,” Reagan advised us. He told us to look at ourselves, look within. Look at our governments and our governmental leaders. Look at our societies and organized religions, our development in arts and sciences. 

“What could be more alien to the universal aspirations of our peoples than war and the threat of war?” Reagan asked in his UN address.

But Reagan did not rule out other kinds of situations that might help humanity unite. “Perhaps we need some outside, universal threat to make us recognize this common bond,” he said.

This brings us to the significant December 2017 article in the New York Times about the recent U.S. Navy encounters with UFOs and the Defense Department’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP). Widespread news reports explored and explained the stated activities of the program.

As the public and those in the media and national security community learned more, there was concern about the reliable reports of unknown objects in close proximity to U.S. Navy aircraft carrier battle groups.

These recent developments follow decades of speculation, research, news stories, fiction and non-fiction movies, books and TV shows about UFOs and visitors from elsewhere – other planets, other dimensions, or other planets in other dimensions.

And as a logical and natural part of the research and speculation about these topics, we have wanted to know if any such visitors are friendly, neutral or hostile. Could they be “frenemies” like some countries the U.S. deals with? Could it be a complicated military and political situation like the complex conventional international relations among human nations and groups?

“I occasionally think how quickly our differences worldwide would vanish if we were facing an alien threat from outside this world,” said Reagan.

It seems that Reagan was warning the people of the world of a possible or probable two-pronged threat: 1) From ourselves and our leaders, primarily in the form of war, especially escalated modern warfare and related planetary contamination/degradation, and 2) From truly “alien threats” of one or more hostile non-human species.


And now, some national security experts are supporting Reagan’s informed speculation about that second category, that a possible “alien threat” or problematic “alien force” other than ourselves and our own leaders is something to be aware of.

In a Nov. 2, 2019, article on The Hill website, national security veteran Christopher Mellon wrote an article titled “The Navy acknowledges UFOs – so why aren't they on Washington's radar?” Importantly, Mellon wrote that “unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP)” have “brazenly operated in restricted U.S. military airspace.” There are “ample warning lights flashing,” he wrote.

Credible UFO sightings, encounters and reports of various kinds have been well-documented in the U.S. and in countries around the world for decades. Beginning in the 1940s, and especially in the 1950s, UFOs were sighted around the U.S., including over Washington, DC, in the summer of 1952.

The recent news about the U.S. AATIP research informed the public more fully about the highly-unusual objects encountered by Navy fighter pilots at sea. But those reports by Navy pilots are really not much more unusual than previous accounts by other military pilots and personnel, public safety peace officers, other trained observers and reliable everyday people in many countries.

In Mexico and Brazil, in France and Belgium, and around the world, UFOs have been seen, encountered and documented by civilians, military and public safety personnel.

In one well-known case, on Sept. 19, 1976, multiple pilots of the Iranian Air Force encountered a UFO above Tehran (during the period when Iran and the U.S. were allies, before the Iranian Revolution). There were several encounters between the Iranian pilots and the UFO. This incident has been well-researched and is regarded as a case having extensive credible investigation and documentation.

In the more recent U.S. Navy incidents, three declassified videos from Navy jets recorded UAPs off the west coast of the U.S. in 2004 and off the east coast in 2015. UFOs, or UAP, reportedly also were observed near U.S. naval forces during deployment to the Middle East.

In another report dated Nov. 12, 2019, by national security expert Mellon, he explored the situation further. Mellon wrote in his report titled “Potential Sources of Information Regarding Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon” that,  “… the U.S. Navy’s public recognition of the problem is an excellent first step towards mobilizing the military and the Intelligence Community to find answers regarding the identify of these vehicles and determine whether they pose a threat to the United States.”

Mellon wrote, “The UAP phenomenon off the East Coast of the US in recent years is unprecedented in terms of the number and appearance of the vehicles involved as well as their persistence in a specific geographic region.”

“It suggests not only a new level of brazenness or contempt for US defense and intelligence capabilities, but also the possibility that operations have advanced to a new stage towards some as yet unknown objective,” he said.

So, it seems Reagan had some insight about the threats to the human race. We apparently are now facing those two dangers he warned us about: 1) 
The destructive and self-destructive psychology and behavior of our leaders and ourselves as human beings, and 2) Alien races from elsewhere that might, or might not, have our best interests at heart.

(Related articles "Navy Research Project on Intuition" and "Human perception key in hard power, soft power, smart power" are posted on the CultureReady blog, Defense Language and National Security Education Office, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, U.S. Department of Defense.)

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

‘UFO tourism’ beckons some travelers to explore alleged encounters

By Steve Hammons

In December 2017 the New York Times broke the story about a top secret Pentagon project called the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP). In connection with that news, three declassified videos from U.S. Navy fighter jets were released to the public.

The videos showed what the Navy is calling “unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP).” And Navy pilots gave first-hand accounts of their interactions with unusual objects while at sea with aircraft carrier strike groups.

For people who were curious about or interested in the topics of UFOs and other “weird science” – and some people who weren’t – the release of this information seemed quite significant. Some national security experts and those in Congress made public their concerns and views about the situation.

But since many stories about UFOs are not at all new, and a number of researchers have looked into the subject over the decades, these new developments might seem like just another piece of the mysterious puzzle.

Reflecting interest in the overall subject, 
Roswell, New Mexico, has been drawing crowds for their annual UFO-themed celebration for many years. Several other towns around the country have similar events, along with occasional conferences featuring UFO researchers and interested citizens.


Movies, TV shows, books and other media have told us many stories of allegedly real, or possibly real, incidents about UFOs. These stories can generate skepticism, amazement and wonder, hopefulness, curiosity or even concern and anxiety.

Still, the lure of places like Roswell seems to fascinate many people.

And it’s not just UFOs. A number of other unusual phenomena also draw certain types of travelers and adventure-seekers who want to explore mysteries of various kinds.

Luckily, sometimes these locations are also in beautiful areas of our country from the Pacific Northwest to the Southwest, Midwest, South and New England. Some are populated regions, some rural and some in wilderness areas.

The same common-sense safety guidelines apply to UFO tourists as other travelers. Be respectful of your surroundings. Avoid dangerous areas. Watch out for sketchy characters. Don’t feed the bears in the Smoky Mountains. Don’t pet the bison in Yellowstone. Don’t fall off the edge of the Grand Canyon taking a selfie.

And don’t get close to a UFO as there have been reports of various kinds of injuries such as radiation burns, as well as other concerning reports and stories.

A firefighter training manual published in 1992 called "Fire Officer's Guide to Disaster Control" instructed fire service and EMS first responders that the two main hazards of UFOs are powerful anomalous energy fields and psychological impacts. In fact, there is a section in the book called “Adverse Potential of UFOs.”

UFO dangers can include unusual beams or rays, according to the manual. And mental effects from encounters with UFOs can include hypnotic, disorienting, fearful, confusing or paralyzing mental and emotional states. 

The book’s authors also point out that
proximity to UFOs has been associated with impacts like disruption of power grids, vehicles, aircraft and communications which could also affect firefighter operations and public safety.

So now that we’ve had our safety briefing, what’s another interesting area to visit as UFO and adventure travelers besides Roswell? 


According to many or most researchers, after the alleged Roswell crash in the summer of 1947, the debris was promptly flown to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. 
The base was then, and is now, a center for the analysis of foreign aircraft.

The Air Force's UFO research operation known as Project Blue Book operated from Wright-Patterson AFB from 1952 to 1970. And the second season of the A+E History Channel TV series "Project Blue Book" about it will be out soon.

"Wright-Patt" is also home of the National Museum of the United States Air Force, the offical museum of the Air Force. It reportedly is the largest and oldest museum on military aviation on the planet. 

Although the museum does not yet have a UFO exhibit, visitors can explore a number of educational encounters about the history of flight, the development of modern aircraft, the role of air power in our national defense, future development of our aerospace knowledge and capabilities (which might be related to UFOs?), and the list goes on.

You don’t need to “storm Wright-Patt” to encounter this knowledge – admission and parking are free! Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Okay, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is not a secret vault for UFOs (as far as we know), but just being in the proximity of a historic base like Wright-Patterson is quite an experience in itself. Use your imagination!

When you think about it, when Dayton locals Wilbur and Orville Wright started flying their invention, it was an unidentified, anomalous, aerial flying object or phenomenon.

How about out West? 

In addition to Roswell, two other well-known alleged incidents involve the two towns of Aztec and nearby Farmington, New Mexico, 15 miles apart. Some researchers have claimed or suspected that in 1948 a UFO crashed or made a controlled crash landing outside of Aztec. That was the year after the alleged Roswell crash. And in 1950, the people of Farmington witnessed three days of an “armada” of unusual objects in the sky – many, many unidentified objects.

The Farmington area was the site of a recent movie shoot for “Jumanji: The Next Level.” In fact, the headline for a Dec. 24 article in the Durango Herald newspaper asks, “Could Farmington be the next Hollywood?”

Aztec and Farmington are in the well-known Four Corners region where the states of Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico intersect. 

The ancient Native American ruins at Chaco Canyon National Historical Park, Mesa Verde National Park and Canyons of the Ancients National Monument are nearby, and thousands of people visit those areas each year. The town of Cortez, Colorado, is a good base of operations to explore Mesa Verde Country. ThCrow Canyon Archaeological Center four miles outside of Cortez is a fantastic look into the past. The center has a lodge and cabins. 

Northeast of Cortez and higher in the mountains is Telluride, known for skiing and the annual film festival there.

A bit further east in nea
rby Durango, Coloradothe famous old-time steam-engine train, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroadtakes thousands of visitors from around the country and the world up and down the rugged San Juan Mountains. The train takes daily trips to the town oSilverton, deeper into the San Juan National Forestand back to Durango. 

It's actually only a short distance between Silverton and Telluride "as the crow flies." But that crow would have to fly over some massive mountains. The scenic, winding roads between the two towns follow the few paths available through those mountains.

That area is also a travel destination for outdoor activities like hiking, fishing, camping, ziplining, soaking in hot springs, river rafting, and in winter, skiing, snowboarding, outdoor winter activities – and maybe more soaking in hot springs. Purgatory is great for winter sports and summer activities.

UFO tourists and outdoor adventure travelers in the Southwest need some cowboy grub and a few good cowboy songs once in a while. When in Durango, check out the Bar D Wranglers Old West Cowboy Music Show and Chuckwagon Supper north of town, "Durango's favorite family entertainment since 1969." 

One of my personal favorites is “Riding for the Roundup (in the Springtime),” on YouTube with the current Wranglers and an older versionAlthough once in a while they might sing on key, give a couple of their instrumental songs a listen – “Red Cliff” and “Clarinet Polka.”

There’s a lot of wildlife up in those mountain forests. If you’re stealthy and respect Nature, you can immerse yourself in and interact with that ecosystem. The Bar D Wranglers’ thoughtful tune “Man Walks Among Us” might get you in the mood for that. So, UFO and outdoor adventure tourists, “Saddle Up.”

Also in the Durango area, the Continental Divide goes through that exact region, extending north to Alaska and south to South America. Water from the the west side of the divide flows to the Pacific Ocean, and to the Atlantic on the east side. ThContinental Divide National Scenic Trail is a popular route for serious hikers.

Also in the general Four Corn
ers region is Sedona, Arizona. That area is world-renown for the beauty of its amazing red rock cliffs and rock formations. It’s said that there are unique geomagnetic forces at work in the Sedona area causing unusual effects on people. These “vortexes” of some kind of Earth energy are believed by some to possibly be related to the geology of the area – high iron oxide, high quartz and certain underground volcanic formations.

Yes, UFOs and unusual incidents have been reported in the Sedona area. So when hiking the beautiful red-earth trails and red rocks, and feeling those geomagnetic vortex vibes, it might be good to keep an eye on the sky too.

A bit southeast of Sedona and 
Flagstaff (home of Northern Arizona University) you will find the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests where the alleged UFO incident occurred involving a forest-clearing crew. That case was the basis for the movie “Fire in the Sky.”

Both those national forests and nearb
Coconino National Forest to the northwest include thousands of acres of ponderosa pines covering the mountains around Flagstaff and the Mogollon Rim, a picturesque and defining southern edge of the Colorado Plateau and the Colorado Plateaus Physiographic Province. Great for hiking and camping.

Is UFO tourism an emerging trend? We’ll have to wait and see, but there see
ms to be a trajectory of more public interest in this topic and its alleged history – and future.

(Related article “Storytelling affects human biology, beliefs, behavior” is posted on the CultureReady blog, Defense Language and National Security Education Office, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, U.S. Department of Defense.)

Friday, November 15, 2019

Leverage US resources to understand unknown objects encountered by Navy, defense expert says

By Steve Hammons

All hands on deck! It’s going to take a team effort for the U.S. to deal with a very unusual situation involving “unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP)” that might be a serious threat – or something else, according to a national security expert.

In May 2019, a U.S. Navy spokesperson stated, "There have been a number of reports of unauthorized and/or unidentified aircraft entering various military-controlled ranges and designated air space in recent years …”

This quote is presented by national security veteran Christopher Mellon at the beginning of an article he wrote June 29, 2019. The article, or report, titled “Potential Sources of Information Regarding Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon,” was included in an e-newsletter dated Nov. 12 and distributed Nov. 15 from the start-up "public benefit" company called To The Stars Academy of Arts and Science.

Mellon serves as national security affairs director and advisory panel chairman for the company and has a significant background in the U.S. national security community.

Mellon writes that, “… the U.S. Navy’s public recognition of the problem is an excellent first step towards mobilizing the military and the Intelligence Community to find answers regarding the identify of these vehicles and determine whether they pose a threat to the United States.”

Is it really the “first step” for the Navy, other military branches and our national security community? Movies, TV shows and books have told us many stories of a “UFO situation” emerging for the U.S. in the World War II era and the 1950s.

But if we examine Mellon’s comments more closely, he specifies that the Navy announcement is a good first step “towards mobilizing the military and the Intelligence Community to find answers …” He seems to want to expand size and scope of the U.S. personnel and resources that probably have already been working on this issue for several decades.


As has been reported in news stories over the past two years, the U.S. Navy has encountered and tracked multiple unusual unidentified objects near aircraft carrier strike groups at sea off the west and east coasts, and elsewhere, over a number of years.

Mellon provides some words of concern. “The UAP phenomenon off the East Coast of the US in recent years is unprecedented in terms of the number and appearance of the vehicles involved as well as their persistence in a specific geographic region.”

There seems to be a certain urgency in Mellon’s message. “It suggests not only a new level of brazenness or contempt for US defense and intelligence capabilities, but also the possibility that operations have advanced to a new stage towards some as yet unknown objective.”

The phenomena is not new, he acknowledges. “There have been numerous instances over the years of UAP intrusions over military facilities, some which I can personally attest to or am aware of with one degree of separation,” Mellon wrote in his article.

“For example, in March of 1984, a close friend who was training to become a naval aviator called me excitedly from Pensacola NAS [Naval Air Station] to relate an event involving a UAP flying circles around a USN aircraft in broad daylight over the base.”

“Numerous incidents involving UAPs and military facilities have been reported by retired military personnel and validated via the FOIA process. These reports include verified UAP overflights of nuclear weapons and nuclear storage facilities,” Mellon pointed out.

“Consequently, a review of these cases might help shed important new light on the question of reported UAP interest in the US strategic triad and nuclear chain of command (Note: I have not listed undersea monitoring capabilities due to classification issues although they are obviously highly pertinent to this question).”

Wrapping our minds around the situation may be difficult but necessary, Mellon counsels us. “The UAP issue is already uniquely challenging. It lacks recognition or understanding; it lacks acceptance; there is a serious stigma to overcome …”

We should increase our preparedness and readiness on several levels, he says. This includes our psychological and emotional preparedness and readiness, Mellon seems to say when he writes, “… and even more difficult is the deceptively serious challenge of helping government officials and the public process such incongruous, disorienting, disruptive and potentially disturbing information.”

“Finally, if these are vehicles created by another species there is the wholly unprecedented challenge of seeking to study an intelligence greater than our own that apparently does not wish to communicate or be understood.”

So what the heck is going on? Mellon doesn’t claim to know, or doesn't say 
 but does state, “To even stand a chance of success in this scenario it seems trite to suggest that we need to draw on all pertinent information available and apply the best and brightest analytical minds available.”

He may not have all the answers for us, but Mellon appears to have some worthwhile questions:

- “Are different kinds or types of vehicles associated with different locations, time-frames or types of targets? If so, are we possibly dealing with multiple, potentially even competing actors?”

- “Is there a pattern that suggests an ongoing effort to monitor the US strategic triad or nuclear command and control?”

- “Is there a pattern that suggests an effort to monitor US weapons development and deployment?”

- “Is there a correlation between advances in US technology and the presence of UAPs?”


In his article, Mellon also explores U.S. government assets that he believes could be used to respond to the UFO and UAP situation. He indicates that these efforts are inadequate and he lists several national security resources and systems that he says could be helpful.

If there have been classified and special activities related to this situation, Mellon seems to believe that these can be strengthened by additional resources and personnel.

Referring to the vast national security systems of our country, he writes, “Hopefully, the US officials charged with investigating the UAP phenomenon will receive the support needed to access and analyze data from these and other sources.”

And again referring to coordinating and making use of existing defense resources, Mellon states, “Since billions have already been spent collecting the information, it seems wasteful and inappropriate not to allocate whatever modest sums may be required to help to resolve vital questions regarding the origin and capabilities of the unidentified vehicles that continue to violate US airspace with impunity.”

Mellon wrote, apparently to the best of his knowledge, that, “Because this phenomenon has only recently been acknowledged, little if any effort has been made to use ‘national technical means’ for purposes of identifying or tracking these objects.”

He says certain existing U.S. capabilities can be utilized for analysis of previous UAP incidents as well as ongoing and future encounters, and provides the following lists as well as additional details:

Collection Systems:

- The Global Infrasound Acoustic Monitoring Network: Mellon describes the system as “comprised of 60 stations operating in 35 countries that monitor low-frequency pressure waves in the atmosphere.”

 - The U.S. Space Surveillance Network “consists of at least 29 distinct world-wide space surveillance systems, including the world’s most powerful radars …”

- The Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) “is a network of satellites in low-earth, highly-elliptical and geosynchronous orbits that together provide nearly continuous global coverage of infrared (heat) sources,” Mellon noted.

- Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA radars). He explained that, “In addition to the Navy’s Aegis radar systems, all military platforms outfitted with AESA radars are potentially valuable sources of information …”

- Aegis radar: “We know from the Nimitz incident that the Navy’s Aegis radar systems are capable of tracking low radar cross-section UAPs that operate at extreme altitudes and velocities,” Mellon writes.

- The Joint Surveillance System links the FAA’s long-range radar systems to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), he explained.


- “NORAD maintains a database called the ‘Unknown Track Reporting Database’ and/or ‘Unknown Track Reporting System’,” Mellon wrote.

- “Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) who staff the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) airspace management sites (airports, alert centers, etc.).”

- “OPREP-3 Reports [operations reports] are an additional source of information distinct from NORAD aerospace defense reporting. This system is used by all branches of the military to report ‘urgent’ and ‘ongoing’ events to higher echelons,” according to Mellon.

And yet more assets can be brought to bear on these UAP challenges, he claims. As “other potential opportunities” to bring together robust resources, he includes the following:

- Allies

- ELINT/COMINT [electronic intelligence, communications intelligence]

- HUMINT [human intelligence]

By leveraging these capabilities and assets wisely, we can improve our preparedness and readiness for future developments, Mellon advises us.

(Related articles “Storytelling affects human biology, beliefs, behavior” and “Reagan’s 1987 UN speech on ‘alien threat’ resonates now” are posted on the CultureReady blog, Defense Language and National Security Education Office, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, U.S. Department of Defense.)