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Pentagon in U-turn over secretive UFO program

By T.K. Randall
December 8, 2019 · Comment icon 12 comments

Was the Pentagon really investigating UFOs ? Image Credit: US Air Force / Kevin Robertson
The US government has completely changed its story over the purpose of its now-cancelled UFO program.
Known as the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP), the top secret initiative, which reportedly aimed to investigate credible reports of UFOs, ran from 2007 to 2012.

Now though, the exact purpose of this secretive program has been called into question courtesy of Pentagon spokeswoman Susan Gough who recently spoke to The Black Vault's John Greenewald jr.

According to Gough, neither AATIP nor its predecessor the Advanced Aerospace Weapon System Applications Program (AAWSAP) had anything to do with unidentified aerial phenomena.

"Neither AATIP nor AAWSAP were UAP related," she said. "The purpose of AATIP was to investigate foreign advanced aerospace weapons system applications with future technology projections over the next 40 years, and to create a center of expertise on advanced aerospace technologies."

This seems to contradict everything that we know about these projects and their intended purpose.

AATIP was originally founded at the request of former senator and UFO enthusiast Harry Reid and was reportedly aimed at investigating credible sightings of unidentified flying objects.
Among these were reports by US military pilots of unknown objects traveling at impossible speeds without any visible means of propulsion, or hovering without any apparent means of lift.

The objects encountered during the USS Nimitz incident would have also been of major interest.

"If anyone says they have the answers, they're fooling themselves," Reid wrote. "We don't know the answers but we have plenty of evidence to support asking the questions. This is about science and national security. If America doesn't take the lead in answering these questions, others will."

Could it be that recent interest in the phenomenon has prompted the Pentagon to distance itself from the idea that it had been investigating UFOs ?

Could the use of the word 'foreign' in Gough's comments still indicate a focus on potentially 'alien' technologies in addition to those of other world powers ?

The search for answers continues.

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Comment icon #3 Posted by Trelane 4 years ago
Both programs were a result of threat analysis and recommendations for further data collection. Following the end of the Cold War and Persian Gulf War, the shift for unconventional enemies and advanced technology threats were, and still are, taken very seriously. "This contradicts everything we know of the programs." It should actually mean what the reporters were told and believe. The push for this to be associated  with extraterrestrial crafts and beings is rubbish. The DOD and sub components along with the intelligence apparatus are deeply concerned with peer to peer or near-peer threats an... [More]
Comment icon #4 Posted by stereologist 4 years ago
The AATIP program was there to assess threats to the military. One of the important issues is to find out why pilots were confused about what they saw. Previously the Navy spokesman stated that the U in UAP meant unknown or unauthorized. That is consistent with what is still being stated by the military.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Hammerclaw 4 years ago
the military is always interested in unknown craft in our air space or near our ships. They just won't assume Unknown=ET.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Manwon Lender 4 years ago
What better way to hide your true intents, why not tell the truth when the program is declassified.
Comment icon #7 Posted by RoofGardener 4 years ago
Meh... a single, relatively low-grade, member of the Pentagon.  sorry, somewhat unconvincing.  The REALITY is that the Pentagon have been in close contact with alien spacecraft, and have already negotiating surrender terms for Planet Earth.  In accordance with the Atlantis Agreement, as negotiated by Elvis Presley, riding Shergar. 
Comment icon #8 Posted by ThereWeAreThen 4 years ago
I spat my tea out to that you b******.
Comment icon #9 Posted by SpaceBumZaphod 4 years ago
Too late for the military to turn back now, the geanie is out of the bottle. The Navy top brass have already admitted publicly that UAPs exist, and they can out fly anything we have. It's the same with the two Pentagon programs. We know UFOs (UAPs) exist. What we want to know is, what are they and who's flying them?
Comment icon #10 Posted by stereologist 4 years ago
You are making a number of mistakes here. 1. A UAP means unidentified or unauthorized. That is what the Navy states. That is not something admitted, that is the definition. 2. The top brass has never admitted "they can out fly anything we have". In fact no one has admitted that. There are some people that have made that claim. No evidence supports that. UFOs or UAPS are often the mistaken interpretation of the people using sensing equipment such as radar, visual sightings, or IR. The military would lie to reduce the misidentifications and the unable to identify situations. It protects the warr... [More]
Comment icon #11 Posted by Hazzard 4 years ago
And I could not agree more. If more people understood this simple fact, there would be less mud in the waters of UFOology.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Brassboy86 4 years ago
How could it not be UAP related? Couldn't

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