A secret organisation within the Pentagon is still investigating encounters between US military pilots and unidentified flying objects – eight years after its $ 22 million funding lapsed and it was thought to be disbanded.
In 2017, The New York Times reported for the first time that a US military UFO investigation unit called the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program had been in operation between 2007 and 2012, but at the time it was believed to have been shut down.
However, the effort to explain strange phenomena observed by trained Navy and Air Force pilots – such as the unexplained encounter filmed by pilots based on the USS Nimitz – continues to this day.
The project appeared last month in a US government budget report outlining spending on the nation’s intelligence agencies for 2021.
The still-active operation, renamed the Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force, is now buried within the Office of Naval Intelligence. Some retired officials are still involved in the search for an explanation of these strange phenomena.
Senator Marco Rubio spoke about the reports of unexplained aerial craft to CBS TV’s Jim DeFede, saying that objects – apparently some kind of aircraft – are “flying over our military bases, and places where we’re conducting military exercises, and we don’t know what it is – and it isn’t ours.”
Senator Rubio added that the unknown craft could be the result of “some technological leap” by the Russian or Chinese, and said “Maybe there is a completely…sort of… boring explanation for it. But we need to find out.”
While the Pentagon have claimed that the current investigation is itself not classified, they will not discuss it with reporters because “it deals with classified matters.”
However a recent Senate committee report advised that the Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force should publish a list of its findings at least twice a year.
Harry Reid, the former Senate majority leader, has expressed his firm belief that ships from other worlds had crashed here on Earth more than once, and that the debris had been covertly collected by aerospace companies for Research purposes.
He says: “After looking into this, I came to the conclusion that there were reports — some were substantive, some not so substantive — that there were actual materials that the government and the private sector had in their possession.”
In October last year a team of UFO Researchers claimed to have obtained material from a crashed alien spacecraft that is unusually heat resistant, and bears no relation to metals or alloys used in current military or commercial aircraft.
Steve Justice, the former head of Advanced Systems at Lockheed Martin’s ‘Skunk Works’ who now leads To the Stars’ Technology and Aerospace team said: “The structure and composition of these materials are not from any known existing military or commercial application.
“We currently have multiple material samples being analysed by contracted laboratories and have plans to extend the scope of this study.”
Later that month To The Stars announced a “Cooperative Research and Development Agreement” with the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command. Nothing has been heard since.
Several other highly-placed individuals within the US government have alluded to samples of “crashed spacecraft” that are claimed to be in the Pentagon’s possession.
President Trump said that he knows some “very interesting things” about the most famous UFO story of all time, the 1947 Roswell Incident, and promised he would “think about” declassifying secret papers that revealed the truth about the alleged “spacecraft crash.”