Ever since the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) story broke in 2017 there have been contradictory statements coming from the Pentagon about the AATIP. First the Pentagon admitted that the program did study Unidentified Aerial phenomena (UAP), but that statement was later withdrawn and up till now the Pentagon’s position has been that AATIP did not study such things. This position has now changed.
In a recent statement given to me by the Pentagon they now confirm that AATIP did study Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, but it was not its primary purpose. The purpose of AATIP has earlier been outlined by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) who explained that:
“The purpose of the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) was to investigate foreign advanced aerospace weapons system applications with future technology projections over the next 40 years and to create a center of expertise on advanced aerospace technologies.”
The DIA also added that its goal “was to help understand the threat posed by unconventional or leap ahead aerospace vehicles/technologies that could have national security implications for the United States.”
Going back to February 2020 spokesperson Susan Gough announced that she was working on “an update to previous statements about AATIP.” Time went by and after the announcement of the creation of the UAP Task Force she again told me that she had an update coming out within a week, but that updated statement never came. I recently again asked for the update on AATIP, and this time she sent me the update. AATIP has been depicted as either being a UAP study or an advanced aerospace study. In the updated statement a new picture of AATIP is presented that shows it was both. Susan Gough explains that:
"In developing the reports and exploring how to create a ‘center of expertise,’ the contract allowed for research drawn from a wide variety of sources, including reports of UAPs. However, the examination of UAP observations was not the purpose of AATIP.”
This new depiction of AATIP still differs from how Mr. Luis Elizondo is describing the program. Pentagon has said that the “AATIP was the name of the overall program” and that all work was done under a single contract, and that the “contract was known as the Advanced Aerospace Weapons System Applications Program (AAWSAP).” Mr. Elizondo, in an interview with George Knapp, differs the two programs saying that “AATIP grew out AAWSAP”, and become its own thing “run primarily through government people,” thus not bound to the contract and handled more as an effort within the DOD - not that different from how the UAPTF is handled today. Mr. Elizondo states that AATIP “morphed into what we now know, as the UAP Task Force.” But according to the Pentagon “The UAPTF is not a continuation of AATIP.” The Pentagon explains that “Department of the Navy had been leading assessments of UAP incursions into DOD training ranges and designated airspace since approximately 2018,” and that, “Beginning in 2019, DOD undertook efforts to formalize the good work done by the Navy for DOD.” So according to them it was an informal effort started in 2018 that morphed into UAPTF. Susan has also stated that “Prior to then, each military department handled their own examinations of UAP incursions/sightings.”
So even though Pentagon says some element within AATIP did look into reports of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, there are still many sides of this story that is not clear. But maybe it is just two sides of the same story. Two different perspectives.
Following is the full updated statement from the Pentagon issued May, 21, 2021 , which in part also includes previous statements communicated by the DIA.
Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP)
The purpose of the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) was to investigate foreign advanced aerospace weapon system applications, with future technology projections over the next 40 years, and to create a center of expertise for advanced aerospace technologies. The goal was to help understand the threat posed by unconventional or leap-ahead aerospace vehicles and technologies that could have national security implications for the United States.
The program commenced in Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 with $10 million appropriated in the Defense Supplemental Appropriation Act. DIA awarded a contract to a sole bidder, Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies, LLC. The contract was known as the Advanced Aerospace Weapons System Applications Program (AAWSAP).
The contract goal was to study 12 technical areas: lift, propulsion, control, armament, signatures reduction, materials, configuration, power generation, temporal translation, human effects, human interface, and technology integration. The contractor identified and worked with academics and scientists to produce technical reports. In developing the reports and exploring how to create a “center of expertise,” the contract allowed for research drawn from a wide variety of sources, including reports of UAPs. However, the examination of UAP observations was not the purpose of AATIP.
The first 26 reports were completed by late 2009. The Defense Appropriations Act for FY 2010 included an additional $12 million for the program, and 12 additional reports were produced. A total of 38 technical reports were delivered. The list is below. All of the reports are either classified or marked For Official Use Only. Only a few have been released to the public.
After a review in late 2009, it was determined that the reports were of limited value to DIA. The department terminated AATIP when funding for the program ended in 2012.
Reports produced under AATIP:
1. Inertial Electrostatic Confinement Fusion
2. Advanced Nuclear Propulsion for Manned Deep Space Missions
3. Pulsed High-Power Microwave Technology
4. Space Access
5. Advanced Space Propulsion Based on Vacuum (Spacetime Metric) Engineering
6. BioSensors and BioMEMS
7. Invisibility Cloaking
8. Traversable Wormholes, Stargates, and Negative Energy
9. High-Frequency Gravitational Wave Communications
10. Role of Superconducters in Gravity Research
11. Antigravity for Aerospace Applications
12. Field Effects on Biological Tissues
13. Positron Aerospace Propulsion
14. Concepts for Extracting Energy from the Quantum Vacuum
15. An Introduction to the Statistical Drake Equation
16. Maverick Inventor Versus Corporate Inventor
18. Metamaterials for Aerospace Applications
19. Warp Drive, Dark Energy, and the Manipulation of Extra Dimensions
20. Technological Approaches to Controlling External Devices in the Absence of Limb-Operated Interfaces
21. Materials for Advanced Aerospace Platforms
22. Metallic Glasses
23. Aerospace Applications of Programmable Matter
24. Metallic Spintronics
25. Space-Communication Implications of Quantum Entanglement and Nonlocality
26. Aneutronic Fusion Propulsion I
27. Cockpits in the Era of Breakthrough Flight
28. Cognitive Limits on Simultaneous Control of Multiple Unmanned Spacecraft
29. Detection and High Resolution Tracking of Vehicles at Hypersonic Velocities
30. Aneutronic Fusion Propulsion II
31. Laser Lightcraft Nanosatellites
32. Magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) Air Breathing Propulsion and Power for Aerospace Applications
33. Quantum Computing and Utilizing Organic Molecules in Automation Technology
34. Quantum Topography of Negative Energy States in the Vacuum
35. Ultracapacitors as Energy and Power Storage Devices
36. Negative Mass Propulsion
37. State of the Art and Evolution of High Energy Laser Weapons [SECRET//NOFORN version]
38. State of the Art and Evolution of High Energy Laser Weapons
AATIP vs. UAP Task Force (UAPTF)
The UAPTF is not a continuation of AATIP. Since the majority of reporting about UAP observations in recent years came from naval aviators, the Department of the Navy had been leading assessments of UAP incursions into DOD training ranges and designated airspace since approximately 2018. Beginning in 2019, DOD undertook efforts to formalize the good work done by the Navy for DOD. Former Deputy Secretary Norquist approved the establishment of the UAPTF on Aug. 4, 2020.