The Pentagon has acknowledged for the first time the existence of a program charged with investigating unidentified flying objects.
According to a New York Times report, the $22 million Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program began in 2007 and was funded primarily at the request of former Sen. Harry Reid, who has long had an interest in the topic.
The Pentagon told the Times that the program ended in 2012. Its supporters say it is still in existence, but that the Defense Department has stopped funding it.
Most of the money went to a Nevada-based research firm and government contractor, Bigelow Aerospace, run by Robert Bigelow, a billionaire businessman and a friend of Reid.