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Does the United States work on a new "Project Blue Book"?

publicado a la‎(s)‎ 26 feb 2020, 6:18 por Plataforma Sites Dgac   [ actualizado el 8 sept 2020, 5:12 ]
Since the closing of “Project Blue Book” on December 17, 1969, it was believed that the United States of America hadn’t done other official studies on anomalous aerial phenomena.
The Pentagon complex in Washington D.C., United States of America.

Tycoon Robert T. Bigelow, founder of Bigelow Aerospace and a keen student on anomalous aerial phenomena.

Luis Elizondo, To the Stars Academy of Arts and Science's 
Director of Government Programs and Services.
However, after the December, 2017, leak of three videos taken in 2004 by US Navy fighters in which they filmed “unidentified aerial phenomena” (UAP), some researchers say that the USA has been researching UFOs officially since at least 2008, according to Popular Mechanics.

The revelation

On December 16, 2017, a New York Times article revealed that the Pentagon secretly funded UFO investigations through the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP), but there were contradictory statements after that.

First, the Pentagon said that the AATIP had indeed researched UFOs under the leadership of Luis Elizondo, a former high official from the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (OUSDI). However, soon after that version changed and the new Pentagon spokeswoman, Susan Gough, said The Black Vault that AATIP was not UFO related, that Elizondo had not been the program head and that he had not had “assigned responsibilities” to that program.
According to a long article by Popular Mechanics, the origin of the current Pentagon activity regarding anomalous aerial phenomena goes back to 1995, when tycoon Robert T. Bigelow, founder of Bigelow Aerospace, created and funded the National Institute for Discovery Science (NIDS), that operated until late 2004.

Bigelow has never hidden his fascination with the subject and in an interview with CBS’s 60 Minutes TV show in 2017 he said that he was “absolutely convinced” that extraterrestrials exist.

A mysterious ranch

Scientists and some renowned characters worked at NIDS, such as former astronaut (and Moon walker) Edgar Mitchell, the world famous astronomer, computer scientist and ufologist Jacques Vallée and doctor Colm Kelleher, among other men of science and former law enforcement agents.
The Institute studied “paranormal” subjects, including alleged encounters with “cryptids,” or strange animals, cattle mutilations and specially UFOs.
NIDS more famous investigation was its study of a Utah ranch, bought by Bigelow, where paranormal phenomena allegedly happened. The place was called the “Skinwalker Ranch” and it played an important role in the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)’s interest in UFOs.

Nevada Senator Harry Reid said in an interview that a DIA scientists contacted Bigelow and asked permission to visit the Skinwalker Ranch. The visit allegedly took place in 2007 and the DIA scientists had an “experience” there which convinced the DIA about the need to “seriously” study UFOs and paranormal phenomena.
Special Report

In July, 2008, with the support of late Senators Ted Stevens and Daniel Inouye, Senator Harry Reid sought funding at the American Congress for the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP). In August of that year, the DIA opened a bid in the private sector.

At the end of that bid at September, 2008, Bigelow’s Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies (BAASS), a Bigelow Aerospace's subsidiary,  was the only company that applied to the bid and received 10 million dollars for a one year contract, with the option to extend it for five years.
When that one year contract ended, BAASS handed the DIA the so called “10 months report”, 494 pages long, with strategic plans, project summaries, data charts, graphics, descriptions of force field effects on biology, physical features, methods of detection, theoretical capabilities, witnesses interviews, photographs and cases synopses, all of them related to unexplained aerial phenomena.
Until the end of its contractual relationship with DIA in 2012, BAASS issued a total of 38 “technical reports” to AATIP related one way or another to the study of “unidentified aerial phenomena”.
According to Pentagon’s Susan Gough, AATIP was operational until 2012, but several of Popular Mechanics sources say that it actually didn’t close and it’s still operational today.

A character with many angles

In 2012 the much debated Elizondo entered the scene, after working as a counterintelligence agent and being with the US Intelligence community afterwards.

In October, 2017, Elizondo resigned to the Pentagon and began working at a private company named To The Stars Academy of Arts and Sciences (TTSA), led by former frontman of Blink-182 rock band Tom DeLonge. That company was behind the leak of one of the US Navy UFO videos en 2017.
Elizondo is currently TTSA’s Director of Government Programs and Services.

Questions to the Pentagon

According to Popular Mechanics, in October 2019 the members of the US Senate’s Select Committee on Intelligence and of the Senate Armed Services Committee were briefed on current affairs related to “unidentified aerial phenomena” and former BAASS contractors and the current AATIP leadership were present on those meetings.
Last year, the Director of the Department of Defense Special Access Program Central Office, Brigadier General Richard Stapp, allegedly said that the mysterious objects observed by the military during their flights are not related to secret American technologies.

The Pentagon didn’t answer to Popular Mechanics queries to confirm the authenticity of those statements.