Military Whistleblower Goes Public with Claims US Has Secret UFO Recovery Program: “Terrestrial Arms Race”

An Air Force veteran is allegedly leaking secret US military programs that he says have been salvaging ships of “non-human origin” for at least several decades.

David Charles Grusch, a 36-year-old Distinguished Retired Combat Officer in Afghanistan, served with the National Reconnaissance Office and served as its representative on the Congressional Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force from 2019-2021. At the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, from late 2021 to July 2022, he also served as co-leader of the Analysis of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) and its representative on the task force recently renamed the All Domain Anomaly Resolution Office.

In the debriefing, it was first reported Monday that Grusch said he had filed a whistleblower complaint with Congress and the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) over classified information, which he believes proves the recovery of partial fragments through and up to intact vehicles for decades has been done by the US government, its allies and defense contractors every day.

Analysis determined that the salvages are “of exotic origin (non-human intelligence, whether extraterrestrial or unknown origin) based on the vehicle’s morphologies and materials science testing, as well as possession of unique atomic arrangements and radiological signatures,” Grusch said.



The Pentagon has given whistleblower David Charles Grusch permission to go public with his claims about an alleged secret US military UFO salvage program. (DANIEL SLIM/AFP via Getty Images)

“We’re not talking about prosaic origins or identities,” Grusch said of the information he provided to Congress and the ICIG. “The material includes intact and partially intact vehicles.”

Grusch also participated in an interview with NewsNation and claimed that many senior and former intelligence officers, many of whom he knew for most of his career, had begun to confide in him, providing documents and other “evidence” that they were part of a secret clearance program that the UAP Task Force was “not read into”.

“These are technical vehicles of non-human origin, call them spaceships if you will, non-human vehicles of exotic origin that have either landed or crashed,” Grusch said.

“Well, of course, when you’re recovering something that’s either landed or crashed. Sometimes you come across dead pilots and believe it or not, as fantastic as that sounds, it’s true.”

“We’re definitely not alone,” he said. “The data suggest quite empirically that we are not alone.”

Grusch told The Debrief that “legacy programs” for unidentified flying objects (UFOs) had long been obscured by “multiple agencies that embedded UAP activities into conventional classified access programs without appropriate reporting to various regulatory agencies.”

He said he had alerted Congress to the existence of a decades-long “publicly unknown cold war over recovered and exploited physical material” – a year-long competition with peer adversaries to identify UAP crashes/landings and obtain the material for exploitation/ Reverse engineering to obtain asymmetric national defense advantages.”

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“There is an elaborate disinformation campaign against the US public that is grossly unethical and immoral,” Grusch told News Nation, recognizing a “great personal risk and obvious professional risk” in speaking out publicly on the subject.

Grusch said he began providing Congress with hours of pre-recorded classified information transposed to hundreds of pages containing specific data about the material recovery program beginning in 2022.

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“People who have participated in these UAP programs have approached me in my official capacity and have raised concerns about a variety of wrongdoings, such as illegal contracting under the Federal Acquisition Regulations and other criminal offenses, and suppression of information in a qualified industrial and scientific base,” Grusch told The Debrief.

Although specific dates such as the locations of the salvage and program names remain classified, and no physical materials have been provided to Congress, several current members of the salvage program have since spoken to the Inspector General’s Office and corroborated the information in Grusch’s complaint.

“His claim about the existence of an Earth arms race that has been going on subrosa for the past eighty years and that has focused on reverse-engineered technologies of unknown origin is fundamentally correct, as is the undeniable realization that at least some of these technologies of unknown origin are of non- based technologies – human intelligence,” Karl Nell, a retired army colonel who worked with Grusch on the UAP Task Force, told The Debrief.


According to the record, Grusch notified the Department of Defense of the information he planned to share with The Debrief, and the Pentagon cleared the intended on-the-record statements for public release in April — just days before Grusch left the administration.

Rick Schindler

Rick Schindler is a Worldtimetodays U.S. News Reporter based in Canada. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Rick Schindler joined Worldtimetodays in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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