Of course, while I was working on all this something else occurred to me: I know several universities have offices of technology transfer, where they more or less give away equipment or processes developed by academics to private industry. Could there be a connection between the military and the OTT at the University of Hawaii? Maybe the link between those two is tighter than we thought. Maybe the same thing is going on with Standford and IBM and all that. University-corporate linkages being subsumed into a government project and obscuring the real players. It's almost a perfect setup to disguise government activity. This may be the link we're looking for.
I'm going to get on all this, but any more suggestions you guys have will be very welcome.
One other thing that may be of interest...wouldn't the power companies and other energy firms be interested in this kind of work too? Those technology transfer offices may yield some results if you check what private firms bought rights to some of their universities' work. Conceivably anyone in the field could be involved. Hey, this could even have been an Enron experiment, aborted when that company went belly up a few months ago (and now untended and out of control). Or it could be an attempt by an outfit like PG&E in California or ConEd in NYC to tap into a new energy source...in which case it might still be going on, and you can find out about its workings in order to help Christine stop it and patch things up. In that case the secrecy is probably intended to keep things proprietary while they develop the technology and get ready to market it (which pretty clearly must not have worked out).
Don't know if this makes sense...but it's one possible avenue to investigate.