Military intelligence documents describing the US Government’s alleged attempts to identify UFO and extraterrestrial threats have been revealed to the public. The UFO revelation comes with the release of a Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) letter to the US Congress, dated January 9, 2018. The letter, shared with Express.co.uk by former MoD UFO investigator Nick Pope, sheds light onto the US’ involvement with UFO research operations. Mr Pope’s investigation into the matter supports claims the US investigated extraterrestrial reports under the cover of aerospace defence pretences.
According to Mr Pope the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP), which ran from 2002 to 2012 and was first made public in 2017, acted as this cover.
In his estimate, the DIA document, which he obtained through a Freedom of Information (FoI) act, proves this.
The UFO expert told Express.co.uk: “Ever since the existence of AATIP was first revealed in December 2017, there’s been controversy about its true nature – was it a UFO program, as claimed by some of those involved, or simply a program aimed at assessing far-term aerospace threats, as some sceptics have suggested?
“Answering that question is difficult because we still have very few official documents about AATIP, but the Defense Intelligence Agency letter to Congress that I recently obtained from the DIA’s Office of Corporate Communications gives us some clear pointers.
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“In the letter, the DIA describe AATIP’s purpose as being ‘to investigate foreign advanced aerospace weapon threats from the present out to the next 40 years’.
“But there’s a total disconnect between that statement and the list of ‘products produced under the AATIP contract’ listed in the letter’s attachment. This list sounds like Harry Potter meets Star Trek, with papers on anti-gravity, invisibility cloaking, stargates, warp drive and wormholes.
“The clincher is a paper on the Drake Equation, which was drawn up in 1961 by the radio astronomer Frank Drake.”
Drake’s Equation is a theoretical approximation on the number of intelligent and technologically advanced species throughout the Milky Way Galaxy.
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The equation sets to answer one of the most fundamental questions of existence – are we alone in the universe?
There’s no doubt in my mind that AATIP was researching and investigating UFOs
But its presence in unclassified military documents seems ill-placed, Mr Pope argued, and suggests AATIP was indeed involved in researching extraterrestrial threats.
Mr Pope said: “If AATIP was about aerospace threats and not UFOs, where are the papers about Russian and Chinese aircraft, missiles and drones? There aren’t any.
“Taken collectively, the papers look as if they were drawn up to answer a question along the lines of ‘if we’re being visited by extraterrestrials, what technologies might they be using, and can we figure out these technologies ourselves?'”
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The DIA letter, addressed to former United States Senator John McCain and Senator Jack Reed, outlines the AATIP’s research tasks, goals and technologies.
Among the more bizarre items listed in the letter, are reports of invisibility cloaking research, “Antigravity for Aerospace Applications”, “Warp Drive, Dark Energy and the Manipulation of Extra Dimensions” and aforementioned Drake’s Equation.
Mr Pope said: “The US Government seems to have been looking at all this in terms of assessing threats and opportunities, which is exactly what I would expect in an intelligence program of this nature.
“It’s broadly similar to the way we looked at the issue in the Ministry of Defence. Whatever the true nature of the UFO phenomenon, the question is whether or not anything useful can be derived from a better understanding of what we’re dealing with.
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“Technology acquisition – including weaponisation – is at the heart of this.
“Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who was the key figure in getting AATIP set up and funded, spoke to this point in a 2009 letter to the Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn III.
“He wrote that the ‘technological insight and capability gained will provide the US with a distinct advantage over any foreign threats and allow the US to maintain its preeminence as a world leader’ while warning that the technologies ‘have the potential to be used with catastrophic effects by adversaries’.”
But the one missing piece of the puzzle is the complete lack of the term UFO through both letters – a practice, which is not at all uncommon across government departments investigating such issues.
The MoD for instance, Mr Pope said, would refer to Unidentified Flying Objects as UPSs – Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon.
Doing this would “reframe the debate” from associations with science-fiction associations surrounding the concept of UFOs.
Mr Pope said the pop-cultural baggage surrounding the term UFO is too counterproductive to entertain in a scientific and research environment.
He said: “While there’s no doubt in my mind that AATIP was researching and investigating UFOs, describing the program in aerospace terms makes sense.
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“Part of that may have been an attempt to hide the program, keeping it off the radar with Pentagon financiers looking for cuts, and making it more difficult for journalists and the public to find it using the Freedom of Information Act.
“That said, there are potential aerospace spin-offs too. As an example, if we can render an aircraft not just stealthy, but literally invisible, there are obvious military benefits.
“There are potential military applications with a lot of the other things AATIP was looking at too.
“Nowhere is this more true than in space, which along with cyberspace is probably going to be the key battlespace in any future war.”
The ATTIP was born in 2007 under the direction of Nevada Senator Harry Reid, under the guise of exploring unexplained aerospace threats.
Between 2002 and 2012, the program received a research budget of £17million ($22million).
The US public was made aware of the program in 2017 when a number of high profile media outlets, including Politico and The New York Times, reported on it.
The ATTIP’s 38 research initiatives were then revealed to the public on January 16, 2019, following a Freedom of Information request (FoI).