Military hypersonic missile scientist duped colleague into hiring prostitute at top Air Force lab


A senior US Air Force hypersonic missile scientist duped his colleague into hiring a prostitute at a top military research team so that he could continue paying for her services without his wife’s knowledge, a search warrant revealed.

Dr. James Gord was accused of tricking a supervisor into hiring the 32-year-old sex worker, Amanda F. Savino, onto a team tasked with developing hypersonic jet engines and rockets at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, in 2017, a warrant obtained by the Daily Beast showed.

Although Savino’s incompetence in physics, engineering, and the basic use of word processors was quickly revealed during her day-to-day at the office, she was soon offering what expertise she did have to other scientists at the base, with one individual paying her $20,000-a-year to clean his apartment in the nude before engaging in oral sex.

As the plot began to unravel and the duped supervisor attempted to oust Savino from her post, Gord became erratic and threatened to kill the supervisor and himself, but ultimately transferred the prostitute to another military contractor and $150,000 in funding to pay for her salary.

Investigators also turned up a spreadsheet on Gord’s government issued laptop on which he curated a list of at least 27 prostitutes he frequented while on US Government trips. Several of the prostitutes were deemed to be from nations considered a threat to US security. 

Gord, who told his colleague he did not want his wife and family to find out about his affairs, died under unknown circumstances in 2021. 

The warrant, which was filed in December of 2019, sought access to Gord’s email account for evidence of embezzlement/misuse of government property, false, fictitious, or fraudulent claims, ethnic intimidation, aggravated menacing, and extortion of officers or employees of the United States.

Savino was being investigated for false, fictitious, or fraudulent claims, and prostitution near military and naval establishments. It is unclear where the case against her stands.

Dr. James Gord was accused of tricking a supervisor into hiring sex worker Amanda Savino, 32, onto a team tasked with developing hypersonic jet engines

Sex worker Amanda Savino, 32, was employed on a team tasked with developing hypersonic jet engines and rockets at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio

Sex worker Amanda Savino, 32, was employed on a team tasked with developing hypersonic jet engines and rockets at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio

The warrant stated that in October 2017 Gord – who had a laundry list of academic and professional achievements, awards, degrees, and patents to his name – came to Spectral Energies CEO Sukesh Roy with a sure-bet hire for an administrative technician role he was looking to fill. 

Spectral Energies had received millions in government funding and been contracting at Wright-Patterson for 17 years, the warrant noted. Gord was in charge of the contractor’s technology, and was also tasked with allocating its funds. 

The warrant said Gord told Roy he had ‘recently met a young professional while on a flight to Washington, D.C. [identified as Savino] and was very impressed with how she presented herself.’

Gord told Roy he felt Savino would be a ‘good fit’ for Spectral Energies, and that she had provided him a resume of her accomplishments which included a degree in biochemistry from the University of Tennessee, and qualifications from the University of Cincinnati medical school. 

‘Gorg highly encouraged Roy to hire Savino, speaking favorably of Savino’s technical expertise,’ the warrant read, ‘He then finished by stating ‘she’s also really hot.”

Following the advice of his friend and reputable colleague – who the Air Force wrote ‘had produced myriad fundamental technology breakthroughs in burst-mode laser measurement systems’ – Roy hired Savino for a November 2017 start date.

Savino’s incompetence became immediately apparent, the warrant states, and Roy ‘quickly became frustrated with Savino’s lack of capability in the position.’

‘Over her first few months on the job, Roy stated Savino was not timely with her [expenses], did not fully understand how to use basic word processing and document creation software, and struggled to formulate coherent interoffice emails.’

Spectral Energies CEO Sukesh Roy hired Savino after Gord spoke on her behalf and provided a false story about her background

Spectral Energies CEO Sukesh Roy hired Savino after Gord spoke on her behalf and provided a false story about her background

Spectral Energies has bene employed as an Air Force contractor at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for over 17 years

Spectral Energies has bene employed as an Air Force contractor at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for over 17 years

After she failed to provide her college transcripts, Roy discovered that her resume was fabricated, and that she possessed none of the qualifications she and Gord claimed she had.

When Roy confronted Gord about the revelation, he owned up to the truth of his relationship with Savino, that she ‘was a prostitute he met in Cincinnati, OH.’

‘Gord told Roy he did not want his wife or children to know about his relationships with these women,’ the warrant read, while also detailing how he confessed to curating a spreadsheet of at least 27 prostitutes across the country who he would patronize while traveling on US government business.

‘Gord told Roy he would take out cash advances against his government travel card to pay these women so that his family finances were not effected.’

The warrant noted that many of the women Gord frequented while travelling for work ‘were foreign nationals from countries considered U.S. National Security concerns.’

Gord explained to Roy that though he paid Savino $400 per hour for her services, ‘he declared her love for Savino and she declared hers for him.’  

Gord told Roy how he and Savino regularly exchanged sexually explicit messages on his government issued phone, including elicit photos being sent to it by Savino.

He also elaborated that she engaged in sexual acts with other employees at the base, including with a man only identified in the warrant as Dr. I. K., who paid her the $20,000 per year to clean his apartment in the nude and then service him orally.

Despite the revelations about her true identity, Gord asked Roy to expand Savino’s technical research responsibilities with the military contractor, and even to include her name on research publications.

He also urged that Roy assign Savino as the representative for Spectral Energies for any duties outside of the Dayton, Ohio, area. 

‘Roy refused both requests, citing Savino’s position with the company as an administrative technician and because she was not a technical expert in their field.’

Roy also asked Gord to cease any contact with Savino, which ‘angered’ him, ‘and ultimately ended all discussions between Roy and Gord about Savino.’

The warrant said that Roy met with his attorney to discuss firing Savino, but was advised to wait until her one-year review in November 2018 to ‘limit the company’s potential liability.’

The crimes laid out against Gord and Savino, as listed in the warrant issued. They included embezzlement/misuse of government property, false, fictitious, or fraudulent claims, ethnic intimidation, aggravated menacing, and extortion of officers or employees of the United States. Savino was being investigated for false, fictitious, or fraudulent claims, and prostitution near military and naval establishments. It is unclear where the case against her stands.

The crimes laid out against Gord and Savino, as listed in the warrant issued. They included embezzlement/misuse of government property, false, fictitious, or fraudulent claims, ethnic intimidation, aggravated menacing, and extortion of officers or employees of the United States. Savino was being investigated for false, fictitious, or fraudulent claims, and prostitution near military and naval establishments. It is unclear where the case against her stands.

Upon learning about Roy’s plan to oust Savino, Gord’s behavior began to unhinge as he told Roy he was the only person he had confided in and explained ‘if anyone ever learned about the nature of his relationship with Savino, Gord would know Roy was the one who leaked this information.’

‘Gord then stated he would come to Building 5 with one of his many guns to ‘end it all,” the warrant read, ‘Roy perceived this to mean that Gord would kill Roy and then himself.’

‘Gord also reminded Roy, of Bangladeshi ethnicity, that Gord was a senior research scientist at AFRL, and that as Roy was an immigrant the ‘old boys club’ at AFRL would never believe Roy if he disclosed the information about a scientist as well respected as Gord.’

The problem seemed to resolve itself about two weeks before Savino’s one year review, when she announced she would be leaving Spectral Energies in October, 2018. Roy learned soon after that she had taken a job with Innovative Scientific Solutions Incorporated (ISSI), where she was listed as a technical research assistant.

However, at about the same time Savino began her work at ISSI, Roy learned that Spectral Energies would not be receiving the full grant from the Air Force Research Lab that it had been consistently given the ten years previous, a grant that Gord was responsible for dolling out.

Instead of the $250,000 Roy had come to expect, he learned that Spectral Energies would only receive $100,000, and that Gord had elected to send the other $150,000 to ISSI.

‘The timing of Gord’s decision corresponded to Savino’s new position at ISSI,’ the warrant read, noting that a search of Gord’s phone revealed that he told Savino the grant would cover her ISSI salary.

The warrant said that in the months following Savino’s departure, Roy heard that Gord was introducing Savino as a research assistant to colleagues in his professional circle.

‘During this time, a colleague informed Roy that the vice president of ISSI, Dr. John Hoke, was surprised Roy allowed Savino to leave Spectral Energies considering how important she was to Gord.’

Roy initiated his complaint about Gord’s behavior to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) in March, 2019. AFOSI began their investigation the following month, discovering that none of the schools in Savino’s story had any record of her attendance.

In addition to seizing electronic devices, when agents searched Gord’s office they found women’s underwear, a box of Trojan condoms – a 12 pack containing only 10 – and a several empty bottles of erectile dysfunction medication.

Investigations into Gord’s email revealed he advised Savino about the importance of their maintaining a credible backstory that ‘must sync with one another, be simple, and be as near to the truth as possible.’

Their official story, according to correspondence, was that Savino and Gord met while seated next to each other on a flight from Dallas, Texas, to Dayton, Ohio. Savino was to say that she struck up a conversation when she noticed a presentation Gord was working on, and that her interest was piqued because of her background as a biochemistry graduate from the University of Tennessee. 

In addition to an art degree from the University of Florida Savino was to say she had been enrolled in medical school at the University of Cincinnati, but that she dropped out because of financial strain caused by a difficult divorce.  She was also to maintain that she was a certified firefighter and EMT.

Another email recovered, headed ‘Dearest Amanda,’ first explained plans for her hire, before transitioning to a second section titled ‘***Personal Activities***.’

Under ‘***Personal Activities***,’ Gord talks about ‘playtime,’ explaining his preference for ‘sexy lingerie’ and erotic clothing, and asking Savino to bring the ‘Screaming O.’ The warrant clarifies the meaning of the Screaming O, saying ‘Agent note: a request that Savino orgasm during sex.’

The warrant also writes Gord insisted sleeping alongside Savino was ‘very important to him,’ as he cited sleeping next to ‘Renee’ for 31 years of their marriage as evidence that intimacy was critical.

‘Good night, my dear!’ The email concludes.

Savino could not be reached when contact by the Daily Mail for comment. 

What goes on at Wright-Patterson Air Force base? 

Aircraft have been landing and lifting off from the land where Wright-Patterson stands just outside of Dayton, Ohio, since the Wright brothers began testing their Wright Flyer III at the site in 1904. From 1910 to 1916 the pioneering brothers operated a flight  school at the field, and during World War I the field was purchased and established as an Air Force base.

Since then, the base has been central to Air Force operations in the United States, serving not just as a garrison for troops and aircraft but also as a center for research and technological development.

In August, 2019, researchers at Wright-Patterson conducted a record-breaking hypersonic engine ground test in which an 18-foot air-breathing engine produced 13,000 pounds of thrust for a half hour. Hypersonic engines – which allow aircraft and missiles to fly at more than five times the speed of sound – have been in development for ten years.

Hypersonic missiles travel at more than five times the speed of sound in the upper atmosphere – or about 6,200 km per hour (3,850 mph). This is slower than an intercontinental ballistic missile, but the shape of a hypersonic glide vehicle allows it to manoeuvre toward a target or away from defences. 

‘The base is headquarters for a vast, worldwide logistics system, a world-class laboratory research function,’ the Air Force says about the base, describing it as ‘the foremost acquisition and development center in the U.S. Air Force.’ 

The base is currently the home of the Air Force Research Laboratory, which employs over 10,000 people working on ‘science and technology that range from fundamentally to advanced research and technology development,’ according to the Air Force. 

The National Air and Space Intelligence Center, which is tasked with watching the skies, the stars, and cyberspace for national security threats, is also based there. The Air Force describes the Center as the Department of Defense’s ‘primary source for foreign air and space threats.’

The Air Force Institute of Technology also calls the base home, giving graduate students hands on training in the development and of the technologies intended to make the US the world’s predominate air power.

Also at home at Wright-Patterson is the Air Force Materiel Command, which is one of the entities in charge of developing and testing aerial and aerospace military technology.

The airbase was famously home to many of the US Government’s UFO studies programs, including a number of official investigations that took place between 1951 and 1968. Wright-Patterson is famous for being home to the purported ‘Hanger-18,’ where people have claimed some of the of the debris – including live beings – of the crash in Roswell, New Mexico, were transferred in 1947. 

In a 1988 interview, former presidential candidate Barry Goldwater claimed that when he asked General Curtis LeMay for access to a ‘secret UFO room’ at Wright-Patterson, LeMay angrily responded ‘Not only can’t you get into it but don’t you ever mention it to me again.’  

The military has denied these claims that there are or ever were extraterrestrials at the base.

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