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Pentagon spent $31 million per year investigating UFOs

Pentagon spent $31 million per year investigating UFOs

The Pentagon has acknowledged that its long-secret UFO investigation program ended in 2012, when US defense officials shifted attention and funding to other priorities.

In a welcome distraction from everything else, The New York Times and Politico reported on Saturday that the Department of Defense ran a shadowy program whose goal was to conduct research and analysis into UFOs.

Nevada Democrat and former USA senator Harry Reid pushed for funding for the program in 2007, according to the report.

"I'm not embarrassed or ashamed or sorry I got this thing going", Mr Reid told the New York Times. I think it's one of the good things I did in my congressional service.

The programme reportedly cost the Department of Defence more than $20 million (€17 million), but was brought to an end in a cost-saving effort.

Leaked records appear to show the United States government was secretly investigating reports of aircraft moving at "very high velocities with no visible signs of propulsion, or that hovered with no apparent means of lift".

"This was so-called black money", Reid told the Times regarding the Defense Department budget for classified programs. The program has released documents and videos that describe aircraft that, The Times says, "seemed to move at very high velocities with no visible signs of propulsion, or that hovered with no apparent means of lift".

The Defense Department didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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The Times reported that alongside their regular work, Pentagon officials were still examining incidents reported by members of the U.S. military. "I've done something that no one has done before", he added.

"The Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program ended in the 2012 timeframe", Pentagon spokesman Tom Crosson told CNN.

However, according to former employees of the investigative force, the programme has continued to probe mysterious reports under another secretive name.

Numerous findings remain classified to this date.

Beyond preparing for the next field of battle, or advancing a massive arsenal that includes nuclear weapons, the Pentagon has also researched the possible existence of UFOs.

Apart from Elizondo, the consortium also employs a former CIA contractor named Harold E. Puthoff, as well as another former Defense Department official, Christopher K. Mellon, who was a deputy assistant secretary of defense for intelligence.

A retired Navy pilot contacted by The Post who was involved in a 2004 encounter depicted in one of the videos confirmed that the images accurately reflected his recollection of the events.