Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program

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The AATIP, or Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, is not a secret government agency but an obscure one instigated by Senators Harry Reid, Daniel Inouye and Ted Stevens in 2007. Officially, the consideration of anomalous activity, or UAP, reported by military pilots is not part of its domain. The official stance:

“The purpose of 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.”[1]

Sample topics among 38 articles produced by AATIP on space aeronautics and defense leaked through different sources to George Knapp, Nick Pope and John Greenwald[2]:

  • "Advanced Space Propulsion Based on Vacuum"
  • "Transversable Wormholes, Stargates and Negative Energy"
  • "Warp Drive, Dark Energy and the Manipulation of Extra Dimensions"

"AATIP" is also loosely used in reference to the work produced under the AAWSAP, or Advanced Aerospace Weapon System Applications Program, contract that “DIA awarded for the production of technical reports under AATIP.” [3] Yet the official stance remains that “neither AATIP nor AAWSAP were UAP related.” [1] The competition for the millions budgeted for research is slim, with a single primary contractor, Robert Bigelow's aerospace company.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Pentagon spokesperson Susan Gough in an e-mail to The Black Vault
  2. John Greenwald. The Black Vault, August 1, 2019: "The Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) DIRD Report Research"
  3. John Greenwald. The Black Vault, December 6, 2019: “"The Pentagon Corrects Record on 'Secret UFO Program'"
  4. Helene Cooper, Ralph Blumenthal and Leslie Kean, The New York Times, Dec. 16, 2017: "Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program"

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