Pentagon admits to running a secret multi-million-dollar UFO program

  • Pentagon admits to running a secret multi-million-dollar UFO program

Pentagon admits to running a secret multi-million-dollar UFO program

This is the first time the Pentagon has acknowledged the existence of the program.

From 2008 through 2011, the Pentagon secretly spent US$22 million on a little-known program to research and investigate the threats posed by unidentified flying objects, or UFOs, The New York Times reported on Saturday. The program was begun in 2007 under the oversight of Senator (and then Majority Leader) Harry Reid, and ostensibly shut down by the Defense Department in 2012.

Former senate majority leader and retired Nevada lawmaker Harry Reid was AATIP's catalyst, earmarking over $20 million of the defense department's budget to fund it. Billionaire Robert Bigelow's aerospace company secured numerous program's early contracts.

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"Why aren't we spending more time and effort on this issue?" he wrote in a resignation letter to Defense Secretary James Mattis.

Two years into the programme, Mr Reid said that the "extraordinary discoveries" made by the programme required "restricted special access".

As it turns out, Reid's interest is shared by one of his Vegas friends, billionaire real estate tycoon Robert Bigelow.

The Pentagon said in a statement the program was now over. "I've done something that no one has done before".

Most of the $22 million a year went to an aerospace research company run by a billionaire entrepreneur and longtime friend of Reid, Robert Bigelow, who is now working with NASA to produce expandable craft for humans to use in space.

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

Among the anomalies the program studied, the paper said, were video and audio recordings of aerial encounters by military pilots and unknown objects, as well as interviews with people who said they had experienced physical encounters with such objects. "I've done something that no one has done before", he added.

"The Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program ended in the 2012 timeframe", Pentagon spokesman Tom Crosson told CNN.

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