The Department of Defense’s Ongoing UFO Research Program
The New York Times recently published an article that confirmed in part what UFO investigators, and conspiracy theorists, have claimed for decades. In the bombshell of an article, it is reported that the Department of Defense funded research from 2008 to 2012 into high profile sightings, and the origins of, certain Unidentified Flying Objects. Though the program is now officially stated to go on unfunded, in the four years of acknowledged funding, $22 million of the $600 billion dollar defense budget was dispensed annually to what is known as The Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program. The Defense Department has never acknowledged the existence or presence of UFOs over the United States in any official capacity, but this ongoing research certainly demonstrates an interest in the phenomenon.
In due part to the request made by former Nevada State Senator Harry Reid, the program existed physically on the fifth floor of the Pentagon’s C Ring and was run by Luis Elizondo during its funded years. Billionaire entrepreneur Robert Bigelow, who is now working alongside NASA to produce expandable spacecraft, also seems to have played an important role in the program. the New York Times reports that Bigelow’s company worked with agents assigned to the program to not only produce documents describing sightings, but in one of the reports more startling claims, to house metal alloys and other materials that seemingly came from unidentified craft.
Harry Reid, the senator partly responsible for the founding of The Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, says he is proud of being a part of the beginnings of the program, and says he considers it one of the better things he did with his time in congress. However, it is reported that Luis Elizondo, the agent in charge of the program submitted his resignation in early 2017 due to what he says was vast internal opposition and excessive secrecy. To review The New York Times full article on The Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program visit: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/16/us/politics/pentagon-program-ufo-harry-reid.html.