The existence of an international recovered UAP materials research program amongst the U.S. and key intelligence allies has been revealed through a recent internal government memo sent to the Canadian Minister of Defence from a Member of Parliament (MP) who has attended briefings with “American officials” regarding UAP. In addition to bringing this Foreign Material Program (FMP) to the Minister’s attention, the MP is urging the Canadian government to prepare for potential public announcements regarding UAP that might be made by the nations participating in the AUKUS security program in the coming months.
The memo in question, obtained by investigative journalists Jeremy Corbell and George Knapp and titled “Defence Research and Development Canada in possession of recovered UAP material”, was sent by Brandon-Souris MP Larry Maguire to the Canadian Minister of Defence, Anita Anand; in the memo, Maguire informs Minister Anand that through his “meetings with American officials” he has learned that “the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and Senate Committee on Armed Services have been undertaking in-camera hearings with government and military subject matter experts on the recovery and exploitation of physical material from Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP).”
Maguire also states that, through records “publicly traceable to circa 1950,” Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC, Canada’s counterpart to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)), Canada “has participated in efforts to analyze UAP” using “recovered foreign material” through a program called “the Five Eyes Foreign Material Program (FMP)… sponsored by the Canadian Forces Intelligence Command aligned with several intelligence sharing arrangements and treaties.”
The Five Eyes (FVEY) is an intelligence-sharing alliance dating back to the Cold War, comprised of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States, and is affiliated with the recently-formed UKUSA Agreement; in May, the head of the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO), Dr. Sean Kirkpatrick, hosted an informal meeting with representatives from the Five Eyes alliance to discuss how to better collaborate on the UAP data their respective agencies are collecting.
However, when asked about the details of the meeting by DefenseScoop, all five members refused to divulge any details: while the New Zealand contact simply deferred to their US counterparts, the Australian contingent said that their “Department of Defence does not have a protocol for reporting or recording of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) or Unidentified Flying Objects (UFO),” while the UK and US contacts failed to provide any answer before DefenseScoop’s article was posted.
Canada provided the most comprehensive response, although, again, the statement provided no real details. “Our nations’ militaries routinely exchange information on a number of subjects as part of our long-standing cooperation as partners in defence,” according to the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) statement. “While the details of the meeting remain classified it can be characterized as the sharing of information on the subject of UAP and no further details can be shared at this time. This sharing of information is an example of the ongoing important relationship between our militaries.”
In his March 22 memo, Maguire recommended that Defence Minister Anand should “request a classified briefing, containing full sensitive and protected program information from your officials on the Government of Canada’s historical and ongoing efforts on analyzing recovered UAP material.” He also advised that as part of the Sky Canada Project, “it is essential the Chief Science Advisor be given full access to defense programs and be briefed on the collaborative scientific research efforts with our allies.”
The Sky Canada Project, a study launched earlier this year focused on taking stock of how UAP reports in Canada are collected and analyzed—if at all—was prompted by Maguire’s official 2022 request for “the Chief Science Advisor… to undertake a comprehensive study on UAPs in Canada;” the Project was launched by the Office of the Chief Science Advisor of Canada (OCSA) the following year.
Maguire is also concerned that Canada may appear to be caught flat-footed if its allies, specifically those in AUKUS (Australia, UK and US) begin to make official announcements regarding the recovered material.
“It is imperative the Government of Canada have a communications plan to respond to these upcoming public revelations that will stem from these American FMPs,” Maguire warned. “Not only are there national security and aviation safety concerns that need to be addressed, but there will also be a larger debate about why there is a lack of transparency and accountability regarding UAP programs and policy.”
Maguire goes on to say that Parliamentary oversight of the institutions involved in these research efforts needs to be implemented, and that the required Ministers (analogous to the Secretaries that head the various executive departments of the US government) be properly briefed on the FMP. “It is incumbent your department inform you of what collaborative efforts have occurred with our allies and the details of existing Agreements and Memorandums of Understanding that govern the program and may have been coordinated through Global Affairs,” Maguire asserted.
“Canada’s credibility with our allies and the Canadian public must transcend politics and I firmly believe we can work together in a bipartisan manner,” Maguire said. “Regardless of the classified details of specific FMPs, the public revelations by these subject matter experts who have testified before Congress present an opportunity for the Government of Canada to take a visible leadership role in confirming the existence of recovered material and balancing our national security obligations.”
In analyzing the text of the memo in the latest episode of Weaponized, Corbell and Knapp point out that the paper trail that the “publicly traceable” records may refer to a 1950 memo that illustrates that Wilbert Smith, the then-senior radio engineer for the Department of Transport, knew of the US government’s UFO recovery program; at the time, Smith was the head of Project Magnet, the Canadian government’s first UFO research program.
Corbell and Knapp are hoping to conduct an interview with Maguire to clarify what the Manitoba MP knows about past and present UAP recovery and research programs—and what official announcements on the subject he suspects might be made in the near future.
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