The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) recently released documents revealing secretive research efforts to develop invisibility cloaks, warp drive, and similar technology, the Verge reported last month.
The five-page document, released on January 16th under the Freedom of Information Act, contained a list of papers written for the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP). Although a majority of the program's funding went toward aerospace research, many of the papers in this document contain speculative research into technology mainly found in science fiction.
The DIA spent $22 million on this initiative between 2007 and 2012, and former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) led the program. According to the documents, the purpose of the AATIP was to “investigate foreign advanced aerospace weapon threats from the present out to the next 40 years.” Senate Armed Services Chairman Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Ranking Member Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) were the original recipients of the documents.
One of the papers in the report was written by University of St. Andrews professor Ulf Leonhardt, whose research has focused on using light and space to produce illusions of invisibility.
He reported that his field has yet to create any technology for military or civilian use. Researchers from the report also determined that we are far away from creating wormholes that can cut across space and time. However, they stated that eventually, “a traversable wormhole can be demonstrated in the laboratory as long as there is a focused, sustained level of long term research support.”
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