The Strange Case of Dr. Salvatore Pais and the Navy's UFO's
In 2019, a series of strange patents were filed by the United States
Navy describing UFO-like technology and concepts. When unveiled
by The War Zone, they spurred a series of articles chronicling the
publication's attempts at uncovering what was behind these
provocative filings. After obtaining reports on government-funded
experiments conducted by the physicist responsible for creating
the patents, the Navy officially admitted to the existence of
a program aimed at producing high-intensity electromagnetic fields
for power generation and advanced propulsion-and the corresponding
failure of the project to prove the concepts being tested.
The patents were filed by the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft
Division (NAWCAD), and described UFO-like technologies with
provocative concepts. These patents bore titles like "High Frequency
Gravitational Wave Generator" and "Craft Using An Inertial Mass
Reduction Device." In addition they described designs for a room
temperature superconductor, and an electromagnetic 'force field'
generator designed to deflect asteroids.
These patents were designed by Dr. Salvatore Pais, an individual
that, while apparently an accomplished physicist, proved to be
enigmatic in terms of personal details when The War Zone's authors
attempted to uncover any deeper information regarding him.
Although physicists consulted by The War Zone were universal
in their opinion that Dr. Pais's concepts wouldn't work, the patents
were personally vouched for by the U.S. Naval Aviation Enterprise's
Chief Technology Officer, Dr. James Sheehy, who assured the patent
office that the advanced propulsion techniques involved were
possible, based on experiments that they had already conducted.
One has to bear in mind that a concept doesn't necessarily need to
be proven to be granted a patent; individuals and organizations often
file patents on forward-looking technologies to secure the rights to
them for when (or if) their ideas ever come to fruition. Indeed,
Dr. Pais's designs were initially rejected by the patent office as
infeasible, prompting Dr. Sheehy's endorsement of the concepts.
In the end, Dr. Sheehy convinced the patent office to accept the
designs by telling them that the Chinese were already "investing
significantly" in similar technologies, insinuating that they might
wind up with a serious military advantage over the U.S. if the
patents weren't granted.
On January 26, 2021, The War Zone posted an article regarding the
outcome of their most recent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
efforts on the subject, including reports on the experiments
conducted by Dr. Pais and his research team, a project called "The
High Energy Electromagnetic Field Generator (HEEMFG)", meant
to test the feasibility of what Dr. Pais calls "the Pais Effect",
a theoretical concept he claims can generate incredibly powerful
electromagnetic energy fields that can "engineer the fabric of our
reality at the most fundamental level."
The project appears to have involved 10 technicians and engineers
running experiments from 2016 through 2019 on the HEEMFG,
an apparatus involving piezoelectric elements spun at speeds of up
to 100,000 RPM. Aside from a strange sensation that some
technicians reported feeling on their skin, the experiment's report
concluded that "the HEEMFG effect was not observed or disproved
in the tested configuration" by the time the project was
After repeated attempts to contact the Naval Aviation Enterprise
and NAWCAD, NAWCAD's Communications Director, Timothy
Boulay, responded to The War Zone confirming that the experiments
did indeed take place from October 2016 through September 2019,
with a budget totaling $508,000 over the course of its three-year
run. Testing wrapped up in September 2019, with the conclusion that
"the 'Pais Effect' could not be proven." Boulay added that "no
further research has been conducted, and the project has not
transitioned to any other government or civilian organization," and
that Dr. Pais "left NAWCAD in June 2019 and moved to the Navy's
Strategic Systems Programs organization." Boulay also discovered
that Dr. Pais had transferred to the U.S. Air Force in January
of this year.
There are still a number of puzzling facets to this story: HEEMFG
was run for less than $170,000 a year, a drop in the bucket compared
to the Pentagon's Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program's
(AATIP) annual budget of $4.4 million per year to run over its
half-decade tenure - considered a bargain in defense circles; did
the NAWCAD actually have that little faith in Dr. Pais's concepts?
Why would the NAE's CTO go to bat over Dr. Pais's patents, despite
the apparent science fiction-like nature of their concepts?