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UFO Whistleblower’s Think Tank Announces Groundbreaking UAP Event

A depiction of what a UFO might look like, via Canva. The Sol Foundation is studying UAPs.

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UFO whistleblower David Grusch is part of a unique UAP-focused foundation hosting its very first event about UFOs in November. Grusch gained international attention when he sought whistleblower protection and publicly revealed allegations that the U.S. has a secret UAP retrieval and reverse-engineering program. Now, the group he said he is part of — The Sol Foundation — has just officially launched and is seeking researchers and corroborators. 

To review a comprehensive, in-depth breakdown of all of UFO whistleblower Grusch’s claims, with citations, see our story here

David Grusch’s Resume Noted That He is COO for The Sol Foundation

When Grusch was one of three witnesses who testified about UAPs under oath before the House Oversight Committee, his resume was also posted on the House’s official website, with only his contact information redacted. Here’s the first part of that extensive resume: 

David Grusch resume (
David Grusch resume (

On page 2 of his resume, he listed The Sol Foundation as his current job. 

David Grusch resume (
David Grusch resume (

Grusch’s resume noted that he has been the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of The Sol Foundation since May 2023 to present-day. His duties include “managing day-to-day operations for a 501c3 federally recognized non-profit. The premier center for research in the natural and social sciences, engineering, and the humanities, but also extends activities to advisory and policy work for the U.S. government/public outreach.” 

It’s worth noting that the Sol Foundation’s new website only lists two people on its “main board,” and does not list Grusch. The people listed are Garry Nolan, executive director of the board, and Peter Skafish, Director of Research. Nolan is a professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, and Skafish is a sociocultural anthropologist who has held faculty positions in France, Canada, Germany, and the U.S. 

Nolan holds 40 U.S. patents and has been honored as “one of the top 25 inventors at Stanford University,” according to his impressive bio

Nolan has spoken about Grusch before, at one point noting that we would be seeing more of Grusch after the House hearing. 

He said in the interview that he knew Grusch quite well. 

According to The Sol Foundation’s press release upon launch, former Inspector General of the Intelligence Community, I. Charles McCullough III, is serving as legal counsel for the foundation. McCullough also represented Grusch when he first came forward as a whistleblower. 

The Sol Foundation Is Pushing for Transparency, While Being a ‘Leading Source of Research’ on UAPs 

According to The Sol Foundation’s press release, the think tank’s mission is “to be a leading source of research on the issue, while providing the most informed and insightful policy recommendations to governments. The Foundation will encourage greater government transparency, drive collaborative sharing and review of academic insight, and champion methodical, scientifically-robust assessment and analysis.”

Nolan is quoted as noting: “The time has come for serious and credible academic research into the potential nature of UAP and the broad implications for science and policy. We are committed to helping guide the public conversation on a mass scale in terms that everyone can understand.” 

The press release says the foundation will recommend federal policies for dealing with UAPs and will release white papers on how existing Department of Defense programs can study UAPs. 

The Sol Foundation’s First Event Is in November

The new foundation is already planning its first major event in November. The “first annual conference” is taking place at Stanford University from November 17-19. 

The website notes that the conference will be “covering everything from the scientific study of UAP data to philosophical questions raised by it to related global security issues, the meeting brings together Avi Loeb, Charles McCullough, Cristopher Mellon, Garry Nolan, Jacques Vallée, and other leading academic and government voices on UAP.” 

McCullough is The Sol Foundation’s legal counsel, a former inspector general, and Grusch’s lawyer when he first reported his whistleblower claims. 

Christopher Mellon is the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, and former Minority Staff Director of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, according to his X bio.  He’s been outspoken about disclosure and researching UAPs on X (formerly known as Twitter.) 

On August 19, he said there was little chance of further House Oversight Committee hearings about UAPs. He added: “However, the Intelligence and Armed Services committees remain engaged and there is far-reaching legislation in the DoD Bill that establishes a process for declassifying unprecedented amounts of UAP data.”

Mellon post on X
Mellon post on X

Avi Loeb is a theoretical physicist from Harvard who took an expedition off the coast of Papa New Guinea looking for remnants of meteors that he believed might contain alien technology. They recovered metal spherules that they are investigating, Thema News reported

Jacques Vallee is a computer scientist and venture capitalist who has a long history studying UFOs. He wrote on The Debrief that ten years ago, he was part of the scientific team for Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies and had some early classified access to certain UAP images. He said BAASS produced a series of reports that are “still controversial and partially withheld” about scientific developments surrounding these observed objects. He said that a team of programmers and coders were then recruited to implement CAPELLA, a data system he had developed to help the investigation of “global patterns behind the phenomenon.” This, he noted, was part of AATIP. 

He wrote: “It was the first step of a three-stage process I engineered, aimed at supporting a realistic AI-driven investigation of the phenomenon in its global manifestations.” The data included 260,000 reports over a span of 70 years. 

He wrote: “CAPELLA, to my knowledge, remains classified on account of the reasonable argument that unsupervised release would expose medical records, private lives, and proprietary industrial data in violation of a blizzard of legal challenges.” However, he added, that data can be sanitized enough to allow much of the data to be released. 

With such a stellar lineup of UAP experts (and more expected to be announced), the November conference will be a must-watch for anyone in the UFO space.

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    Stephanie Dwilson started Post Apocalyptic Media with her husband Derek. She's a licensed attorney and has a master's in science and technology journalism. You can reach her at [email protected].

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