Theoretically, I do not believe in Dr. White's model because to do that you need to deny Einstein's Equivalence Principle, General Relativity and the Principle of Conservation. In particular, were the Principle of Conservation not to hold, the entire enterprise of science would be at risk, since it is one of the foundations of modern science. It is because we believe so many different kinds of things are conserved, that we can make sense of the world and do science, and I don't think people who doubt Conservation truly understand what science is all about.
On the experimental issues, I want to cut Paul a break since he was my mentor, and I still consider him a friend, but I think that given Sonny's determination to find what he's after, the entire atmosphere of discovery at Eagleworks is badly mangled by what C. S. Lewis calls a "perverting influence". There is way too much pressure to find what Sonny has been trying to find for 15 years--since before he went back to school to get his PhD and had no tools to justify his position--and when you push hard enough, and allow yourself and others a little slop, you can deceive yourself quite easily. I think this is what is happening and it's happening because of Sonny's delusions of grandeur. The problem is made far worse in that Sonny hasn't ever put together something complete enough to be called a scientific theory, the fact he constantly modifies his theory to fit it to the supposed data, makes false claims about "predictions", and has never published in real peer review. Despite this last, real phsicists deride the model as untenable and are quite direct in saying how and why it cannot possibly be correct, and yet Sonny never answers those critics. This is a pathological response. Real science answers its critics.
And as I've said before, this has gone on and on to the point that it truly qualifies as pathological science. Eagleworks is not conforming to scientific method when they do things like release test results without applying the proper scientific controls, the way they did for the conference some months ago. This was an attempt to get funding, and this is not how real science is done. This qualities as both pseudoscience, because of the lack of scientific controls, and as pathological science.
According to the guy who originally coined the term, Nobel Laureate Irving Langmuir; pathological science happens when a disproven model or paradigm just will not go away, no matter the evidence against it. ZPF and QVF are both instances of this. The models make no sense, and violate the basics of modern physics, yet they are being pandered to by the majority of those advanced propulsion advocates who are looking for real answers. This coddling has resulted in a great deal of animosity from those quarters toward the real physics we ought to be looking into--Mach-Effect physics--which is in perfect accord with all the modern physical paradigms we're currently using.
Yes, M-E physics does rely upon things like Wheeler-Feynman Absorber theory, and yes in particular engineers shy away from time-symmetric solutions, but the fact is Woodward's work is coherent with what we have the best reasons to believe, such as EEP, GR and Conservation, and the QVF model is not. IMHO, if the scientists who do this kind of work were better scientists, no one would be looking at ZPF and QVF and those resources would be bent toward getting answers about M-E physics and gravinertial technology.
"Courage is not just a virtue, but the form of every virtue at the testing point." C. S. Lewis