I obtained the following statement on AATIP from the DOD’s Public Affairs Office:
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 FY2010 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:
- Inertial Electrostatic Confinement Fusion
- Advanced Nuclear Propulsion for Manned Deep Space Missions
- Pulsed High-Power Microwave Technology
- Space Access
- Advanced Space Propulsion Based on Vacuum (Spacetime Metric) Engineering
- BioSensors and BioMEMS
- Invisibility Cloaking
- Traversable Wormholes, Stargates, and Negative Energy
- High-Frequency Gravitational Wave Communications
- Role of Superconducters in Gravity Research
- Antigravity for Aerospace Applications
- Field Effects on Biological Tissues
- Positron Aerospace Propulsion
- Concepts for Extracting Energy from the Quantum Vacuum
- An Introduction to the Statistical Drake Equation
- Maverick Inventor Versus Corporate Inventor
- Metamaterials for Aerospace Applications
- Warp Drive, Dark Energy, and the Manipulation of Extra Dimensions
- Technological Approaches to Controlling External Devices in the Absence of Limb-Operated Interfaces
- Materials for Advanced Aerospace Platforms
- Metallic Glasses
- Aerospace Applications of Programmable Matter
- Metallic Spintronics
- Space-Communication Implications of Quantum Entanglement and Nonlocality
- Aneutronic Fusion Propulsion I
- Cockpits in the Era of Breakthrough Flight
- Cognitive Limits on Simultaneous Control of Multiple Unmanned Spacecraft
- Detection and High Resolution Tracking of Vehicles at Hypersonic Velocities
- Aneutronic Fusion Propulsion II
- Laser Lightcraft Nanosatellites
- Magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) Air Breathing Propulsion and Power for Aerospace Applications
- Quantum Computing and Utilizing Organic Molecules in Automation Technology
- Quantum Topography of Negative Energy States in the Vacuum
- Ultracapacitors as Energy and Power Storage Devices
- Negative Mass Propulsion
- State of the Art and Evolution of High Energy Laser Weapons [SECRET//NOFORN version]
- 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.
Nick Pope comment:
The above statement updates previous Pentagon statements on AATIP, attempting to clarify its role and – in particular – resolve the question of whether it was or wasn’t a UFO program.
If AATIP had genuinely been about next generation aerospace and weapon threats (which is still the line being pushed) one would expect the center of gravity to have been Russia and China. It isn’t. The list of reports produced under AATIP are focused on advanced theoretical physics concepts such as anti-gravity, additional dimensions, warp drive and wormholes. The fact that one report was about the Drake Equation further indicates that the true purpose was nothing to do with terrestrial adversaries such as Russia and China – the purpose of the Drake Equation is to estimate the number of communicable civilizations in the galaxy.
The key sentence in the revised Pentagon statement is this one: “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”. Based on my own UK Ministry of Defence handling of the UFO/UAP subject, this suggests to me that the focus of AATIP was indeed UFOs, but that those drawing up and managing the contract disguised the true nature of the program. Thus, they described it in terms of next-generation aerospace and weapon threats, to get it past senior Defense Intelligence Agency mangers and to keep it off the radar of the Appropriations Committees in the US Congress. Simply put, a study into UFOs was unlikely to have been approved, so AATIP’s true purpose had to be hidden.
The Pentagon’s apparent flip-flopping on the issue likely reflects the inability of current staff to untangle what was done years ago, in a situation where – as part of the deception – the paper trail didn’t tell the full story, and where most of those involved are no longer in US government service. The fact that this was a highly-compartmentalized intelligence program likely made it even more difficult for current DOD and DIA staff to find out exactly what happened.
This latest Pentagon statement is welcome, but is unlikely to resolve the debate.