Secretly Funded Research

We already knew that the U.S. Department of Defense had secretly funded research on unidentified flying objects — yes, UFOs — thanks to 2017 reporting by the New York Times and the Washington Post.

Now, new documents released by the Defense Intelligence Agency reveal that the program also studied a laundry list of topics that sound like plot devices from "The X-Files," including UFOs, "warp drive," "extra dimensions," and "traversable wormholes."

Dark Money

The newly released documents come thanks to Steven Aftergood, the director of an organization called the Federation of American Scientists’ Project on Government Secrecy. He obtained the files via a Freedom of Information Act request.

"I think anyone who looks at these titles will scratch their heads and wonder what on earth the Defense Intelligence Agency was thinking," Aftergood told technology site Motherboard. "These are the kinds of topics you pursue when you have more money than you know what to do with."

Hazy Details

Some of the projects described in the document cache contain almost no details, but mainstream research projects corroborate others.

A German scientist whose work on theoretical cloaking technologies was cited by the journal Nature led a project on "invisibility cloaking," Motherboard pointed out. Richard Obousy, a theoretical physicist whom Futurism has reported on previously, headed a project on "warp drives" and "the manipulation of extra dimensions."

But the full scope of the Defense Department's research into fringe technologies won't be clear until more documentation becomes publicly available.

READ MORE: The Government’s Secret UFO Program Funded Research on Wormholes and Extra Dimensions [Motherboard]

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