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U.S. Government Acknowledges UFO Research Office & Studying Off-World Vehicles

Updated on December 4, 2020
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I have had an interest in the UFO phenomenon for many years. I hope you enjoy these articles about the latest developments in ufology.

The United States government is no longer hiding the fact that there is an official office within the Office of Naval Intelligence that is tasked with studying Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP); aircraft that are more commonly known as Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs). There has also been a revelation by a highly placed government contractor working on a UAP program that “off-world vehicles not made on this Earth” that are made of materials unknown to mankind have been studied under the auspices of a U.S. government-funded program.

These startling new developments are not coming from fringe publications with dubious credentials. They are being reported by mainstream news sources such as the New York Times, Popular Mechanics, and The Wall Street Journal. In other words, reporting about government research programs that concern UFOs is no longer taboo and is now being done by mainstream sources of news. This is quite a change from years past when UFO stories were relegated to fringe publications that few people took seriously.

Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) was started in 2007 after then Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (top) oversaw the passage of secret legislation. Luis Elizondo (Middle). Robert Bigelow (bottom).
Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) was started in 2007 after then Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (top) oversaw the passage of secret legislation. Luis Elizondo (Middle). Robert Bigelow (bottom). | Source

The U.S. Government’s UFO Research Program Is No Longer Secret

A clandestine UFO research program called the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) was started in 2007 after then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid oversaw the passage of secret legislation that instructed the military to investigate UFO sightings by U.S. Military personnel. The government made it impossible for researchers to discover ATTIP by making the program documents the property of a private contractor called Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies (BAASS). Private contractors under contract with the government are not subject to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

ATTIP was the program that cataloged and studied three U.S. Navy videos of UFOs that were released to the public via the New York Times in December 2017. A revelation that caught a lot of people’s attention since the videos were coming from an official government source and released through major media. After the videos were released, government sources claimed the ATTIP had been disbanded in 2012 and UFO research within the government had ceased. A claim that many UFO researchers thought was untrue and just government obfuscation of their ongoing UFO research activities.

Researchers’ skepticism about the cessation of government-funded UFO research was proven correct in June 2020 when the U.S. Senate intelligence committee made public the previously unknown Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force (UAPTF), during hearings associated with the Fiscal Year 2021 U.S. Intelligence Authorization Act. The UAPTF, which operates as part of the Office of Naval Intelligence, took over the AATIP’s UFO research work when that program was disbanded. The UAPTF deals with classified matters, but the task force is no longer a classified program.

Per the New York Times article, the UAPTF was created to “standardize collection and reporting” of UFO (or UAVs as the task force calls them) sightings and is instructed by the enacting legislation to publicly divulge their unclassified findings twice per year. It should be noted that per a June 2020 Senate Intelligence Committee report, the Senators also have down-to-earth national security-related goals for the task force that include uncovering any links that UAVs/UFOs sightings “have to adversarial foreign governments, and the threat they pose to U.S. military assets and installations.”

It seems unlikely that the UAVs/UFOs that are being studied by the UAPTF are of terrestrial origin given their incredible physical abilities to move at speeds and in ways that are well beyond any technology that mankind has developed up to this point. The revelation that the government is studying “off-world vehicles not made on this Earth” also favors a non-terrestrial explanation. But it is sensible for the U.S. government to study whether adversarial countries have made dramatic technological leaps that are just now being detected.

Compilation of the three U.S. Navy pilot sightings of UFOs that were featured in videos released in December 2017.
Compilation of the three U.S. Navy pilot sightings of UFOs that were featured in videos released in December 2017. | Source

The U.S. Government’s Is Apparently Researching Off-World UFO Craft and Materials

One of the most exciting developments has been talk about the government being in possession of vehicles not made on Earth and materials that did not appear to be of earthly or of human origin. According to the July 2020 New York Times article, a briefing was provided to the U.S. Department of Defense in March 2020 by a former consultant, astrophysicist Eric Davis, who worked for the government’s AATIP. During the briefing, he said the government possesses materials from “off-world vehicles not made on this Earth.” Davis told the New York Times that upon inspection of materials from the assumed to be off-world vehicles, he came to the conclusion that “we couldn’t make [them] ourselves.”

Of course, this is just one man’s opinion and does not conclusively indicate that the technologies and materials are from an off-world extraterrestrial source. Mr. Davis’s other-worldly conclusion needs independent verification by other experts to be accepted as scientific fact. Until the off-world craft and materials he speaks of are publicly revealed and vetted by other scientific experts, it is reasonable to reserve judgment regarding their origin. It may only be a matter of time before the supposedly alien technology and materials are revealed publicly and studied by independent experts now that they are no longer secret. However, since they are classified materials, it may take a lot of pressure for the government to open them up to outside scrutiny. For now, we wait for additional verification of the existence of these off-world vehicles and materials.

Sketch of UFO Bob Lazzar Claimed To Reverse Engineer for the U.S. Government

Bob Lazzar claimed in 1989 that he worked on a project at Area 51 in Nevada that involved reverse engineering a captured UFO to determine how it flew.
Bob Lazzar claimed in 1989 that he worked on a project at Area 51 in Nevada that involved reverse engineering a captured UFO to determine how it flew. | Source

The Significance of the UFO Revelations

For the first time, a U.S. government UFO research program is in the public view, included in a publicly accessible part of the Intelligence Authorization Act and discussed publicly by U.S. Senators as part of the Act’s renewal process. UFO research is no longer officially denied by government spokespeople and hidden in secret black budgets. Furthermore, Senators included language in the Intelligence Authorization Act which mandates that the UAPTF report at least some of its UAV/UFO findings publicly every 180 days.

These are startling developments. UFO research within the U.S. government is no longer under a cloak of secrecy and denial. Research into extraterrestrial visitors has gained enough interest and legitimacy that it is now included publicly within a bill authorizing it and the task force doing the research is required to disclose its publicly releasable findings on a regular basis. These are significant developments that remove much of the taboo status that has surrounded discussions of UFOs and research into the same in serious scientific circles.

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