Department of Defense
In the nearly half-century of correspondence
between the Burnelli Company and the Department of the Defense, the latter has been very consistent.
They've stonewalled and played every bureaucratic trick in the book, and much
to their discredit, they're still stonewalling.
The knowledge that this is the DOD's tactic is so pervasive that
even cartoonists use it as a subject.
(Remember: for something to be funny, there has to be some
truth to it and the audience has to have some knowledge as
to its veracity)
Despite the cartoon, this is no joke.
The reason for the stonewalling goes back to the intimate
relationship between the military and industry (otherwise known as
the 'military-industrial complex' a term coined by President
Eisenhower). Military and industry look after their own
interests first and foremost.
The interest of the people (who are paying for all of this) is
secondary as is evidenced by:
'save-harmless clause,' - discussed in the introduction
- the various letters from manufacturers
proving that this way of shifting liability to the D.O.D.
(Department of Defense) for theft of technology is still the
of Burnelli technology for use on the most advanced military aircraft
- and the simultaneous refusal to overturn the 1941 report which
states among other things that "That the Burnelli 'lifting
fuselage' design does not offer sufficient new or novel ideas of
military value to warrant the construction of experimental or
Since the correspondence from the Department
of Defense has been so consistent we've chosen to start by uploading
the most recent correspondence as a typical example of how they've
behaved thus far. (As time permits, we'll start uploading older correspondence.)
Mr. Goodlin's letter of July 14, 1999 included all of the
information needed to see that the 1941 report is clearly a
falsification of facts. Yet, Secretary Cohen deferred
responding to a subordinate who, on August 4, 1999
wrote an almost identical letter to his predecessors letter of August
Finally, on August 27, 1999
, Burnelli's Mr. Goodlin, in a concilatory effort to finally
get this issue settled, asked Secretary Cohen to have the
USAF's most senior aeronautical engineer sign an
affidavit stating the validity or invalidity of the 1941 report as the case
may be (copy of affidavit is enclosed below the letter). This would settle the
matter, wouldn't it?
To date, the Burnelli Company has
received no answer at all
from either Secretary Cohen or the D.O.D. despite a reminder
letter dated October 7, 1999
We'll keep you