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..It doesn't seem like that at all to me. I don't think AATIP investigated 'UFO's' at all, and definitely not any specific UFO reports. The FOIA description (as far as I remember) discusses potential aerospace threats over the next 40 yrs...
..One aspect of the future threat environment involves advanced aerospace weapon system applications. The objective of this program is to understand the physics and engineering of these applications as they apply to the foreign threat out to the far term, i.e., from now through the year 2050...
..In my opinion, the AATIP was a government handout to a bunch of universities (several in Ohio, coincidence?) and a few insiders that had some private corps. It produced nothing actionable (just look at the titles of the funded grants).
..“They produced reams of paperwork. After all of that there was really nothing there that we could find."...
“I was concerned the money was being funnelled through it to somebody else who was an associate of Harry Reid’s,” added the former official, who asked not to be identified. “The whole circle was kind of a bizarre piece.”
Source : Politico Dec 2017
Since December of 2017, the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, or AATIP, has long been touted as a “Secret Pentagon UFO Study” which lasted from 2008 – 2012. However, that has not always been the case to the Pentagon. In a series of conflicting and confusing statements since 2017, the official position of the Department of Defense (DoD) has gone from confirming it was a UFO program, to saying no it was not, to now saying it still was not a UFO program, but it did utilize UFO (or Unidentified Aerial Phenomena / UAP) reports during its research stages.
originally posted by: karl 12
a reply to: Ophiuchus1
Think 'learned helplessness' is also an often employed tool.