Unless you’ve been watching the main news networks exclusively—which have only covered the newest, legal drama surrounding former President Donald J. Trump—you might have missed the story about the senior U.S. Air Force intelligence officer who has filed a whistleblower complaint on the Defense Department, claiming that there is an ongoing, massive coverup about a super-secret military UFO program.
The individual in question was assigned to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and ultimately worked in the special Pentagon unit that was charged with investigating UFO sightings (also known as Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon or UAP).
The intelligence official, David Grusch, asserts that, despite his very high clearance level, he was denied access several times to this secretive government program that dealt exclusively with the alleged retrieval of crashed alien craft.
The media has vetted Grusch and believes that he is above reproach. They have confirmed his credentials. Grusch comes across as an American patriot. Although, it must be noted that Grusch is merely repeating the stories he has been told by senior military personnel who claim to have knowledge of the alleged secretive alien retrieval project.
An Arms Race for Alien Technology?
In fact, according to Grusch, there is a “cold war” occurring between the United States, China, Russia, and several other great powers to capture and reverse engineer as much of this advanced alien technology as possible.
Grusch claims that he is coming forward for two reasons: first, because the supposed Pentagon alien craft retrieval program is unconstitutional, and second because he fears that other rival actors, notably China, might be able to glean some radical, next-generation technological breakthrough that could utterly devastate the United States, and fundamentally reconfigure the international order in ways that harm U.S. national security.
I realize that the snicker factor is severe in this story. But it does get wilder. Because, as it turns out, Grusch sought—and was granted—permission from the Department of Defense to reveal this information to the press!
What’s more, Grusch, despite possibly having released information about what would have been among America’s most closely guarded national secrets, has been allowed to retain his security clearances.
Meanwhile, the former president, who merely improperly stored classified documents at his Secret Service-protected home in Florida has been indicted for doing something even less egregious than what Grusch did.
As this news has propagated, the United States Senate has intervened and called for a hearing on the matter of Grusch’s whistleblower complaint. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) are demanding that the Department of Defense send representatives to their committee to explain, under oath, what Grusch is referring to.
I have no idea if we’ve been hiding E.T. at Wright-Patterson base – or any other military base, for that matter – and reverse engineering his ship for the past 70 years. Grusch’s claims are certainly sensational – though not nearly sensational enough to jar the mainstream press away from their Trump obsession.
The fact that serious senators, like Marco Rubio, are officially getting involved is eyebrow-raising, too.
Leslie Kean, a journalist who has spent decades covering the story and comes across as a true believer in the alien angle, insists that we are experiencing some form of “soft disclosure” from the U.S. government on the existence of aliens.
I’m way more skeptical.
It sounds more like Uncle Sam is running a complex—extremely desperate—psychological operation on the world. This deception is not being done because the Pentagon thinks it’s funny.
On the contrary.
The psyop, in my opinion, is underway because of the “Cold War” between the United States and China to dominate the creation of next-generation, exotic technologies.
China’s Eating Our Lunch
Since opening trade with China in the 1970s, the American people were assured that a rising neoliberal tide would lift all boats.
We’d give China our “dirty” manufacturing capabilities. China would, in turn, take those manufacturing abilities and sell us cheap, mass-produced goods. Meanwhile allowing for China to build a vibrant middle class, which would bring about an eventual democratic revolution in Beijing, making China a true, lasting friend and trading partner.
Meanwhile, the Americans would elevate themselves from being the manufacturing capital of the world to the leader of the newfangled Knowledge-Based Economy.
None of this happened as advertised. What did eventually occur was that China, with the help of greedy Wall Street types, absorbed, copied, and stole as many trade secrets as possible to ensure that it became the dominant manufacturing nation.
From there, China reinvested the money made from being the most powerful manufacturing country in the world into building their next-generation, high-tech, innovation infrastructure—all while continuing to steal or absorb whatever technologies the West was creating.
China’s efforts have paid off. No longer simply the sweatshop of the world or even the greatest imitator of Western high-tech innovations, China is now innovating on its own. With a more sophisticated manufacturing base and an all-of-society approach to high-tech innovation, China is starting to beat even the Americans in some critical high-tech domains.
In fact, China’s President Xi Jinping declared that China needed to dominate the major areas of the Fourth Industrial Revolution—biotech, metamaterials, quantum computing, fifth-generation (5G) and sixth-generation (6G) internet, hypersonic and other aerospace technologies, for example—for China to displace the United States as the world’s dominant superpower by 2049, the hundredth-year anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China by Mao Zedong.
Even without dominating these high-tech domains, China has made stunning progress in catching up with the Americans at the strategic level. Their nuclear weapons arsenal is more modern and, I believe, larger than the official U.S. intelligence estimates show.
Further, China is expanding that arsenal every year.
Forget About Aliens, It’s China’s Threat That Matters
I have spent the last several years warning Pentagon audiences and various elected leaders about the staggering pace of high-tech development in China. Until very recently, my warnings have fallen on mostly deaf ears. The shift has come because even the Pentagon cannot deny that China has made significant advances in those Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies at a time when the innovation curve in the United States is slowing.
China has already proven it has larger, more sophisticated hypersonic vehicles than the United States does. China is heavily invested in developing metamaterials, these are next-generation alloys that can be used to make better, harder-to-destroy weapons.
China has the world’s only functioning quantum communications satellite, which could completely upend America’s dominance in the telecommunications sector – a position America has enjoyed since the late 1940s.
Certainly, America is developing its own next-level technologies. These exotic technologies are likely not widely known to the public. Russia, too, has some advanced technological capabilities that most ordinary people are likely unaware of.
And both the U.S. and Russia have been developing advanced technology since the end of the Second World War, with China, as you’ve read, joining that race over the last 30 years—surpassing Russia in some cases and, as I’ve noted, possibly overtaking the Americans in certain areas.
With the world teetering on a Third World War, exotic technologies of all nations will soon be put on display. The Americans may be found wanting when compared to their Chinese rivals. Concerned that they may be unable to ultimately match whatever China is planning to do militarily to upend the U.S.-led system, Washington just might be concocting a giant deception to try to keep their rivals in Beijing at bay a little while longer.
If Washington Loses It’s High-Tech Dominance, It’s Over
Hence, the story of aliens visiting the United States and the Pentagon being in possession of exotic technologies from other worlds might only be a cover story. Moreover, the exotic technologies on display could be next-generation American or, God help us, Chinese technologies being tested in our skies.
To me, this possibility is far scarier and more probable than the alien line. The Pentagon doesn’t need to introduce the possibility of aliens when the very real technological threats posed by China are patently obvious.
The Defense Department should be honest about the fact that they’ve wasted much of our time and tax dollars on things that weren’t as important as countering China’s growing tech threat and now we are at the stage where China can threaten us in the essential high-technology arena.
There is a race for advanced technology between Beijing and Washington. But that competition is not over advanced alien technology. It’s over sophisticated, next-generation human innovations. And, for the first time in a long time, America is losing that race.
Where’s the Senate hearings on that?
A 19FortyFive Senior Editor, Brandon J. Weichert is a former Congressional staffer and geopolitical analyst who is a contributor at The Washington Times, as well as at American Greatness and the Asia Times. He is the author of Winning Space: How America Remains a Superpower (Republic Book Publishers), Biohacked: China’s Race to Control Life (Encounter Books), and The Shadow War: Iran’s Quest for Supremacy (July 23). Weichert can be followed via Twitter @WeTheBrandon.