The Navy’s Big UFO Problem

Shelly Fagan
Jun 19, 2019 · 6 min read

For more than five decades, the US government has laughed off unidentified flying objects as swamp gas, weather balloons or vehicles for little green men.

It seems a lack of credibility on the subject of UFOs may now be a serious threat to a potential $13 billion program — and all the people who will become rich along the way.

The Navy Does an About Face

Recently, the US Navy drafted newly classified guidance for pilots and military personnel to report UFO sightings, or what the military calls “Unexplained Aerial Phenomena” (UAP). The term “ExtraTerrestrial Vehicle” or ETV may be more appropriate.

The public should question why this information has been made available to the media after decades of denial, stonewalling, disinformation and outright ridicule of witnesses by government spokespersons. Allegations of coverups have been painted with the broad brush of “conspiracy theories” to malign those who question the official narrative.

The threat of a ruined career has discouraged many in the military and private sector from reporting significant contacts. With this latest announcement, the US Navy seeks to undo the damage they have wrought by changing the guidelines.

The taxpayers are supposed to accept this complete turn-around without question. Fully 80% of Americans haven’t been buying the official explanation on the subject.

Back-Peddling on a Half Century of Lies

Retired Air Force Col. David Shea was the Air Force’s press spokesman on UFOs at the Pentagon from 1967 to 1971. Shea authored the news release about Project Blue Book.

The investigation of more than 12,000 UFO reports concluded there was and . The public was assured there was . The US military was still top of the food chain and Americans were supposed to sleep soundly because a taxpayer funded study said so.

“[T]he conclusions of Project BLUE BOOK are:

(1) no UFO reported, investigated, and evaluated by the Air Force has ever given any indication of threat to our national security;

(2) there has been no evidence submitted to or discovered by the Air Force that sightings categorized as “unidentified” represent technological developments or principles beyond the range of present-day scientific knowledge; and

(3) there has been no evidence indicating that sightings categorized as “unidentified” are extraterrestrial vehicles. . .” Project Blue Book, National Archives

In late 2017, The New York Times revealed the Department of Defense spent $22 million on the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP).

For years, the Pentagon investigated reports of UFOs while the official position on the subject was to remain silent on existence of these objects. The five-year, $22 million program hasn’t been funded since 2012, but insiders report the DoD still investigates reports of the anomalies.

Whether the program was officially shelved or revamped is not clear. What is known is that some of the individuals involved in AATIP are trying to profit off the UFO program.

The connections to wealthy individuals and the call to establish a “Space Force” may hint at an explanation for ending all the secrecy. This 15,000 person, multi-billion dollar program has the potential to enrich politically-connected contractors. No doubt the agency will be shrouded in secrecy.

According to The Times, the AATIP program began in 2007 and was funded at the request of Harry Reid (D-NV), then Senate Majority Leader.

Most of the money was funneled to a company run by a billionaire friend of the Senator. Robert Bigelow ran an aerospace research firm that was working to develop expandable craft for humans on behalf of NASA.

“Working with Mr. Bigelow’s Las Vegas-based company, the program produced documents that describe sightings of aircraft that seemed to move at very high velocities with no visible signs of propulsion, or that hovered with no apparent means of lift.” The New York Times

The Tic Tac Incident

In 2004, Commander David Fravor saw an object “around 40 feet long and oval in shape.” He saw a second object below the surface of the sea over the Pacific Ocean, approximately 100 miles off the coast of San Diego. The Unidentified Submerged Object or USO was estimated to be the “size of a Boeing 737.” The craft was also noted by sea-based radars aboard the USS Princeton, a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser.

Fravor reported one of the craft was “jumping around erratically” ascending to 80,000 feet and then dropping straight down to 20,000 feet over and over again.

The object was estimated to reach speeds in excess of Mach 5 or 3,836 miles an hour. The incident involving the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group off the Baja Peninsula was dubbed the “Tic Tac UFO.”

“. . .it was solid, white, with no edges. . . uniformly colors with no nacelles, pylons or wings. . .an elongated egg or ‘Tic Tac’ shape with a discernible mid-line horizontal axis.” FA-18s from the E-2C Early Warning visual contact

The Nimitz had the most advanced networking capability of any system.


After a spate of high profile UFO intrusions into US airspace over military installations and around naval vessels, it would appear the Navy has decided to take the issue seriously — a problem they have officially claimed did not exist.

A purported “declassified video” shows a very brief clip of US Navy pilots encountering one in 2015. The 35-second piece of footage was allegedly captured by an infrared camera aboard an F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet flying at an altitude of 7,600 meters.

Pilots traveling along the East Coast sighted the craft that had no wings or tail.

Lt. Ryan Graves said of his sighting that the object looked like a “sphere encasing a cube.” He reported the craft performing energy-intensive maneuvers for 12 hours a day, far beyond the capabilities of any known aircraft in existence.

Lt. Graves noted the craft was sighted by pilots from the USS Theodore Roosevelt.

Before you think this video is the result of some fine journalism, it was released by To The Stars Academy of Arts and Science, The organization seeks to research and reverse-engineer UFOs.

According to Wired, the company was launched by personnel from the Military Industrial Complex and Bigelow’s former business endeavor, a cozy relationship that produced little of value to the public.

Where Does this Leave Us?

With the proposal for a Space Force, it seems now might be a convenient time to manufacture a threat from outside our solar system. The initial estimates for the program’s funding of a “single digit” billions of dollars have since been revised upward to $13 billion.

There’s a lot of money to be made.

It seems unusual the evidence was handed over in light of the history of 50 years of disinformation. One must assume there is now some advantage to having the public believe these objects exist. More importantly, the military is hinting UFOs may be some potential unknown threat to national security despite official reports to the contrary.

After a half-century of dismissing thousands of sightings, the US government has a significant credibility problem in regards to UFOs. It doesn’t help the group linked to these revelations are former government employees tied to Bigelow and AATIP.

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