The federal government spent millions studying sci-fi threats from outer space

  • 24 January 2019
  • NormanL

We've long argued the federal government has a deep and disturbing spending problem. Little did we imagine that spending included preparing for attacks from outer space.

Consider this Federation of American Scientists story, in which we learn the Defense Intelligence Agency spent millions of dollars on a laundry list of items right out of the sci-fi pulps:

The Defense Intelligence Agency disclosed this week that it had funded research on warp drive, invisibility cloaking, and other areas of fringe or speculative science and engineering as part of a now-defunct program to track and identify threats from space.

From 2007 to 2012, the DIA spent $22 million on the activity, formally known as the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program. It was apparently initiated at the behest of then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, with most of the funding directed to a Nevada constituent of his. See “Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program” by Helene Cooper, Ralph Blumenthal and Leslie Kean, New York Times, December 16, 2017.

Yesterday, the DIA released a list of 38 research titles funded by the program, many of which are highly conjectural and well beyond the boundaries of current science, engineering — or military intelligence. One such title, “Traversable Wormholes, Stargates, and Negative Energy,” was prepared by Dr. Eric Davis, who has also written on “psychic teleportation.”

Congress was made aware of all this in January 2018. The general public might never have learned about it, save for a Freedom of Information Act request.