An aerial view of the Pentagon building in Washington, D.C. Photo: AFP staff / Getty Images
The Pentagon has officially confirmed the existence of its $22 million program to investigate unidentified flying objects (UFOs), reported by Politico and the New York Times almost simultaneously today.
Why it matters, per Politico’s Bryan Bender: “The revelation of the program could give a credibility boost to UFO theorists, who have long pointed to public accounts by military pilots and others describing phenomena that defy obvious explanation, and could fuel demands for increased transparency about the scope and findings of the Pentagon effort, which focused some of its inquiries into subjects such as next-generation propulsion systems.”
The details of the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program:
- Harry Reid, the former Democratic Senate Majority Leader requested the program’s funding in 2007.