January 13, 2020
In the late 1990's a book titled The Day After Roswell was published by a Col. Corso. In the book, Corso claims he was responsible for passing out pieces of recovered technologies from the Roswell Crash to various research labs for the purpose of reverse engineering the technology. One of these artifacts was given to Night Vision Labs at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Corso claims this artifact inspired the development of night vision technology. Since my father worked at that lab at the time and was one for the engineers that built the first pair of night vision goggles, I have some stories I think you might find interesting.
Let me start at the beginning and this story begins during world war two on the Russian front. The Germans were trying to develop technology that would give them an edge over the Russians. One of these technologies was Night Vision. Back then the technology involved a flood light that emitted light waves in the infrared spectrum and a pair of goggles that could see the infrared light. The equipment was bulky as it took up the back of a cargo truck and never really developed to the point where it was useful. In the aftermath of the war both the American side and the Russian side scrambled to recruit of projects scientists. These scientists would then set up shop on either side of the iron curtain and continue to develop the technology. Then something interesting happened on the American side. In the early 1960's after 20 years working on the technology the German scientists at Night Vision Labs abandoned their work on the active infrared technology and started work on an entirely new technology.
They called that new technology star light magnification. They would take the existing photons in the environment and amplify their wave height nearly a million times. To accomplish this they abandoned the small lab they had at an Atlantic Research facility and moved into a brand new lab built on a secluded section of Fort Belvoir. It was during this expansion that my father was hired.
As a youth I was allowed into the lab numerous times but there was one section I was never allowed to visit. I met the German engineers that had founded the lab. My father referred to them as unreconstructed Nazis but it was all in fun. They loved my dad. I was allowed to play with the prototype of the night night goggles. They called it a star light scope. I watched them demonstrate some of their laser equipment. They used them for range finding and guiding bombs. And I got to see the results of some early work on what would become FLIR technology.
As my father got older he retired and became somewhat talkative about his work for the Army. He was proud of his accomplishments and wanted to share that with his son. But he also didn't want to lose his pension.
But now my father has passed and I am going to share some of his stories here. The work on the old technology was abandoned because of their acquisition of a piece of equipment they referred to as The Foreign Device. Part of the mission of the lab was to analyse foreign equipment and see if they could learn anything useful from them. Every similar device had to overcome the same engineering problems and they wanted to know if the other side had a better solution than they had. If so, they would incorporate this new knowledge into the next generation of equipment. But this Foreign Device was like nothing they had ever seen. It's origin was marked as unknown which wasn't unusual. What was very unusual is that this device was not an electronic device but a photonic device. It used photons not electrons in its circuitry. They knew instantly that this device was constructed by someone that had a much better knowledge of physics than they. The device was able to act upon the photons from a distance. They had no idea how it was doing that but they didn't need to. They learned from the device how to amplify the existing light and they where able to replicate that process in the lab. However, it would take sometime to shrink the technology to the point where it was man portable.
My father never claimed the device was of alien origin. He was a man of science. He wouldn't make any claims he couldn't prove. But he did know this. That device was not created by the Russians or any other faction he knew of.
February 2, 2018
Billy Johnson, thank you for pointing this out. I have been having a hell of a time capturing anything on video to verify my encounters. If we are simply using their tech, it would make sense that they would know how to avoid it, or render it useless.
It's better to walk alone, than with a crowd going in the wrong direction. H.S.