For this discussion, Micah is joined by Alejandro Rojas of Open Minds, who shares details with us about a new FOIA release pertaining to the mysterious Pentagon UFO program, the Advanced Aerospace Threat and Identification Program. We take a hard look at what we know so far about this program, which the recent FOIA documents call a "contract," and whether it's all that it has been made out to be. Is this really a government program aimed at the study of UFOs, or is it merely a research and development program (and a modestly funded one, at that) which is looking at advanced technologies with possible aerospace applications? Or, more likely, is it a combination of the two, and if so, what do its key players tell us so far about the reasons for its existence?
We go over what the latest release reveals about the program, which the DIA calls a “contract,” before comparing and contrasting AATIP with its predecessors, the U.S. Air Force Project Blue Book, it’s famous UFO study that ran from 1952 until 1968. Project Blue Book is the subject of a new drama series on History which presents a more fanciful series based loosely on the USAF project and its official scientific advisor, J. Allen Hynek.
However, Project Blue Book wasn't the only government UFO study; in our discussion with Alejandro, we look at several other instances where the U.S. Government may have been studying the possibility that unusual things are being seen in our skies.