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r/SpecialAccess is a community devoted to uncovering the hardware produced by Special Access Programs of the last 50 years.

A Special Access Program (SAP) is a platform or project that has extremely controlled access. Long after a program has been completed, the massive security around it lives on. The astronomical costs associated with declassification keeps their status in limbo indefinitely. As a result these historic works of engineering are sometimes buried and their records destroyed.


/r/SpecialAccess is a community devoted to uncovering Special Access Programs of the last 50 years.

A Special Access Program (SAP) is a platform or project (sometimes very exotic) that has extremely controlled access, distribution, and protections way beyond those of "top secret". This enforced state of need-to-know ensures only a minimum number of cleared personnel are given access to SAP information.

Long after a program has been completed, the massive security around it lives on. Many of these programs could be declassified, but the astronomical costs associated with declassification keeps their status in limbo indefinitely. As a result these historic works of engineering are sometimes buried and their records destroyed.

This robs a great many selfless individuals of the credit they deserve for working on these secretive programs. We would like to change that. Please help us on our quest to uncover the cobwebs from-

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Motherboard - What Was Havana Syndrome?

6 Comments
2023/01/28
11:25 UTC

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Vice - The US Soldiers Leaking Nuclear Secrets | Investigators

1 Comment
2023/01/27
08:14 UTC

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Highly Classified Aerospace Programs | Alex Hollings | Podcast The Team House

7 Comments
2023/01/26
18:21 UTC

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Navy sensor contract at nearly half a billion dollars

It appears that this did not go out to bid. My thought is they are buying something that exists rather than something under development, but usually they state what they are buying even if it is sole sourced.

"Argon ST Inc., Fairfax, Virginia, is awarded a $463,023,379 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost reimbursable, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. This contract procures various Multi-Intelligence Sensor Development Sensor Suite production unit components for fielding in various manned and unmanned aircraft, as well as associated engineering support for the Navy, Foreign Cooperative Partners and Foreign Military Sales customers. Work will be performed in Fairfax, Virginia (75%); and Germantown, Maryland (25%), and is expected to be completed in January 2028. No funds will be obligated at the time of award; funds will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N0001923D0008)."

Info from USA Spending:

https://www.usaspending.gov/recipient/ad6fbadc-dd82-ab98-07fb-aeca67a38325-C/all

https://www.argonst.com/

0 Comments
2023/01/23
03:51 UTC

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If any of you wonder why we mod this sub with an iron fist, go look at this "dorito craft" post in /r/aviation and see what a shit show the comments are.

43 Comments
2023/01/14
01:33 UTC

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Statement by Pentagon Press Secretary Air Force Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder on the Annual Report on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP)

31 Comments
2023/01/12
19:56 UTC

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The SR-71 being retired in 1990... why tankers still flew to refuel JP-7 for several years after that?!

41 Comments
2023/01/03
16:26 UTC

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Fun fact. The Air Force and CIA teamed up to create project blue book. It would explain away all the sightings of recon craft that were reported as UFO's. Does this sound familiar?

8 Comments
2023/01/02
18:02 UTC

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Navy Veteran and F-14 aviator Ward Carrol comes to the conclusion that the Tic Tacs belong to the Pentagon.

20 Comments
2022/12/29
18:09 UTC

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TACMOR: OTH radar

Tactical Mobile Over-the-Horizon Radar

Reading the DoD contracts, I was surprised to see one for over the horizon (OTH) radar. Sometimes contracts in the DoD budget reflect the US building a project for another country using our expertise but it turns the US is going back into the OTH business for keeping an eye on China.

This link explains the project. "Secure undisclosed receiver"?...ok if you say so. I doubt this will be a secret for long. Certainly not the transmitter site whixh can be received on a shortwave radio. Also if they are building concrete pads for the project, I don't see it being mobile.

https://insidedefense.com/insider/air-force-eyes-new-radar-installation-palau

And the contract:

Gilbane Federal, Concord, California, is awarded an $118,368,220 firm-fixed-price contract for the construction of reinforced concrete pads and foundations in support of the installation of the Tactical Mobile Over-the-Horizon Radar equipment in the Republic of Palau. Work will be performed in the Republic of Palau, and is expected to be completed by June 2026. Fiscal 2019 military construction (Air Force) funds in the amount of $20,043,496 will be obligated at time of award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Fiscal 2020 military construction (Air Force) funds in the amount of $98,324,724 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the System for Award Management website, with three proposals received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Pacific, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, is the contracting activity (N62742-23-C-1311).

16 Comments
2022/12/29
08:06 UTC

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Images of the unknown stratospheric airship that overflew Pangasinan, in NW Philippines yesterday.

11 Comments
2022/12/20
21:01 UTC

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That time the Air Force and NSA teamed up to drive a man insane after he discovered a special access program at Kirtland AFB....

19 Comments
2022/12/20
06:21 UTC

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[2400x1168] Additional B-21 image taken by Time Magazine

2 Comments
2022/12/03
21:27 UTC

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This should definitely lay to rest any doubts that the B-21 is based on RQ-180/Shikaka/Son of J-UCAS.

38 Comments
2022/12/03
16:59 UTC

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SecDef Lloyd Austin's remarks on the B21 and his body language when he mentions "new weapons that haven't even been invented yet" were interesting...

Just finished watching the unveiling like a fan boy and wanted to make a post about something that raised my eyebrows sky high.

SecDef Austin's body language when he describes the Raider's open architecture, specifically when he brings up its capability to field new weapons systems in the future, was a huge anomaly compared to the rest of his speech. He's not a great orator, but he does maintain a certain consistency quite well. I am totally grasping at straws here, but based on what I saw I believe that those "new weapon(s)" Austin brings up may not in fact be just a pipe dream. He broke stride, looking down and licking his lips, then gave an obvious head shake around the moment the words "haven't even been invented yet" left his mouth...

I'm no expert on body language by any means, but what I saw was a pretty strong indicator that Austin was trying to power through some internal self-deception during this part of his speech. He knows what he's about to say is bullshit but that he's still going to say it regardless.

TLDR: The US has some new, novel, and exotic weapon(s), either fielded or in the final stages of development, and that the B-21 is or will be a capable delivery platform. What they are or what they are capable of I can't begin to imagine, but SecDef Austin just told the world that the US Military has some new and potentially game changing rounds in the chamber without saying a word.

Edit: wording

9 Comments
2022/12/03
04:07 UTC

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First look at the new b-21 raider

36 Comments
2022/12/03
01:17 UTC

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