Are China, Russia ahead of U.S. in UFO retrieval, research?

Last week, a former senior Defense Intelligence Agency scientist became the 10th ex-government official, military officer or scientist to allege (or suggest) publicly that the U.S. government has recovered at least one UFO, writes Marik von Rennenkampff, an analyst with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation.

Importantly, the inspector general for the intelligence community deemed the lead UFO whistleblower’s core allegations “credible and urgent.” Moreover, the whistleblower, former intelligence official and U.S. Air Force veteran David Grusch is represented by the intelligence community’s first inspector general.

As Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wisc.), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, stated recently, new protections enacted by Congress resulted in “all sorts of [UFO whistleblowers] coming out of the woodwork.” These individuals, Gallagher said, are telling congressional investigators that “they’ve been part of this or that [UFO] program,” resulting in “a variety of pretty intense conversations.”

As Senate Intelligence Vice Chair Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has put it, one of two astounding possibilities is now at hand. Either dozens of credible individuals are gradually revealing the “the biggest story in human history,” or a sizeable cohort of high-level government officials holding top security clearances is “crazy.”

Reflecting on the stature of the individuals who spoke to Congress, Rubio asked rhetorically, “What incentive would so many people, with that kind of qualification — these are serious people — have to come forward and make something up?”

Indeed, given the penalties for making false statements to investigative agencies, it is unlikely that these individuals — some of whom claim direct, firsthand knowledge of the alleged UFO retrieval and reverse engineering efforts — are participating in a sophisticated disinformation effort.

So, are numerous high-level government officials delusional and making false claims of firsthand UFO knowledge to investigators? Such a stark case of social contagion would amount to a concerning and extraordinary development.

Moreover, if dozens of senior officials are indeed “crazy,” they have still somehow convinced key members of Congress to treat their extraordinary allegations with utmost seriousness.

Following reporting that China and Russia may also have retrieved UFOs, language in the legislation alluding to the “increasing potential for technology surprise from foreign adversaries” takes on a particular significance.

According to retired U.S. Army colonel Karl Nell, who served alongside Grusch in an early iteration of the U.S. government’s contemporary UFO analysis efforts, “[Grusch’s] assertion concerning the existence of a terrestrial arms race occurring sub-rosa over the past 80 years focused on reverse engineering technologies of unknown origin is fundamentally correct.”

These allegations, from two former high-ranking defense officials, in tandem with independent investigative reporting, raise a host of national security questions and issues. And clearly, Congress is paying attention.

Intriguingly, following a classified briefing from the Department of Defense inspector general on UFOs this week, Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Mo.) stated, “It appears… somebody has discovered something – some advanced form of propulsion or technology – that may actually change all of our lives.”