Off-World Updates: Responding to UFO info-request, Pentagon declassifies five mind-bending reports on metamaterials, space travel and much more
It may not be outright disclosure, but it’s damn-close
In 2017, Anthony Bragalia submitted a FOIA-request to the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), about recovered UFO materials being stored in warehouses in Las Vegas, Nevada.
It was a request that would sound absurd to a lot of people — teetering on insane: aliens, Las Vegas, mysterious warehouses containing debris from crashed UFO’s. It sounds more like something out of a Spielberg film than anything based in reality.
However, four years later, the government has finally responded to his request. And while it’s no admission they actually recovered something from Roswell or elsewhere, the 154-pages of declassified reports are curious to say the least. They describe insanely futuristic matter like metal glass and metamaterials, their bizarre properties and their potential applications for aerospace and space travel.
Without actually releasing photos or video of recovered UFO material, this might be the closest the US government has ever come to admitting they actually have something. Thoughskeptics will argue that these declassified reports don’t shed any new light on the mystery, they represent a body of research that appears to be aimied at reverse engneering. At least, that's the impression the DIA seems to be declassifying, here.
Bragalia’s 2017 FOIA-request claimed that he knew of UFO material that was scheduled to be moved into Bigelow Aerospace warehouses in Las Vegas; warehouses that were associated with the Department of Defense’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP). He asked the government for any evidence or information they had on "physical debris recovered by personnel of the Department of Defense as residue, flotsam, shot-off material or crashed UAPs or unidentified flying objects."
Not only did the DIA declassify five separate reports on the UFO/UAP materials, but they also disclose that some of the information had to be withheld from declassification. For “national security,” of course.
Meaning this isn’t even all they have.
Still, the five reports they did declassify, are extremely perplexing and a fascinating response to Bragalia’s UFO FOIA request.
The declassified documents contain sections on:
- Metallic glasses – status and prospects for aerospace applications (30 pgs)
- Biomaterials (32 pgs)
- Materials for advanced aerospace platforms (27 pgs)
- Metallic spintronics (27 pages)
- Metamaterials for advanced aerospace applications (38 pgs)
The full FOIA response from the DIA can be found here — and if you’re reading this, you should peruse it. Because, while it’s far from the smoking gun some headlines are claiming it is, the reports describe materials with properties that are straight out of a science fiction film; and they explain some extremely specific and detailed potential uses for them in the context of space travel.
For instance, the section on “metallic glass” describes a form of metal that is lighter, stronger and tougher than conventional “crystallized” solid metal, and that’s flexible like polymer plastic. It can be mold injected, or coated over another surface to diffract gradients of ultra-violet light and radiation.
Artist's interpretation of "metallic glass" and it's flexible properties.
Or, in the metamaterials section, when the report is describing “super-lenses,” it includes this oddly-specific description of one potential use for studying alien life:
One can envision space expeditions to other planets that could, potentially, result in finding some evidence of primitive cellular-level life. It would then be highly desirable to examine the structure of the living cell in its natural environment. In all likelihood, that environment would be liquid. Therefore, it would be very desirable to examine the cell without actually touching it with a top of a near-field optical microscope. Thus, the sub-surface imaging of a small object which is buried underneath a liquid layer would be necessary.
It also discusses how some metamaterials can even be used to slow down or stop light entirely, at different wavelengths to create a “negative rainbow” effect and possibly store light as energy. Earth-glow or even starlight could be used in this fashion to efficiently recharge batteries on spacecraft made with these metamaterials, the report suggests.
Other metamaterials described allegedly can induce “invisibility” by “manipulating refraction,” and can compress electromagnetic energy.
All of which together, conjures up images of spacecraft made with high-durability, super-light meta-materials that can capture and store starlight as energy, and even induce invisibility; that’s designed to study alien life on another planet at the microbial level without touching or otherwise interacting with it; that’s coated in metallic glass that that can diffract radiation and ultraviolet light to protect the inhabitants or cargo; that’s immune to burning up as it moves through planetary atmospheres.
If nothing else, it’s an entertaining thought and an exciting possibility. But how much of it is theoretical? Is this a largly conceptual report on existinig science? Or an attempt at describing properrties of found or recovered material?
Again, this isn’t an outright admission that the government has recovered a UFO craft or pieces of one. And it’s certainly not confirmation that the. goovernment is in possession of debrris from the Roswell incident (as some blogs have suggested).
But, these declassified reports are a very intriguing and suggestive way for the government to respond to a FOIA request, asking for evidence of crashed and recovered UFO’s. It's not disclosure by any means, but it's damn close.