Intelligence Officials

2023

[…] the United States was in possession of a craft of unknown origin and had successfully gained access to its interior. […] This craft had a streamlined configuration suitable for aerodynamic flight but no intakes, exhaust, wings, or control surfaces. In fact, it appeared not to have an engine, fuel tanks, or fuel.

— James Lacatski
Former Head of AAWSAP
Oct 17, 2023

The American public can reasonably expect to get some answers to questions that have been burning in the minds of millions of Americans for many years. If nothing else, this [legislation] should either clear up something that’s been a cloud hanging over the Air Force and Department of Defense for decades or it might lead in another direction, which could be truly incredible. There’s a lot at stake.

— Christopher Mellon
Dep. Asst. Secretary of Defense for Intelligence
Jan 13, 2023

2022

Even before this ‘whistleblower’ legislation was signed into law, credible individuals were providing Congress information alleging that the US government has recovered extraterrestrial technology. This process began in 2019 when I brought astrophysicist Dr. Eric Davis to Capitol Hill to meet with staff from the Senate Intelligence and Armed Services committees. Dr. Davis, author of the famous Wilson-Davis memo, provided specific information lending credence to sensational reports that an official US government program is actively seeking to exploit recovered technology that was fashioned by some other species or perhaps advanced AI machines.

— Christopher Mellon
Dep. Asst. Secretary of Defense for Intelligence

If UAP do indeed represent a potential threat to our security, then the capabilities, systems, processes, and sources we use to observe, record, study or analyze these phenomena need to be classified at appropriate levels. We do not want potential adversaries to know exactly what we’re able to see or understand or how we come to the conclusions we make. Therefore public disclosures must be carefully considered on a case by case basis…

— Scott Bray
Deputy Director Navy Intelligence
May 17, 2022

[Congressional staffer]: Can you provide us a specific example of an object that can’t be explained as having been human made or natural?

[Bray]: I mean the example that I would say is still unresolved, that I think everyone understands quite well is the 2004 incident from [the USS] Nimitz [aircraft carrier]. We have data on that, and it simply remains unresolved…

— Scott Bray
Deputy Director Navy Intelligence
May 17, 2022

It’s clear that the majority, that many of the observations that we have are physical objects from the sensor data… We haven’t had a collision. We have had at least 11 near misses.

— Scott Bray
Deputy Director Navy Intelligence
May 17, 2022

2021

[Rogan]: [What about the] possibility that we have obtained this extraterrestrial craft and are in the process of trying to back engineer it?

[Mellon]: That’s a really ticklish question for me and awkward. And if I were to say ‘Yep, it’s true’ nobody would believe me. If I really knew, I couldn’t say yes. And it’s hard to give good answers to that question. I think it’s plausible. I don’t think people should rule that out. There’s enough information to say that may have happened. We may have recovered some debris… It would be so deeply squirreled away you wouldn’t be able to bring in the best scientists, you wouldn’t be able to bring in world class scientists, you would have a few people available in some aerospace company and they would be hamstrung in their ability to test and examine the material and so forth. It would just be locked away somewhere.

— Christopher Mellon
Dep. Asst. Secretary of Defense for Intelligence

I will tell you, I have never said this before, but I have been told by multiple people who have credentials and access, that there is some truth to these stories [about Roswell]. So I don’t discount this when people say this, I have had people who had substantial scientific or military credentials, that they believe it is true. So I encourage people on the Hill to pursue it.

— Christopher Mellon
Dep. Asst. Secretary of Defense for Intelligence

Both countries [China and Russia] have active UFO groups… They certainly have had their own incidents over the years… France has had an official UFO investigative group for decades. This is very much a global phenomenon.

— Christopher Mellon
Dep. Asst. Secretary of Defense for Intelligence

The most compelling case is the [USS] Nimitz case. Because you have so many witnesses and so many sensors and the FLIR is part of that, but you have to look at the whole case. You have to talk to all the pilots involved [Commander Fravor and Lt. Dietrich and their backseat Weapons Systems Officers], which I have done. You have to talk to the radar operators on the [USS] Princeton [Kevin Day and Gary Voorhis]. There’s also radar operators up on the E2C Hawkeye which was up there monitoring this… Then you have this third F/A-18 [pilot Lt. Underwood] that goes up and takes that [FLIR] video. So there is a lot of different information from a lot of different sources and the thing is, it is all perfectly congruent. It all hangs together. No one is contradicting someone else’s story. And what people are seeing is what the sensors are reporting. So that case overall is the most compelling to my mind.

— Christopher Mellon
Dep. Asst. Secretary of Defense for Intelligence

If there is some recovered debris say, it is so deeply buried and squirreled away that it’s outside of those normal oversight processes and that’s why there is a problem in this area.

— Christopher Mellon
Dep. Asst. Secretary of Defense for Intelligence
May 16, 2021

So it’s not us, that’s one thing we know. I could say that with very high degree of confidence in part because of the positions I held in the department…

— Christopher Mellon
Dep. Asst. Secretary of Defense for Intelligence
May 16, 2021

I actually wanted to get this information out and declassify it before I left office but we weren’t able to get it down into an unclassified format that we were able to talk about quickly enough.

— John Ratcliffe
Director National Intelligence
Mar 22, 2021

Usually we have multiple sensors picking up these things… There are a lot more sightings than have been made public… Objects that have been seen by Navy or Air Force pilots, or in satellite imagery, that engage in actions that… we don’t have the technology for, or traveling at speeds that exceed the sound barrier without a sonic boom… Technologies that we don’t have and, frankly, that we are not capable of defending against.

— John Ratcliffe
Director National Intelligence
Mar 22, 2021

At some point, the information about ‘alien’ stuff and true US national defence information crosses paths. Patriots with clearances do not want to be traitors to their country or their way of life. For instance, if I told you the exact electromagnetic signature of a high-match UFO that US sensors search for, but don’t attack, and you put it in a book, the Soviets/Chinese would manufacture a bomber with sigint/elint countermeasure equipment that generated that exact signature.

— Bob Fish
Defense communications intelligence
Jan 1, 2021

2019

2017

I can’t speak for the US government anymore. My personal belief is that ah, there is very compelling evidence that we ah, we may not be alone, whatever that means.

— Luis Elizondo
Director AATIP
Head of Pentagon UAP program
Dec 1, 2017
CNN

2015

1997

My position both privately and publicly expressed over the last dozen years or more [about the 1980 Rendlesham forest incident at RAF Bentwaters], is that there are only two possibilities, either: a) An intrusion into our air space and a landing by unidentified craft took place at Rendlesham, as described. Or: b) The Deputy Commander of an operational, nuclear armed, US Air Force base in England, and a large number of his enlisted men, are lying. Either of these simply must be ‘of interest to the Ministry of Defence,’ which has been repeatedly denied, in precisely those terms.

— Lord Hill-Norton
Admiral, UK Chief of the Defence Staff

1996

The evidence that there are objects which have been seen in our atmosphere, and even on terra firma, that cannot be accounted for either as man-made objects or as any physical force or effect known to our scientists, seems to me to be overwhelming. A very large number of sightings have been vouched for by persons whose credentials seem to me unimpeachable.

It is striking that so many have been trained observers, such as police officers and airline or military pilots. Their observations have in many instances have been supported either by technical means such as radar or, even more convincingly, by interference with electrical apparatus of one sort or another.

— Hill Norton
British Chief Of Defense Staff
Jan 1, 1996

1976

An outstanding report: this [1976 Tehran] case is a classic which meets all the criteria necessary for a valid study of the UFO phenomenon. The object was seen by multiple witnesses from different locations… and viewpoints. The credibility of many of the witnesses was high (an Air Force General, qualified aircrews and experienced tower operators). Visual sightings were confirmed by radar. Similar electromagnetic effects were reported by three separate aircraft. There were physiological effects on some crew members (i.e., loss of night vision due to the brightness of the object). An inordinate amount of maneuverability was displayed by the UFOs.

— Roland Evans
Major Colonel, Defense Intelligence Agency

1960

Behind the scenes, high ranking Air Force officers are soberly concerned about the UFOs. But through official secrecy and ridicule, many citizens are led to believe the unknown flying objects are nonsense… To hide the facts, the Air Force has silenced its personnel.

— R.H. Hillenkoetter
Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Vice Admiral US Navy
Feb 28, 1960

1952

Sightings of unexplained objects at great altitudes and traveling at high speeds in the vicinity of major U.S. defense installations are of such nature that they are not attributable to natural phenomena or known types of aerial vehicles.

— H. Marshall Chadwell
Asst. Director CIA, Scientific Intelligence
Dec 2, 1952

Since 1947 we have received and analyzed between 1,000 and 2,000 reports… However there have been a certain percentage of this volume of these reports, that have been made by credible observers of relatively incredible things. We can say that the recent sightings are in no way connected with any secret development by any department by the United States.

— John Samford
Director of Intelligence, Major General US Air Force
Jan 1, 1952

1947

We must insist upon full access to disks recovered. For instance, in the La case the Army grabbed it and would not let us have it for cursory examination.

— J. Edgar Hoover
First Director Of The FBI
Jul 10, 1947