More light on “Black Programs that supposedly tracked UFOs” – – January 17, 2019

by Steven Aftergood, Federation of American Scientists (FAS) – – January 17, 2019 in FOIA:


The Defense Intelligence Agency disclosed this week  (the week of January 17, 2019)  that it had funded research on warp drive, invisibility cloaking, and other areas of fringe or speculative science and engineering as part of a now-defunct program to track and identify threats from space.

From 2007 to 2012, the DIA spent $22 million on the activity, formally known as the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program.  (This vague program, paid for by our tax dollars, supposedly dealt with Russian or Chinese or any other “external” threat).

It was apparently initiated at the behest of then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid  (a UFO believer)  with most of the funding directed to a Nevada constituent of his  (i.e., eccentric UFO proponent Robert Bigelow and his Bigelow Aerospace).

See “Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program” article submitted by Helene Cooper, Ralph Blumenthal and Leslie Kean, New York Times, December 16, 2017   (all three are UFO proponents)

Yesterday, the DIA released a list of:

38 RESEARCH TITLES funded by the program, many of which are highly conjectural and well beyond the boundaries of current science, engineering — or military intelligence.  Let’s not assume they’re aboutextraterrestrialUFOs.

I am in agreement with the comments made by UFO SEEKERS: 

“On FOX NEWS with Tucker Carlson Nick Pope just totally flipped, stating clearly that the AATIP military science and weapons research program (warp drive, anti-gravity, wormholes) is 100% Alien and UFO research (or UAP) and not military purpose driven research”.

Because according to the Federation of American Scientists  (whom I trust more than any UFO organization)  THE 38 RESEARCH TITLES funded by the program, are only highly conjectural and well beyond the boundaries of current science, engineering — or military intelligence.  And again, let’s not assume they’re about “extraterrestrial” UFOs:

One such title, “Traversable Wormholes, Stargates, and Negative Energy,” was prepared by Dr. Eric Davis, who has also written on “psychic teleportation.”

(Dr. Davis responded vigorously to skepticism of his work in a 2006 comment to FAS’s SECRECY NEWS post.)

The DIA list of research papers, marked for Official Use Only, was previously provided to Congress in January 2018.  It was publicly released yesterday under the Freedom of Information Act.

Although many FOIA offices are closed due to the continuing shutdown of the federal government, the DIA FOIA office and at least some others in the Department of Defense are still operational.

A DIA FOIA officer noted with some exasperation that yesterday’s release of the list of research papers will, in all likelihood, prompt new FOIA requests to his Agency for each of the listed papers.



The reason I posted this item is not because this item proves that we are possibly being visited by physical aliens in physical alien spacecraft of some kind.   In fact, it doesn’t.

The reason I posted this item is because I support the efforts of the Federation of American Scientists  (FAS), the largest citizens’ watchdog agency on Government Accountability.

We have a right to know what is going on, especially when our hard-earned tax dollars are involved in certain governmental projects.

Norio Hayakawa



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