Reports: Pentagon funded UFO investigation office

Aerial encounter
A video shows what’s said to be an encounter between a Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet and an unknown object. (Department of Defense via New York Times)

The U.S. Department of Defense funded a program to investigate unidentified flying objects until 2012, and the program may well be continuing with alternate funding, The New York Times reported today.

The Times says its report is based on a range of interviews with people familiar with the program — including the military intelligence official who ran it until a couple of months ago, Luis Elizondo; and the now-retired U.S. senator who helped get $22 million in funding for the program, Nevada Democrat Harry Reid.

“This was so-called ‘black money,’” Reid told the Times.

The Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program is also discussed today in a report published by Politico.

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By Alan Boyle

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