Pentagon spent $31 million per year investigating UFOs

Kristopher Drake
December 20, 2017

The Pentagon has just now acknowledged the program's existence. Be prepared for your conspiracy-loving uncle to be extra insufferable this holiday season.

Reid on Twitter linked to a Saturday New York Times report about the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, a covert Pentagon project which investigated unidentified flying objects.

Working with the aerospace research company, the program produced documents describing sightings of aircraft that hovered with apparent means of lift or seemed to move at very high speeds with no visible signs of propulsion.

On CBS' "60 Minutes" in May, Bigelow said he was "absolutely convinced" that aliens exist and that UFOs have visited Earth. Reid earmarked most of the money for the program to Bigelow, who, through his company Bigelow Aerospace, used it to study material said to have come from "unidentified aerial phenomena", interview people who claimed physical after-effects from their encounters with UFOs, and talk to members of the military about their close encounters.

Its head, military intelligence official Luis Elizondo, quit his official Pentagon role in October. "It was determined that there were other more important priorities that deserved to be funded, in the interests of the Department of Defense", said a spokeswoman.

The programme reportedly cost the Department of Defence more than $20 million (€17 million), but was brought to an end in a cost-saving effort.

UFOs have been repeatedly investigated over the decades in the U.S., including by the American military.

Despite this, officials have, according to the reports, persisted in their investigations of UFO sightings.

The eerie footage comes just as the United States government acknowledged the existence of its Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, which aimed to investigate reports of extraterrestrial life. Bigelow researchers also interviewed people who reported feeling physiological changes after encounters with UFOs, as well as soldiers who saw these unknown flying objects. Iranian pilots frequently chased objects they thought were American drones sent to spy on the country.

"There's a whole fleet of them", one exclaims.

Who knows what else the AATIP program uncovered? Defense officials declined to release the location and date of the incident.

Elizondo, in an internal Pentagon memo requesting that the videos be cleared for public viewing, argued that the images could help educate pilots and improve aviation safety.

Elizondo has now joined another former Defense Department official, Christopher Mellon, who was a deputy assistant secretary of defense for intelligence, in a new commercial venture called To the Stars Academy of Arts and Science.

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