The New York Times broke a story about the Defense Department’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, which spent $22 million investigating reports of unidentified flying objects. The program started in 2007, and parts of it are still classified.
Military intelligence official Luis Elizondo was in charge of the program, which “produced documents that describe sightings of aircraft that seemed to move at very high velocities with no visible signs of propulsion, or that hovered with no apparent means of lift,” according to the Times report.
As part of the program, metal alloys and other materials that were reportedly collected from unidentified objects that could fly through the air have been stored in Las Vegas for researchers to study.
Is the program still going on?
That’s not clear … the Defense Department says the program was shuttered in 2012, but its backers told the Times that the program still exists even though it’s not currently getting funding.
Elizondo told the Times that while the funding ended in 2012, the program and its investigation into UFO sightings continues.
Does the government believe aliens exist?
Elizondo joined Glenn on today’s show to answer this pressing question. While he could only speak on his own behalf based on his Pentagon experience, Elizondo cautiously pointed to “evidence” that alien life exists and explain why the U.S. government should continue to investigate UFO sightings.
“The evidence at this point is quite overwhelming,” Elizondo said. “I think we are entering a new era.”
He added that the two videos of reported UFO sightings that have recently been released to the public are a “very small sample” of what the government has collected.
Glenn thought America’s newfound fascination with space was one of the “remarkable” stories of this year. But our interest in space goes beyond Elon Musk’s latest innovations with SpaceX – we want to know if aliens are a real possibility.
“There’s something else that’s going on,” Glenn said. “Are we alone?”