Location: Inspiration Room
If an alien spaceship unexpectedly docked with the International Space Station, should our astronauts call the Department of Defense or the State Department? This tongue-in-cheek question reflects a serious issue: where, in government, does the extraterrestrial issue best sit? Project Blue Book was embedded in the USAF, while the Pentagon’s AATIP program was run by the DIA – but largely contracted to the private sector. To what extent does the parent agency determine how the UFO phenomenon is viewed and handled, does it matter, and is there a better model than the current one? Nick Pope uses his inside knowledge to explore some thought-provoking and controversial possibilities.