Defense Dept. spent $22 million/year on UFO research

Harry Reid request Pentagon

The New York Times said the program had a $22 million annual budget and "most of the money" went to Bigelow's research company, which hired subcontractors and solicited research for the program.

"This was so-called 'black money, '" Reid told the Times. Bigelow, a devout believer that aliens have visited Earth, is now working with NASA on producing space modules for human use.

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

"I left to find an environment where investigating these phenomena is priority number one", he said. But its backers say that, while the Pentagon ended funding for the effort at that time, the program remains in existence.

The black-and-white video clip, which dates back to 2004, appears to show an object moving against a cloudy background and zooming away at high speed, off California's coast near San Diego.

The Defense Department claimed the program ended five years ago and so did its funding.

The first public revelations of the program came in a video conference aired in October by To the Stars Academy for Arts and Sciences, the firm Elizondo joined as a consultant after retiring from his Pentagon job.

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Ms Ochoa said: "The DoD takes seriously all threats and potential threats to our people, our assets, and our mission and takes action whenever credible information is developed". It is a rare instance of ongoing government investigations into a UFO phenomenon that was the subject of multiple official inquiries in the 1950s and 1960s.

"It was determined that were other, higher priority issues that merited funding, and it was best interest of the DoD to make this change", spokesman Thomas Cross said. Politico published an identical comment attributed to Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White. Be that as it may, regardless it exists and tests "scenes" announced by current administration individuals, as per The Times.

Program workers collected materials recovered from UFOs, examined people who experienced physiological symptoms after encountering UFOs, and spoke to members of the military who filed reports on seeing odd objects.

Today's articles are likely to return the decades-old debate to the spotlight. "Was this China or Russian Federation trying to do something or has some propulsion system we are not familiar with?" the staffer said.

"Internationally, we are the most backward country in the world on this issue. They are happy to lurk unrecognized in the noise, or even to stir it up as camouflage".

Mr Reid posted a link to the New York Times article on Twitter, writing: "The truth is out there".

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