The programme is reported to have cost the Department of Defense more than $US20 million before it was shut down in order to save costs. The firm, which continues to hold federal contracts including with U.S. space agency NASA, is owned by billionaire Robert Bigelow, whom the Times described as a friend of Reid. Elizondo left the Pentagon in October. "I've done something that no one has done before".
The Pentagon has sound and video of two exceptionally befuddled pilots gazing intently at a unidentified flying article that pivoted and kept up a "shining atmosphere", as a major aspect of a mystery program that explored the presence of UFOs for a long time at the command of a previous major Democratic pioneer.
A retired Navy pilot contacted by The Post who was involved in a 2004 encounter depicted in one of the videos confirmed that the images accurately reflected his recollection of the events.
"In the end, however, I couldn't carry out that mission, because the department - which was understandably overstretched - couldn't give it the resources that the mounting evidence deserved", he said.
This is not the first time the U.S. government has investigated UFOs and other mysterious aerospace phenomena.
At the time, the UFO comments were lost in the press of other campaign issues, including Wikileaks' release of purloined emails from Podesta's personal Gmail account.More news: Star Citizen developer denies all charges in multi-pronged Crytek legal assault
Despite funding for the programme ending in 2012, defence officials have continued to research UFOs during the past five years, according to anonymous officials quoted by The Times.
Program workers collected materials recovered from UFOs, examined people who experienced physiological symptoms after encountering UFOs, and spoke to members of the military who filed reports on seeing odd objects.
This isn't the first time such a program existed.
Today's articles are likely to return the decades-old debate to the spotlight.
An unnamed former congressional staffer told Politico the UFOs may have been experimental aircraft incorporating technologies that could threaten the United States.
"Was this China or Russian Federation trying to do something or has some propulsion system we are not familiar with?", they said.
"Internationally, we are the most backward country in the world on this issue". "Lots of people are active in the air and don't want others to know about it".