The US spends a small amount of money to probe reports of unidentified flying objects and alien life out of the huge chunk of money the country spends on defence. This fact has come to light after repeated denials by the country’s defense department. Now it emerges that only only $22 million of the $600 million defence budget is spent on the project known as Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Programme. The Pentagon had consciously kept it as secret as possible. The reason behind this is the fear of being ostracised and stigma. It is very surprising as countries like Belgium, Chile also have UFO projects in their countries and they are more open. Other countries like China, Russia, France, England too have government-funded organisations, which are dedicated to doing research on UFOs and the possible existence of alien life.
Earlier, the US defence officials had said the programme was closed in 2012. However, some reports in the US media said that research on flying objects and aliens is still on and it worked within the maze of the Pentagon office. The project was initially started by Luis Elizondo, an intelligence official. Soon the US government started funding started after it was strongly suggested by Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat who, at the time was Senate majority leader. Elizondo had said during an interview that he cooperated with the CIA and Navy, even as funds for the programme had plunged in few years. However, the military personnel resigned in October, because of increasing secrecy and internal disagreements.
The government for the projects had tied up with Robert Bigelow’s Bigelow Aerospace, an aerospace research firm. Projects study on sightings of aircraft moving at very high speed with no visible signs of propulsion. A video was released as recently as August, showing a white oval object near two US Navy fighter jets, seen from the aircraft carrier Nimitz off the coast of San Diego in 2004. Probing on the sighting of UFO is not news in the US. The country had started probing more than 12,000 UFO sightings in 1947, before ending it in 1969. The project, which was code-named Project Blue Book, concluded that most sightings involved clouds, stars conventional aircraft or spy planes, although 701 continued to remain unexplained.