Pentagon Acknowledges UFO Program

On the front page of its Sunday December 16, 2018 edition, the New York Times ran an attention-grabbing story about a secret ''Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program'' (AATIP) established in 2007 with $22M in funding to investigate UFO sightings. The key items of intrigue from the companion article posted on the Times’ website are videos showing an encounter in 2004 by two Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets over the Pacific Ocean with an unknown object that seems to defy the known laws of aerodynamics.

Here’s what they witnessed, according to the two Super Hornet. pilots. They were on a routine training mission in their F/A-18s from the carrier Nimitz that day when they were asked by the nearby USS Princeton, a guided-missile cruiser, to investigate an unidentified airborne contact. Unknown to either of the pilots, for days the Princeton had been tracking multiple returns, always over the same lat/long spot, descending from somewhere above 80,000 feet down to 20,000 feet to a hover in a matter of seconds. At one point the object was seen by the pilots to hover not far above the water; in fact close enough to disturb the surface. The Princeton had been using its SPY-1 radar to track the objects while they descended, hovered and then zipped away at speeds, turn rates and accelerations that seemed unfathomable.

This was the first time the government has confirmed the details of a radar-visual UFO sighting by Navy airmen. The shadowy program officially ended in 2012, according to the US Defense Department which has for the first time admitted its existence, but the New York Times has reported it is still up and running. Sources tell me that this is merely the tip of the iceberg. A group of four related but separate unacknowledged SCI programs tracing back to a 1947 Truman memorandum still exist and were housed as of the 1990s in major aerospace companies such as for example Lockheed, TRW, Raytheon, Aerospace Corp. etc. These would be expensive programs since the cost of secrecy can be several times higher than the research. The AATIB program has no relation to these four much better funded deep black ones. Indeed, the black programs collectively have budgets in the $10B range and up. Topics apparently include both reverse engineering and extraterrestrial biology. The AATIP did find the UFO crash retrieval program via official channels, but was denied access to it because the AATIP itself is not a SAP. Sen. Harry Reid petitioned the DoD to confer SAP status to the AATIP, but the DoD denied his request.

Another set of incidents, this time involving the carrier Theodore Roosevelt, occurred in 2014, ten years later. Strange objects, one of them like a spinning top moving against the wind, appeared almost daily from the summer of 2014 to March 2015, high in the skies over the East Coast. Navy pilots reported to their superiors that the objects had no visible engine or infrared exhaust plumes, but that they could reach 30,000 feet and hypersonic speeds.

“These things would be out there all day,” said Lt. Ryan Graves, an F/A-18 Super Hornet pilot who has been with the Navy for 10 years, and who reported his sightings to the Pentagon and Congress. “Keeping an aircraft in the air requires a significant amount of energy. With the speeds we observed, 12 hours in the air is 11 hours longer than we’d expect.”

In late 2014, a Super Hornet pilot had a near collision with one of the objects, and an official mishap report was filed. Some of the incidents were videotaped, including one taken by a plane’s camera in early 2015 that shows an object zooming over the ocean waves as pilots question what they are watching. On one occasion one of the objects descended by 30000 feet in less than a second.

“Wow, what is that, man?” one exclaims. “Look at it fly!”

No one in the Defense Department is saying that the objects were extraterrestrial, and experts emphasize that earthly explanations can generally be found for such incidents. Lieutenant Graves and four other Navy pilots, who said in interviews with The New York Times that they saw the objects in 2014 and 2015 in training maneuvers from Virginia to Florida off the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt.

But the objects have gotten the attention of the Navy, which earlier this year sent out new classified guidance for how to report what the military calls unexplained aerial phenomena, or unidentified flying objects.