The Pentagon acknowledged the fate of the long-secret UFO investigation program in response to a Reuters query.
“The Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program ended in the 2012 timeframe,” Pentagon spokeswoman Laura Ochoa said in an email.
“It was determined that there were other, higher priority issues that merited funding and it was in the best interest of the DoD to make a change,” she said.
The Pentagon, however, didn’t clarify if the UFO program continues to be an integral part of the U.S. defense establishment.
“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,” Ochoa said.
Elizondo has since joined The Stars Academy of Arts and Sciences, a public benefit corporation. Started by former Blink 182 vocalist Tom DeLonge, the corporation has “mobilized a team of the most experienced, connected and passionately curious minds from the U.S. intelligence community, including the CIA, Department of Defense, who have been operating under the shadows of top-secrecy for decades”.
“My personal belief is that there is very compelling evidence that we may not be alone,” he told CNN.
“These aircraft – we’ll call them aircraft – are displaying characteristics that are not currently within the US inventory nor in any foreign inventory that we are aware of. 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,” he added.
Two pilots of the US Navy Super Hornet fighters have recently revealed that they spotted a UFO on a training mission about 100 miles off the Pacific Ocean in 2004, the New York Times reported.
“I have no idea what I saw. It had no plumes, wings or rotors and outran our F-18s,” Commander David Fravor said about the 40-foot, oval-shaped white object.