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At the urging of previous Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the Pentagon ran a program with an annual budget of $22 million to search for UFOs and investigate sightings.
The Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program ran from 2007 to 2012. It sought to investigate military encounters with unidentified flying objects to determine if sightings may have been foreign military threats from Russia or China.
Harry Reid was known to have an interest in space phenomena, and he was a leader in the development of the initiative and its funding. It was supported by Senators Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) and Republican Ted Stevens (R-Alaska).
The program investigated cases of military members who reported UFO sightings or “wormhole” experiences.