The Black Vault’s AAWSAP/AATIP and Post 2017 UAP/UFO Timeline Project

The Black Vault’s AAWSAP/AATIP and Post 2017 UAP/UFO Timeline Project NOTE: This page is a rare “pre-launch,” posted for feedback as it is being built. It is far from complete, and changes are still being made. Please offer your feedback via the contact form above to let me know what you think,   The current [...] The post The Black Vault’s AAWSAP/AATIP and Post 2017 UAP/UFO Timeline Project appeared first on The Black Vault.

The Black Vault’s AAWSAP/AATIP and Post 2017 UAP/UFO Timeline Project

The Black Vault’s
AAWSAP/AATIP and Post 2017
UAP/UFO Timeline Project

NOTE: This page is a rare “pre-launch,” posted for feedback as it is being built.

It is far from complete, and changes are still being made.

Please offer your feedback via the contact form above to let me know what you think,

 

The current UFO and UAP conversation is downright confusing.

Dealing with AAWSAP and AATIP alone from the 2008-2012 era, there are numerous contradictions in the timeline with adequate and verifiable citations to show the story is much more convoluted than some people think.

But in addition to that, changing acronyms and Congressional legislation has created, altered and/or changed numerous steps along the way making it even more difficult to figure out and follow.

This project, created by The Black Vault, is an ever-evolving timeline that aims to organize it all – discrepancies and proven fact alike. Though not every step will be noted here, those with verifiable sources will be, along with those contradictions and issues worth referencing.

What will not be here, are the individual UAP/UFO sightings themselves. That will be within a different project. What *is* here, is all of the steps that define what the UAP/UFO research programs are today. From the briefings and meetings to the legislation changes and department announcements; that is all chronicled here in hopes to find patterns, or at the very least, make a picture of how this has all unfolded.

Is something missing? CONTACT The Black Vault and recommend changes/updates/additions.

2007
1/1

Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) Begins (According to the NY Times and Likely Incorrect)

EXACT Date in 2007 Unknown

Source: Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program (Original NY Times Article) By Helene Cooper, Ralph Blumenthal and Leslie Kean. Relevant excerpt:

“The shadowy program — parts of it remain classified — began in 2007, and initially it was largely funded at the request of Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat who was the Senate majority leader at the time and who has long had an interest in space phenomena.”

Note: This contradicts the timeline that Mr. Luis Elizondo setup, that the AAWSAP contract/program was renamed AATIP in 2008, not 2007 (see below). Mr. Elizondo was at least one of the sources used by the NY Times for the facts, but it contradicts his later statements that AATIP started in 2008, and was quoted as saying, “… [AATIP] evolved from AAWSAP but it is not AAWSAP.” 

In addition, the NY Times said: “Contracts obtained by The Times show a congressional appropriation of just under $22 million beginning in late 2008 through 2011. The money was used for management of the program, research and assessments of the threat posed by the objects.”

Note: This contradicts their own reporting. The original contracts awarded in late 2008 (see below) for what we later learn is AAWSAP, were not AATIP contracts. If they were, then this reporting contradicts the testimony of Mr. Luis Elizondo.  So, therefore, it must be asked why the NY Times would not stay accurate and offer a brief chronological overview of how AATIP came to be?  According to Mr. Elizondo, who headed the project, AATIP was a different program entirely from AAWSAP. So, if Mr. Elizondo was at least one of their sources, why would this not be addressed or detailed since Mr. Elizondo himself says AAWSAP and AATIP were not the same? (See also the contradiction between Dr. Hal Puthoff. He has direct knowledge of the program having worked on it, but his statement goes against Mr. Elizondo’s, who says he headed the program.)

2007
3/16

Advanced Aerospace Weapon System Applications Program (AAWSAP) Begins (Luis Elizondo’s MUFON Presentation – Likely Incorrect)

EXACT Date claimed in 2007 Unknown – though it is likely inaccurate

Source: Mr. Luis Elizondo Slide Presentation, MUFON Conference, July 29, 2018. Slide Graphic. Excerpt from the text:

“2007 — Program originally created as a bipartisan effort (Stvens (R) [sic], Inoyoway [sic](D-Hawaii), and Reid (D-Nevada) to better understand UAPs encountered by U.S. military and determine if they represent a national security threat.”

and also

“2007 — Congressional language establishes the ‘Advanced Aerospace Weapon Systems Application Program’, aka AAWSAP”

Note: This contradicts the now established start date of AAWSAP which was later in 2008, not 2007.  The bid solicitation was not published until August of 2008 and not awarded to anyone until September of 2008. To date, there is not a single document that shows anything happened with AAWSAP in 2007.

2007
6/1

Advanced Aerospace Weapon System Applications Program (AAWSAP) Begins

Exact Day in June 2007 Unknown

Source: Dr. Hal Puthoff speech to the SSE/IRVA Conference, Las Vegas, 8 June 2018. Full transcript available at Paradigm Research Group. The relevant portion:

“People have had trouble trying to get documents out of the Pentagon by saying they want all documents on AATIP, and they have a hard time because that wasn’t the actual name of the program. “Advanced Aerospace Weapons Systems Application Program” is the actual name of the program. But AATIP was the nickname it went by. It began in June of 2007. The Defense Intelligence Agency was concerned about the fact that obvious observation had shown that Advanced Aerospace Vehicles – crafts, or drones of unknown origin, were flying all over the United States, over waters, in fact globally as was the case. So a Congressional budget was approved to address the issue behind the scenes. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid from Nevada was the one who was the initiator of the program, joined by Senator Inouye and Senator Stevens. These are the people who generally approve programs that were in the black, under high security, behind the scenes, and so they set up this program.”

2008
1/29

Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies, LLC (BAASS) is Created, According to the Nevada Secretary of State

January 29, 2008

Source: Nevada Secretary of State, Business ID NV20081214349, Entity Number E0056412008-7, filed on January 29, 2008.  Source Data via https://www.nvsos.gov/sosentitysearch/.

Note: This contradicts news reports by Mr. George Knapp, KLAS-TV, in the I-Team: Documents prove secret UFO study based in Nevada article.  The relevant quote is: “For the DIA contract, he created BAASS, a seperate (sic) entity housed within his aerospace plant. He hired a team of 46 scientists and investigators, along with dozens of other support personnel.”

It was also reported in Newsweek by Andrew Whalen, wherein the relevant quote states: “BAASS, created specifically for the Pentagon contract, conducted research both from Bigelow Aerospace headquarters in North Las Vegas and an infamous Utah ranch, formerly owned by Robert Bigelow (ownership has since transferred to Adamantium Real Estate, who manages the property on behalf of an anonymous owner).” 

Since the bid for AAWSAP was not posted until August of 2008 by the DIA, there is no way for Mr. Bigelow to know. So, either this is an erroneous fact as published by multiple media outlets, or Mr. Bigelow had foreknowledge of the coming program that would be open for bidding 8 months later, and wanted to get the paperwork set for a Nevada LLC to take it. 

2008
6/1

Mr. Luis Elizondo Begins Working Within AATIP

Exact Day in June 2008 Unknown

Source: DoD/IG Complaint filed by Mr. Luis Elizondo, and published by the NY Post

Source: Mr. Luis Elizondo, The MUFON Journal interview as interviewed by Chase Kloetzke, 2018. Specific excerpt from this interview:

“I wore many hats. For many years, I did state, local, tribal intelligence, law enforcement integration. I did information sharing, foreign intelligence relations, I did Guantanamo Bay and I happened to be, for the last 10 years, also part of the AATIP program.”  (Ten years from 2018 = 2008.)

Source: Mr. Luis Elizondo, 2018 International UFO Congress Interview, February 2018. Specific excerpt from this interview:

“At that point it became apparent to me why they were asking me the questions they were asking me, so in 2008 I was asked to come on board. I did and I worked for the former program manager at the time, and in 2010 upon his departure, I was asked to take over the program formally as the director.”

 

2008
8/18

Advanced Aerospace Weapon System Applications Program (AAWSAP) Notice Posted

August 18, 2008

Solicitation Number HHM40208R0211, Advanced Aerospace Weapon System Applications Program, is posted to the Federal Business Opportunities Website.

Source: FBO Solicitation HHM40208R0211, posted August 18, 2008

2008
8/22

AAWSAP is Renamed to AATIP

EXACT Date Claimed in 2008 Unknown

Source: Mr. Luis Elizondo Slide Presentation, MUFON Conference, July 29, 2018. Slide Graphic. and Mr. Luis Elizondo Slide Presentation, Centro Ufologico Nazionale, October 2018. Slide Graphic.

Problem: This contradicts reporting by the NY Times, which used Mr. Elizondo as a at least one source of information for their article, that established AATIP began in 2007, though that date is likely incorrect. This seemingly also contradicts Dr. Hal Puthoff, who said AAWSAP began in June of 2007, and it had a nickname of AATIP, but only a nickname and was never renamed. 

 

2008
9/1

Dr. Hal Puthoff Determines What Topics 38 Contracts/Reports AATIP Should Address

EXACT Date Unknown – Circa September 2008 when contract was awarded

Source: Dr. Hal Puthoff speech to the SSE/IRVA Conference, Las Vegas, 8 June 2018. Full transcript available at Paradigm Research Group. The relevant portion:

“I was contracted to commission mostly unclassified whitepapers from experts around the globe about where their particular subject areas would be in (the year) 2050 as like a general survey of aerospace futures. I decided this would be the best way to get the best knowledge we had across many technologies without actually exposing why we wanted to know. So, I let out 38 contracts over a two-year period. I’ll show you what the studies were on. You can read them there: positron aerospace propulsion, IEC fusion as a compact energy source, warp drive, dark energy, extra dimensions, metallic glasses for aerospace use. Really cutting edge kinds of things.”

Note: For more information, see: 38 Reports created under AAWSAP aka AATIP.

2008
9/22

Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies (BAASS) is Awarded AAWSAP Contract

First source: Mr. George Knapp, KLAS, in the video story here: Documents prove secret UFO study based in Nevada. The source of the actual documents shown where Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies is filled out in the awarded contract, is unknown and not sourced.

Second source: Although the above story did not exactly time stamp the date of the contract being awarded, The Black Vault received a document via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) likely indicating the exact date. That document can be found at this PDF with the relevant citations being:

 

2009
1/1

Luis Elizondo Begins Heading AATIP

EXACT Date in 2009 Unknown

Source: UNIDENTIFIED: INSIDE AMERICA’S UFO INVESTIGATION, Season 1, Episode 1

Aired on May 31, 2019, Season 1 of Episode 1 of Unidentified on History Channel broadcast that Mr. Luis Elizondo took over AATIP in 2009. This television series was Executive Produced by Tom DeLonge, and the show had interviews with Luis Elizondo, Tom DeLonge and others.

SLIDE 1
SLIDE 2
SLIDE 3

Problem: This contradicts Mr. Elizondo’s own words in multiple interviews and speeches he has given. See timeline points above and below. In addition, this goes against an official statement by TTSA given to The Black Vault, along with a statement by TTSA given to Wired Magazine, all confirming 2010 as when Mr. Elizondo started his directorship. 

In addition, this entire claim is disputed by official Pentagon statements given to The Intercept and published on June 1, 2019, along with more statements given to Bloomberg, and published October 21, 2019. These claims state that Mr. Elizondo had “no responsibilities” on the AATIP program.

2009
7/24

Harry Reid Writes Letter to Deputy Secretary of Defense Requesting AATIP become a Special Access Program (SAP)

June 24, 2009

Source: July 25, 2018 story by Mr. George Knapp – I-Team obtains some key documents related to Pentagon UFO study. The actual letter’s source, Mr. Knapp has not stated, but asked Mr. Luis Elizondo and Senator Harry Reid on camera if it was genuine, and they acknowledged it was.

Note: For more information, and to see the full letter, see: Harry Reid And His AATIP Letter: The Mystery Deepens

2009
12/1

Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Reviews AAWSAP/AATIP

EXACT Date “late 2009” Unknown

Through a conversation by John Greenewald, Jr. with a Public Affairs Officer at the DIA’s Office of Corporate Communications, it is confirmed that in 2009, an OSD review found that AATIP had “limited value to DIA.” Their entire statement:

“After an OSD/DIA review in late 2009, it was determined the reports were of limited value to DIA and there was a recommendation that upon completion of the contract, the project could be transitioned to an agency or component better suited to oversee it. ” (Source Email)

Note: The DIA referred to the program as AATIP, though is likely more accurately referring to AAWSAP.

2009
12/31

26 out of the 38 Reports Generated Under AAWSAP/AATIP Delivered

For all reports delivered, see: The Advanced Aerospace Weapon System Applications Program (AAWSAP) Documentation

Relevant excerpt:

“26 of 38 reports were delivered in FY 2009; the balance in FY 2010. That’s when the project ended at DIA. I have no additional information about what happened after the contract was fulfilled after DIA received 38 reports that covered the 12 research areas requested.”

Source: Email exchange between DIA and John Greenewald, Jr. Source Email.

2010
2/1

AATIP is Moved to the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD)

EXACT Date Claimed in 2010 Unknown

Source: Mr. Luis Elizondo Slide Presentation, MUFON Conference, July 29, 2018. Slide Graphic.

Source: Email exchange between DIA and John Greenewald, Jr. Source Email 1. Source Email 2. (Confirmed project ended after 2010 and was moved.)

2010
3/3

Mr. Luis Elizondo Begins Heading AATIP

EXACT Date Claimed in 2010 Unknown

Source: Kari DeLonge, Press Officer for To The Stars Academy via email to John Greenewald, Jr. Source Email.

Note: This claim is disputed by official Pentagon statements given to The Intercept and published on June 1, 2019, along with more statements given to Bloomberg, and published October 21, 2019. These claims state that Mr. Elizondo had “no responsibilities” (later “no assigned responsibilities”) on the AATIP program.

2010
12/31

Remaining 12 out of the 38 Reports Generated Under AAWSAP/AATIP Delivered

Exact Report Delivery Dates in 2010 Throughout Year Unknown

Relevant excerpt:

“26 of 38 reports were delivered in FY 2009; the balance in FY 2010. That’s when the project ended at DIA. I have no additional information about what happened after the contract was fulfilled after DIA received 38 reports that covered the 12 research areas requested.”

Source: Email exchange between DIA and John Greenewald, Jr. Source Email.

2011
12/21

Mr. Luis Elizondo is Assigned To Continue with AATIP after AAWSAP End

Source: Mr. George Knapp and Mr. Matt Adams, I-Team: Documents prove secret UFO study based in Nevada, published May 4, 2018. The exact quote:

“AAWSAP came to an end after 2011. Elizondo, who had interacted with the study from the Pentagon, was assigned to continue the work, but he chose a smaller focus, limited to military encounters with unknown aircraft. his effort, dubbed AATIP, survived by keeping a low profile.”

Note: This contradicts previous statements by Mr. Luis Elizondo, presenting that AAWSAP was formerly changed to AATIP in 2008. In addition, Mr. Elizondo stated that AATIP’s focus, was fine tuned to focus on UAPs in 2008. What did he refocus in 2011?

Mr. Elizondo said in his MUFON Conference lecture on July 29, 2018:

“In 2008, the program was already beginning to evolve. The original AAWSAP portfolio was much broader than the AATIP. The decision was made early on, that we would go ahead and focus the effort more to the phenomena specific, looking at the observables and the identifiables. What could we look at; what could we collect on; what could we report on back to Senior DOD leadership. Because that’s what their concerned with.”

In addition, it should be clarified why would Mr. Elizondo would need to be assigned (again) to continue AATIP after AAWSAP ended in 2011 (even though that date contradicts his own timeline)?  According to Mr. Elizondo, the program had already changed in 2008 with a focus on UAP (contradicting again this news report); AAWSAP was already renamed to AATIP in 2008 (contradicting again this news report); Mr. Elizondo was promoted to head the AATIP program in 2010, and he further claims it never stopped in 2012, despite the misappropriated funds and contradicting statements by the Pentagon and the DIA. 

2012
1/1

Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) Ends

EXACT Date in 2012 Unknown

Sources:

Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program (Original NY Times Article)

The Pentagon’s Secret Search for UFOs (Original Politico Article)

Major Audricia Harris, Department of Defense Spokesperson via emailed statements to John Greenewald, Jr.

Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Office of Corporate Communications via emailed statements to John Greenewald, Jr.

2013
1/2

New Funding “Bolsters AATIP’s Efforts”

2013-2014

Source: Mr. Luis Elizondo Slide Presentation, MUFON Conference, July 29, 2018. Slide Graphic. Excerpt from the slide states:

“2013-2014 — New funding vehicle under Joint ISR is created, intended to bolster AATIP efforts. Data and reporting continues to flow through AATIP channels”

Note: This contradicts the U.S. government’s position that the program was cancelled in 2012.

2015
1/1

AATIP Makes Key Observations Relevant to the “Phenomena”

2015-2017

Source: Mr. Luis Elizondo Slide Presentation, MUFON Conference, July 29, 2018. Slide Graphic. Excerpt from the slide states:

“2015 through 2017 — AATIP makes several key observations relevant to the phenomena. Access list remains limited and very restrictive further limiting the information flow to key leaders in the Department despite key meetings and briefings”

Note: This contradicts the U.S. government’s position that the program was cancelled in 2012.

2017
9/1

Mr. Luis Elizondo Contacts Commander David Fravor, Pilot who Engaged 2004 USS Nimitz “Tic-Tac,” for the First Time

Circa September 2017 – around Luis Elizondo’s resignation. Exact date unknown.

Source: Commander David Fravor, The Fighter Pilot Podcast, January 2, 2019. Relevant portion of the interview:

“I had got a call from the other pilot and they said, ‘Hey, have you been talked to about the Tic Tac lately?’ And I said, ‘No.’ They said, ‘Well…you know, I’ve been asked to go to the Pentagon like five times.’ You know, and they said, ‘Well you had, you know, the most ACM’ cause I was actually the one that engaged it. And I said, ‘Well, just give ’em my name and I’ll talk to them.’ So that was Lue Elizondo, who was running the AATIP program at the Pentagon. So he had called me up and said, ‘Hey, we’re gonna come up and talk to you.’ I said, ‘Great. No problem.’ And, umm, I didn’t think much of it. I’m like, yeah, I’ll tell you what you got.  So about, um, I don’t know, probably a month later I had gotten information on the, “To The Stars” that was coming out with Tom DeLonge and I’m watching this clip that guy had sent me and Lue’s on it. So I call Lue. I go, ‘What’s going on?’ He goes, ‘I left the Pentagon.’ I said, well he goes, ‘We’ll be there like this weekend to talk to you.’ I said okay.

“So they came up here and talked to me about the whole incident and he told me what was going on. And, and, he actually explained why he had left the Pentagon. He was a little bit frustrated with basically the bureaucracy that he was having to deal with. And what he thought was very important. So, he called me up about a month later and said, ‘Hey, we want to do this article with the New York Times. Will you do it?’ And I said, ‘No.’ I actually said, ‘No, I’m not doing that.’ And he said, ‘No, no, seriously, dude we really need you to do this.’ I said, ‘Why do you need me to do this?’

In addition, Cmdr. Fravor detailed a journalist finding him and his wife eating at a coffee shop.

“I had a guy, literally, The Boston Herald guy track me down on Sunday and found me in a coffee shop on the north end with my wife and daughter.” … snip … “It is amazing because, you know, I’m not, it’s not like I’m publicizing this. I’ve actually tried to hide from a lot of people. And, uh, they find you. Now it makes it easy because there’s not a lot of David Fravors running around the United States. I won’t say how many but it’s very few. I asked the girl. I said, ‘How did you find me?’ And she goes, ‘Oh, it wasn’t hard. We have this database we can go to.’”

2017
10/4

Mr. Luis Elizondo, Referred to as “AATIP Director”, Resigns

October 4, 2017

Source: Mr. Luis Elizondo Slide Presentation, MUFON Conference, July 29, 2018. Slide Graphic. Excerpt from the slide states:

“Oct 4, 2017 – AATIP Director resigns”

Note: Although Mr. Elizondo’s slide referred to himself as the AATIP Director, his resignation letter, did not. His signature line can be found here from that letter:

There is always the possibility Mr. Elizondo wore different hats and had multiple titles, though as of the writing of this entry, no official DoD document exists which labels him the Director of AATIP. 

2017
10/11

To the Stars Academy of Arts & Science Press Conference

October 11, 2017


Transcript Available Here

 

2017
12/16

NY Times and Politico Break Story of AATIP

December 16, 2017

Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program, NY Times, By Helene Cooper, Ralph Blumenthal and Leslie Kean.

The Pentagon’s Secret Search for UFOs, Politico, By Bryan Bender

2019
11/17

UAP Briefing Document or UAP Event Is Revealed at the NRO

On November 17, 2019, either a UFO briefing or UAP event presentation was created at the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).

Nothing other than the title page was revealed in this case F-2020-00092, as filed by The Black Vault. But, is notated here for reference.

2020
3/27

Security Classification Guide (SCG) on UAP Is Circulating Within Navy for Approvals

Revealed in Navy FOIA case DON-NAVY-2021-009296, as filed by The Black Vault, on and around March 27, 2020, the UAP Security Classification Guide (SCG) was circulating withing certain U.S. Navy personnel for approvals and feedback. The list of recipients is unknown, beyond Scott Bray, as revealed by the release to The Black Vault of the final SCG much later on.

2020
4/16

Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon (UAP) Security Classification Guide (SCG) Is Approved

The Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon (UAP) Security Classification Guide, ID#04-030, Naval Intelligence Activity, released via Navy FOIA Case DON-NAVY-2022-000883 as filed by The Black Vault, was approved on April 16, 2020.

The only name revealed on the final document, was Scott Bray, Director of the Naval Intelligence Activity, who approved the final copy.

2020
7/24

United States Strategic Command (STRATCOM) Receives UAP Briefing

Exact Date of Briefing Unknown

The United States Strategic Command (STRATCOM) received a briefing from the group investigating UAP. Although it was called the “Unidentified Aerial Phenomenology (UAP) Joint Inter-agency Task Force (JIATF),” the Pentagon denies that existed, and stated it was a mistake.

The exact date is not determined from the papers released, but it is believed to be on or just prior, to July 24, 2020.

This was revealed in Navy FOIA case DON-NAVY-2022-010335 and STRATCOM case 23-F-049, filed by The Black Vault.

2020
8/20

Admiral Charles “Chas” Richard, Commander of USSTRATCOM, Receives Classified UAP Briefing

On August 20, 2020, Admiral Charles “Chas” Richard, Commander of USSTRATCOM, received a classified UAP briefing. Details are limited.

This was revealed in Navy FOIA case DON-NAVY-2022-010335 and STRATCOM case 23-F-049, filed by The Black Vault.

2020
10/15

DoD/OIG’s Randolph Stone Meets With Unknown Person About UAP

On October 15, 2020, Assistant Inspector General for Evaluations – Space, Intelligence, Engineering, and Oversight, Randolph Stone, meets with an unknown person to discuss UAP.

Details are limited, but this was revealed in DODOIG-2022-000314, filed by The Black Vault.

2021
4/26

DoD/OIG Office of Legislative Affairs and Communication (OLAC) Has UAP “Roll Out Confirmation”

The DoD Office of the Inspector General – Office of Legislative Affairs and Communication (OLAC) – has a weekly meeting, wherein on April 26, 2021, part of that meeting was the “roll out confirmation.”

Details are limited, but this was revealed in DODOIG-2022-000314, filed by The Black Vault.

2021
5/3

Luis Elizondo Files his DoD/OIG Complaint

Luis Elizondo, the man who claimed he formerly ran a UFO program inside the Pentagon, filed his DoD/OIG complaint, making detailed allegations against the DoD.

Politico covered the story, and stated:

“The former Pentagon official who went public about reports of UFOs has filed a complaint with the agency’s inspector general claiming a coordinated campaign to discredit him for speaking out — including accusing a top official of threatening to tell people he was “crazy,” according to documents reviewed by POLITICO.

Lue Elizondo, a career counterintelligence specialist who was assigned in 2008 to work for a Pentagon program that investigated reports of “unmanned aerial phenomena,” filed the 64-page complaint to the independent watchdog on May 3 and has met several times with investigators, according to his legal team.”

The entire, redacted, version of Mr. Elizondo’s complaint was published by the NY Post. It is available here:

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2021
5/3

DoD/OIG Officially Announces Their Evaluation of the DoD’s Actions Regarding the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena

On May 3, 2021, Assistant Inspector General for Evaluations – Space, Intelligence, Engineering, and Oversight, Randolph Stone, issues a memorandum beginning the DoD/OIG’s Evaluation of the DoD’s Actions Regarding the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, Project No. D2021-DEV0SN-0116.000.

2021
5/3

DoD/OIG Office of Legislative Affairs and Communication (OLAC) Has Another UAP “Roll Out Confirmation” Set for May 3 and 4

The DoD Office of the Inspector General – Office of Legislative Affairs and Communication (OLAC) – has a weekly meeting, wherein on May 3, 2021, part of that meeting was the “roll out confirmation” with dates set for May 3 and 4.

Details are limited, but this was revealed in DODOIG-2022-000314, filed by The Black Vault.

2021
5/5

DoD/OIG Office of Legislative Affairs and Communication (OLAC) Discuss Response from Capitol Hill and Media on UAP evaluation

The DoD Office of the Inspector General – Office of Legislative Affairs and Communication (OLAC) – has a weekly meeting, wherein on May 5, 2021, part of that meeting was about the response from Capitol Hill and the media in regards to the UAP evaluation.

Details are limited, but this was revealed in DODOIG-2022-000314, filed by The Black Vault.

2021
5/10

DoD/OIG Office of Legislative Affairs and Communication (OLAC) Receives Briefing Request on UAP from the SASC and SSCI

On May 10, 2021, the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), requested a briefing from the DoD/OIG on the UAP issue. The exact date of the request is unknown, though both requests for the briefing were discussed in the DoD/OIG OLAC meeting held on May 10th. The official request likely came shortly prior to that meeting.

Details are limited, but this was revealed in DODOIG-2022-000314, filed by The Black Vault.

2021
5/19

DoD/OIG Initiates Contact with Luis Elizondo for an Interview

On May 19, 2021, the Department of Defense, Office of the Inspector General initiates contact with Luis Elizondo, with the intent to interview him about UAP related matters. The conversation unfolds in the days and weeks to come.

This was revealed in DoD/OIG FOIA Case DODIG-2022-000313, as filed by The Black Vault.

2021
10/19

DoD/OIG Meets with Neill Tipton about their “Evaluation of the DoD’s Actions Regarding the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena”

According to FOIA case DODOIG-2023-000021, filed by The Black Vault, the DoD Office of the Inspector General met with Neill Tipton, Director for Defense Intelligence, Collection and Special Programs.

The email, sent by a person who’s name was redacted, stated that it was in regards to the DoD/OIG’s “Evaluation of the DoD’s Actions Regarding the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena.”

2022
4/12

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson Holds Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Meeting In His Office

On April 12, 2022, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson holds a UAP Meeting in his office at 9:30am, set to last for 90 minutes.

The details about the meeting are unknown. This meeting was revealed in FOIA Case 22-HQ-F-00488, as filed by The Black Vault.

2022
6/9

Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen/NASA Slides Relating to UAP/UFO Program

On day 3 of the ASEB/SSB Joint Meeting for 2022 held in June by the National Academy of Science (NAS), Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen gave a “Update and Discussion with NASA Science Mission Directorate” presentation. Within that presentation was information about UAP, and the fact that was was commissioning a UAP independent study.

The Black Vault published those PowerPoint slides HERE.

2022
6/9

NASA Announces Independent Study on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP)

NASA commissioned a study team to start early in the fall to examine unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs) – that is, observations of events in the sky that cannot be identified as aircraft or known natural phenomena – from a scientific perspective. The study will focus on identifying available data, how best to collect future data, and how NASA can use that data to move the scientific understanding of UAPs forward.

The entire announcement from NASA can be seen here.

2022
6/21

Pentagon Releases Details about Dr. Travis Taylor’s UAP Task Force Involvement

On June 21, 2022, George Knapp with KLAS-TV exclusively published the identity of one of the scientists working with the UAP Task Force. Now a disbanded effort to pave the way for a new organization called the “Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group (AOIMSG),” Dr. Travis Taylor was said to be the “chief scientist.” According to LasVegasNow.com, Dr. Taylor played a role in, “…analyzing the 144 incidents, including dozens of bizarre objects that buzzed multiple Navy ships in 2019.”

The Black Vault pushed the Pentagon for more information, and they released numerous answers to questions submitted. Read those here.

2022
7/15

DoD Announces the Establishment of the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO)

On July 15, 2022, Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks, in coordination with the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), amended her original direction to the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence & Security by renaming and expanding the scope of the Airborne Object Identification and Management Group (AOIMSG) to the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO), due to the enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2022, which included a provision to establish an office, in coordination with DNI, with responsibilities that were broader than those originally assigned to the AOIMSG. 

See more here.

2022
7/20

Unidentified Aerospace-Undersea Phenomena Section in Approved Fiscal Year 2023 Intelligence Authorization Act

On July 20, 2022, the House Intelligence Committee approved the Fiscal Year 2023 Intelligence Authorization Act, authorizing funding for initiatives that will improve the IC’s ability to collect data on hard targets, modernize the Intelligence Community’s use of emerging technology, recruit and retain top talent to the IC, and strengthen congressional oversight. The measure was passed through a bipartisan voice vote and now heads to the House floor for final passage.

Here is the complete text.

2022
9/7

U.S. Navy Denies Release of all UAP Related Videos under FOIA

On September 7, 2022, The U.S. Navy denied the release of all UAP related videos via FOIA. The effort took more than 2 1/2 years by The Black Vault, but after the case was processed, the Navy refused to release any visuals they, “… are classified and are exempt from disclosure in their entirety under exemption 5 U.S.C. § 552 (b)(1) in accordance with Executive Order 13526 and the UAP Security Classification Guide.”

An appeal of this decision was later denied by NAVY JAG.

Click here for more of the story.

 

2022
10/21

NASA Announces Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Study Team Members

NASA selected 16 individuals to participate in its independent study team on unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP). Observations of events in the sky that cannot be identified as aircraft or as known natural phenomena are categorized as UAPs.

The full list of members is available here.

2022
11/9

Private Group UAPx Gives UAP Briefing To Congressional Committee

For months, a group called UAPx that specializes in investigating the phenomena, and “providing direct access to the general public of reviewed and analyzed data,” prepared a private briefing about UFOs to the Intelligence & Special Operations Sub-committee of the House Armed Services Committee.

That briefing was given on November 9, 2022, and the group offered The Black Vault an exclusive inside look at what all went down. See here to read more about this.

2022
11/22

Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Releases Cost Estimate for Secure UAP Information Systems

On November 22, 2022, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released their cost estimate for S. 4503, Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023, along with establishing, “a secure system to collect information about unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena (UAP).”

See the entire text here.

2022
12/16

Pentagon’s UAP Office Called the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO) Holds Media Roundtable

A “media roundtable” took place on December 16, 2022, and was an invite-only event that was not advertised until after it took place.

The Black Vault was invited by the Pentagon to attend (as were many others covering the issue). It was attended via conference telephone call.

A full transcript of the roundtable is available here.

2023
1/12

U.S. Government Releases 2nd UAP / UFO Report to the Public

On January 12, 2023, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) released their second UAP report to the general public. This was originally due on Monday, October 31, 2022, but was delayed.

The entire report is available here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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