Pentagon Spent $22 Million on UFO Research, Reports Say

"If a Russian 'Bear' bomber comes in near California, it is all over the news," he said. "These are coming in the skies over our facilities. Nothing but crickets."

Pentagon Spent $22 Million on UFO Research, Reports Say
We Say: Newmax and others have recently reported on an Air Force UFO program that was shut down in 2012. But public interest has not waned, with the New York Times and Politico recently publishing articles about the program.  
This is a subject most folks are only familiar with via the X-Files and other TV shows.  
The scary part is how $22 million can disappear from the budget without public notice or Congressional oversight.  

Republished from, by Bryan Lowry, December 17, 2017. Image credit: screengrab/not covered by license. Contributor: Tom Shumaker.

The Pentagon spent millions of dollars investigating reports of unidentified flying objects, according to reports from The New York Times and Politico.

The $22 million Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program began in 2007 after its funding was pushed by Sen. Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat who retired this year, according to The Times. Reid has long had an interest in the phenomenon of UFOs.

Much of the money spent on the endeavor went to an aerospace firm owned by billionaire Robert Bigelow, a longtime friend of Reid, according to The Times. Bigelow told CBS’s 60 Minutes in May that he was absolutely convinced that aliens exist and that UFOs have landed on Earth.

The Times noted that the Defense Department had never before acknowledged the existence of the program, but officials now say it was shut down in 2012.

Politico said the program is getting attention this year because of the October retirement of Luis Elizondo, a career intelligence official who ran the program and reportedly told Defense Secretary James Mattis in his resignation letter that the Department needed to take the program’s research more seriously.

“We were trying to take the voodoo out of voodoo science,” Elizondo told Politico.

Elizondo told of sightings by Navy pilots of aircraft that were able to make maneuvers that should not be aerodynamically possible but complained that military leaders were not taking the threat seriously.

“If a Russian ‘Bear’ bomber comes in near California, it is all over the news,” he said. “These are coming in the skies over our facilities. Nothing but crickets.”

Despite funding for the program ending in 2012, Defense officials have continued to research UFOs during the past five years, according to anonymous officials quoted by The Times.

Reid told the Times he was proud of his role in creating the program.

“I’m not embarrassed or ashamed or sorry I got this thing going,” he said. “I think it’s one of the good things I did in my congressional service. I’ve done something that no one has done before.”

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