Saturday, December 05, 2009

Can The Ministry of Defence (MoD) Really Close Down UFO Investigations?

No More MoD UFO Investigation
By Frank Warren
The UFO Chronicles
© 12-4-09

     The short answer of course is “NO!”

News is spreading like wildfire in both conventional and Ufological circles that the MoD has announced it will no longer investigate UFO reports; the portals available to the public, i.e., the telephone number and email address for relating such events were terminated on the 1st of this month; the MoD cited "inappropriate use of defence resources" according to

Here in colonies, the closure of then Project Blue Book, the U.S. Air Force’s official investigation into the UFO phenomenon in 1969 created the same hoopla; the closing concluded with the Condon Report, summarizing that “UFO’s weren’t a threat to national security,” yet UFO files from both countries indicate shoot down orders, as well as activity around and over, sensitive military installations e.g., nuclear missile sites etc.

So, another question arises: how do the powers-that-be define, “threats to national security?!” Certainly, unidentified craft in restricted airspace would apply!! In any event, there would be a dereliction of duty, if the military factions of either country did not investigate unknown or unidentified aircraft or aerial objects flying over sovereign territories. further states:
“The closure was revealed in a Freedom of Information request released via the MoD website.

The MoD had dealt with more than 12,000 reports since it launched the reporting service in 1950 - including 135 last year. The service had cost around £50,000 a year to run and was based at RAF Command in High Wycombe.

In a statement, the ministry said: 'The MoD has no opinion on the existence or otherwise of extra-terrestrial life.

However, in over fifty years, no UFO report has revealed any evidence of a potential threat to the United Kingdom . . ..

There is no defence benefit in such investigation and it would be an inappropriate use of defence resources. Furthermore, responding to reported UFO sightings diverts MoD resources from tasks that are relevant to defence.

Accordingly, and in order to make best use of defence resources, we have decided that from the 1 December 2009 the dedicated UFO hotline answer-phone service and e-mail address will be withdrawn. MoD will no longer respond to reported UFO sightings or investigate them.

The ongoing programme to release departmental files on UFO matters to the National Archive will continue.'"
The UFO Chronicles reached out to both Nick Pope, who actually ran the UFO desk at the MoD in the past, as well as Dr. David Clarke who has worked with the National Archives (UK) in releasing formerly classified UFO files from the MoD.

David ClarkeClarke writes:
"[It's] an inevitable victim of public spending cuts and demands for all resources to go towards providing kit for foreign wars.

Of course what the stories miss is that MoD will continue to look at reports from military sources and air defence radar, as they always have done. This just underlines the fact that they are not interested in wasting time receiving reports of lights in the sky from members of the public, which have been filed away with minimum attention (usually a standard letter response only) since at least 1974.

They can now save money on filing cabinets, stamps and time spent on dealing with tedious 'persistent correspondents.'"
He further wrote:
"I'm obviously disappointed because I think, hidden within all the noise, is interesting material.

But people have got to be realistic, and when you've got the families of soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan saying they haven't got the kit they need, collecting reports of funny lights seen in the sky can't be seen as a priority.

Hopefully in the future it won't be the military that looks into these things - it should be scientists or other people who have got the time to do it."
Nick PopeNick Pope writes:
"Having worked on the UFO project from 1991 to 1994 I am sorry to see MoD disengage in this way. I believe that where evidence suggests that UK airspace has been penetrated by an unidentified object; this must automatically be of defence interest and should be investigated properly.

Indeed, I am sure that sightings from pilots and uncorrelated targets tracked on radar will continue to be looked at, albeit outside of a formally constituted UFO project. From the Fifties to the present day, MoD received around 12,000 UFO reports. While most were misidentifications of ordinary objects and phenomena, around 5% remained unexplained."
As is was with the end of Project Blue Book, one has to ask if there is an ulterior motive; obviously UFO investigations won’t stop in the UK, no more then they have stopped here. Perhaps the powers-that-be are simply thinking, “out of sight, out of mind.”


  1. So see even though they are shutting down they will still check certain military sightings out.What they are doing I think is going underground.This way people can't complain the govenment isn't wasting money.

    But I could be wrong.What do you guys think????

  2. Igranados,

    Thanks for taking time to make comment.

    You wrote:

    So see even though they are shutting down they will still check certain military sightings out.

    The RAF will investigate any UFO in their airspace–it is their mandate, just as it is here with our air force.

    Case in point (here): Stephenville; when the huge UFO was detected by radar the military response was immediate!

    Many people feel that the UFO desk at the MoD was akin to Project Blue Book at Wright Pat–nothing more then PR.



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