In addition to formulating plans for any possible future battles while running the world’s largest military, it has been discovered the Pentagon has also been investigating the possible existence of UFOs.
On Saturday, the New York Times reported about the once classified project, revealing it was started in large part due to the strong interest in UFOs by former Senator Harry Reid.
According to the Times, the program was launched in 2007 after the Democratic senator from Nevada spoke with his old friend, Robert Bigelow, the founding millionaire of an aerospace company. Bigelow has also spoken in the past about his own interest in UFOs and the possibility of extraterrestrial lifeforms.
The anomalies that the program studied included audio and video recordings of military pilots’ aerial encounters with unknown objects, as well as interviews with people who said they had experienced physical encounters with those objects.
In one instance, the program reviewed video material from a Navy F / A-18 Super Hornet aircraft surrounded by a bright object of unknown origin traveling at a high speed in an unrevealed location.
The Pentagon said the program had since been closed, ending in 2012 when the Pentagon determined there were higher priority projects where the funds would be better spent.
But according to the Times, certain aspects of the program still exist and some officers continue to investigate encounters made known by members in service.
View this report from ABC News on “Good Morning America”: