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More Light on Black Program to Track UFOs

The Defense Intelligence Agency disclosed this week 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. It was apparently initiated at the behest of then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, with most of the funding directed to a Nevada constituent of his. See “Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program” by Helene Cooper, Ralph Blumenthal and Leslie Kean, New York Times, December 16, 2017.

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. 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 this 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.

8 thoughts on “More Light on Black Program to Track UFOs

  1. The very conventional comments regarding the UFO program that DIA funded are not surprising but do indicate a complete lack of understanding of the scientific issues related to it. Yes, the studies do push the boundaries of science, but the evidence supporting the topic is simply overwhelming. I ran an earlier study which I finally revealed in my book, UFOs: Myths, Conspiracies and Realities. Basically, nearly every sensor system we have has recorded events that cannot be explained. The case mentioned by Leslie in the NYT article is a great example. Multiple radar systems, followed by visual sighting by pilots confirmed the existence of multiple craft conducting maneuvers that you would consider impossible (and certainly not survivable by humans due to excessive G-forces). Further that was not a singular event but continued for a couple of weeks. Such events continue to happen and there are efforts underway to get more of the information into the public domain. The Pentagon is resisting.

    1. Dr. Alexander,
      I have never seen anything in the skies or on the earth that couldn’t be explained in some mundane way. I do not have any inexplicable encounters with unknown entities in any way shape or form. Having said that I do know without a single doubt that objects of non terrestrial origin and under intelligent control have been observed and recorded many times.
      It’s not that I have any inside information but more that I can see,hear and read. I have long held that given the spectacular (Phoenix lights), voluminous pilot, radar, visual corroborated and police reports have long been basis for a serious scientific look at the matter. As you say the evidence is overwhelming. Of course I’m aware of Sign, Grudge, Bluebook et al. Serious?
      The NYT story of Dec 16, 2018 did provide an element that left me without any doubt. Not because it was good journalism but because it allowed Cmdr Fravor to recount his experiences. At its core the significance is that he was vectored to a real world target by a command and control vessel in the worlds most powerful naval force. Anyone who’s interested knows what they saw and recorded from a flir pod. They saw an object of inexplicable flight characteristics that seemed to defy physics. The pentagon has said they did not release “anything” as far as this story goes but no one to my knowledge has refuted Fravor and companies claim. I will say that that silence is deafening.
      I have read your book UFOs: Myths, Conspiracies and Realities. Certainly a remarkable read for anyone who wants to know more about this phenomenon and others. Since, I have considered claims of government possession of alien craft and artifacts that are alleged to have been back engineered to gain technological advantage. It’s self evident that this is not true because there is no demonstrable quantum leap in technology shown by any nation. Why F35 when the craft of the sort that walked all over Fravors Super Hornet are available? The balance of power would so skewed that I’m afraid that would also become self evident.
      It seems there is a continuing need in the intelligence/military complex not to acknowledge. They cannot acknowledge an inability to respond to an omnipotent threat like that should that be necessary. I can’t help but think that some in the intelligence community like the idea that unfriendly players are just not sure what’s going on at groom lake and like to keep it that way.
      One final thought that has always stayed with me since I read your book. In Burt Rutans endorsement of your book he tells his story of his own UFO sighting. “I was on my way to direct the first flight test of the BD-5 when off to the right I noticed a brilliant, hovering, cylinder-shaped object with a length about 4 or 5 times its diameter.” Mr. Rutan is more quailed than most to understand that what he described defies all the flight characteristics of any known vehicle. Yet Mr. Rutan remains a skeptic. Even the most capable and sharp minded of us that see it with their own eyes cannot bring themselves to accept this reality.

      1. Cannot imagine what you are talking about when you say there is no leap in technology demonstrated. Throughout UFOS, I wrote about such demonstrations. As for the 2004 “Nimitz incidents” it is essential to remember that there were several encounters – the visual by pilots was late in the game. The sensors show capabilities far beyond anything we have today, Saw one recently of UFO jumping from the sea (possibly subsurface, to >28,000 ft with G forces over 1000.

        The DoD problem is tradition risk avoidance of embarrassment at not being able to explain what they encounter.

        As for my friend Burt, he knows what he saw. We had discussed it long before I wrote the book. Given his stature in aerospace, I admit I was surprised when he provided those details. His skepticism is of many of the bizarre claims – and I agree with him on that.

      2. Is there one title among the 38 listed that implies anything to do with UFOs or investigation of UFO imagery?

  2. I just watched Richard Dolan’s video blog,,
    He describes the late scientist Dr. James E. McDonald who in the mid to late 60’s studied the UFO phenomenon. Dr. McDonald debunks Project Blue Book and exposed documents from 1953 that the CIA was directing the Air Force to dismiss any serious study of UFO’s. The recent release of the DIA using $22 million for UFO study is a mere drop in the ocean. After the current Senate and President become Democrat in 2020 will there be courage enough to investigate the missing trillions of dollars in black ops from the DoD budget over the decades?

    1. Odd… it seems the prior democratic presidents; Kennedy, Johnson, Clinton, Obama, etc… didn’t have the courage to say anything about the billions of black ops dollars spent. I suspect if any president has the “courage” to step up to the plate it will be Donald Trump. Maybe he will do it after he’s reelected in 2020. \
      Have a nice day 🙂

  3. Most of these are based on thought experiments of General relativity. I don’t know what they conclude but almost all the great work keeps finding FTL unphysical. You can check Google Scholar for a recent these called Warp Drive Spacetimes by Driver. It’s a review. Harry Reid said there are mystery ships that appear. It appears there is a phenomenon but I don’t think it’s ETI. They need to just come clean. It is all this secrecy and dishonesty that the Russians used against to install their agent. I have seen no panic over UAPs. Admit there is some phenomenon we don’t understand.

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