Moving forward, I was offered a job with a defense contractor that does truly amazing work in the way of securing our troops overseas and keeping them safe while operating in the field. I figured I'd post some information for one of my favorite sector's of our country, the Military Industrial Complex.
Obviously, being hired 1st quarter after this happened is no surprise:
The Pentagon dropped its $533 billion budget this week...Finding the Pentagon’s secret money in the budget involves a bit of document diving and some back-of-the-envelope calculations. A number of programs labeled “classified” are tucked away into the operations and maintenance, procurement and research development, testing and evaluation budgets. Find each budget’s classified total (about $19 billion each for operations and procurement and $18 billion in research), add them together and you’ve got a ballpark black budget.
Taken from: http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/02 ... ck-budget/
$56 billion (at least) allocated to r&d of technologies that the average civilian has no idea exists.
Despite warnings from previous President's, Eisenhower comes to mind, the MIC thrives in the US thanks to secrecy. During the 50s and 60s, this secrecy ushered in the development of some of the advanced aircraft at the time.
In the 60s and 70s (earlier than you think), the development of a sophisticated stealth aircraft was underway. But what if another country had this technology first? Another country did.
Nazi scientists had begun working on an undetectable design.
Called the Horten 229, the radical "flying wing" fighter-bomber looked and acted a lot like the U.S. Air Force's current B-2 — right down to the "stealth" radar-evading characteristics. Fortunately for the world, the Ho 229 wasn't put into mass production before Nazi Germany surrendered in May 1945.
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,529548,00.html (Posted from Fox just for Shad)
Unless you're an aviation expert or a WW II buff, you probably have never heard of the Ho229. If that's the case what else haven't you heard of? Take for example the WASP, and the WASP-2.
Now called the X-Jet, this system was originally designed for quick, battlefield superiority. With mounted M-16a2 rifles (at the time), it was the hope of field operators that enemies would not understand this thing during an invasion and surrender. Not unlike...
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/na ... 020199.htm
A several hundred foot holographic projection of Allah over Iraq? It didn't happen during the Gulf War, but the second invasion of Iraq 4 years after the writing of that article, our technology had progressed and something like that was entirely feasible.
So what's really going on behind-the-scenes? With my clearance, I obviously don't know everything. The way the ONI and Air Force Special Projects branches operate is they put several different departments of one or multiple contractors and sub-contractors in charge of one piece. When you get high enough up, you begin to see the big picture.
It is my belief that the U.S. is in possession of technology that's about 30 to 40 years ahead of what the public sees. This can be substantiated by the donut contrails seen leaving Groom Lake,
Codenamed the "Aurora" by those not "in-the-know," the alleged SR-91 Stealth plane uses a PDE, pulse detonation engine, or a modification of said propulsion system
The first flight of an aircraft powered by a pulse detonation engine took place at the Mojave Air & Space Port on January 31, 2008
Well that's interesting, considering that PDE-like contrails have been observed since at least the early 90s. I can confirm the existence of the "Aurora," however, as I have had first-hand discussions with an Air Force officer who refused to comment on the plane or program, stating that "It's not for the public to know. It's something our country has developed over the past 15 years to be superior in every aspect to our current aerial arsenal." That was fine with me, and I didn't press the matter due to the nature of the sensitivity of stuff like this. It goes deeper than that though. Sightings of aerial craft such as the alleged TR-3B, photographed during a test flight over Belgium. Plenty of other Delta shaped aircraft can be seen in the Mojave desert travelling at unheard of rates of speed. Unamanned or manned? That is unknown at this time.
The TR-3B, an offshoot of the TR-3A (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TR-3A_Black_Manta) is powered by a propulsion system that is currently unkown. Many speculate that it is nuclear, and given some of the events of the past regarding nuclear powered aircraft in the U.S; I'm inclined to think it is a hybrid system. The TR-3B makes no audible noise, when it hovers above a certain altitude, similar to the F-117.
The testing for the propulsion system of this craft goes back at least to the 80s and the Cash-Landrum Incident. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cash-Landrum_incident
Also, it's hush hushed, but the family that sued the government, and lost the case; received an "anonymous" donation to cover medical costs after the case.