On Sunday, Politco and the New York Times published dual reports on a formerly top-secret Pentagon program launched in 2007 and tasked with investigating reports of UFOs. Supposedly shut down in 2012, the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program was championed by Nevada Sen. Harry Reid and funded with $22 million a year, most of which when to an aerospace research company run by Reid's billionaire friend Robert Bigelow, who, according to the Times, is "currently working with NASA to produce expandable craft for humans to use in space."
The program was run by Luis Elizondo, a military intelligence official. While the Department of Defense says the program had ended, Elizondo, according to the Times:
...said the only thing that had ended was the effort’s government funding, which dried up in 2012. From then on, Mr. Elizondo said in an interview, he worked with officials from the Navy and the C.I.A. He continued to work out of his Pentagon office until this past October, when he resigned to protest what he characterized as excessive secrecy and internal opposition.
“Why aren’t we spending more time and effort on this issue?” Mr. Elizondo wrote in a resignation letter to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.
Mr. Elizondo said that the effort continued and that he had a successor, whom he declined to name.
Since the Times and Politico reports were published, Elizondo has been making the media rounds. On CNN Monday, Elizondo described mysterious spacecraft that can do things that aren't possible with any known human technology, like hovering with no signs of propulsion. These aircraft were, he said, “seemingly defying the laws of aerodynamics.”
“We have identified some very interesting, anomalous type of aircraft—we’ll call them aircraft: things that don’t have any obvious flight services, any obvious forms of propulsion, and maneuvering in ways that include extreme maneuverability beyond, I would submit, the healthy G-forces of a human or anything biological,” Elizondo said. “I can’t speak on behalf of the government, obviously, I’m not in the US government any more. My personal belief is that there is very compelling evidence that we may not be alone, whatever that means."
After resigning in October, in part because he felt the program wasn't taken seriously, Elizondo joined To The Stars Academy of Arts and Sciences, a company that seeks to explore the “outer edges of science” and technology, which was co-founded by Blink-182 singer Tom DeLonge. The Stars Academy recently released this once-classified video:
Even if the US government and private enterprise are unable to definitively confirm the existence of intelligent life outside planet Earth, at least now we have an explanation for the 2001 Blink 182 single, "Please Take Me Home."