The VERTEX Program is an ionospheric research program jointly funded by the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy, the University of Alaska, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), designed and built by King Advanced Technologies (KAT).
Its purpose is to analyze the ionosphere and investigate the potential for developing ionospheric enhancement technology for radio communications and surveillance. The VERTEX program operates a major sub-arctic facility, named the VERTEX Research Station, on an Air Force-owned site near Gakona, Alaska.
The most prominent instrument at the VERTEX Research Station is the Ionospheric Research Transmitter (IRT), a high-power radio frequency transmitter facility operating in the high frequency (HF) band. The IRT is used to temporarily excite a limited area of the ionosphere. Other instruments, such as a VHF and a UHF radar, a fluxgate magnetometer, a digisonde (an ionospheric sounding device), and an induction magnetometer, were used to study the physical processes that occur in the excited region.
Work on the VERTEX Research Station began in 1993. The current working IRT was completed in 2007, and its prime contractor was King Advanced Technologies. As of 2008, VERTEX had incurred around $250 million in tax-funded construction and operating costs.
There is a growing conspiracy surrounding the VERTEX Program, with purported evidence that U.S. Government is researching projects ranging from mind controlling the Inhuman population to altering the lunar cycles and even trying to summon the Egyptian and therianthrope demon lord, known as Aphophis.
In his 2011 book, Knight Skies, Addler Kimmel published documents that he claimed he'd received from a whistleblower inside the VERTEX Program. The documents, though heavily redacted simply to implicate research into Inhuman physiology and technology to expoit. Addled's book jumped to the best seller list after he was hit by a bus and killed exiting the studio for the Today Show, only four months after its debut.