13 Secret Government UFO Programmes From Around The World

July 07, 2024 1:00 AM ‐ ParanormalUFOs
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Over the years, governments worldwide have conducted numerous secret projects and programmes to investigate unidentified flying objects (UFOs) and unexplained aerial phenomena (UAPs). These initiatives aimed to uncover the truth behind mysterious sightings and potential extraterrestrial encounters. From the United States' infamous Project Blue Book to the UK's discreet DI55, each programme has fulled conspiracy theories and excited ufologists. Below are some of the most notable secret government investigations into UFOs from around the world.

Flying Saucer Working Party

The Flying Saucer Working Party (FSWP) was a British Ministry of Defence (MOD) initiative established in 1950. This small committee was tasked with assessing UFO reports and determining if they posed any threat to national security. The FSWP concluded in its final report that most sightings could be explained by conventional aircraft, balloons, astronomical phenomena, or hoaxes, and recommended no further investigation.

Project Sign

Project Sign was the first official US Air Force investigation into UFOs, established in 1948. It's initial report, the so-called "Estimate of the Situation," reportedly concluded that UFOs were interplanetary in origin, but this assessment was not officially acknowledged by the Air Force.

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Project Grudge

Project Grudge followed Project Sign in 1949 and was known for its sceptical approach to UFO sightings. The project aimed to debunk UFO reports and concluded that most sightings were the result of misidentifications, hoaxes, or psychological factors.

Majestic 12 (MJ-12)

Majestic 12 is an alleged secret committee of scientists, military leaders, and government officials formed in 1947 by an executive order of US President Harry S. Truman. The committee's purpose was to investigate UFO activity following the Roswell incident. Documents related to MJ-12 have been widely debated and are often considered hoaxes, but some believe in their authenticity.

Project Blue Book

Project Blue Book was a study of UFOs conducted by the United States Air Force from 1952 to 1969. It was the third of a series of studies, following Projects Sign and Grudge. The project collected and analysed over 12,000 UFO reports, ultimately concluding that most sightings were misidentifications of natural phenomena or aircraft, although a small percentage remained unexplained.

Project Magnet

Project Magnet was a Canadian government project established in 1950 by Wilbert B. Smith. The project aimed to study the correlation between UFOs and geomagnetic activity. Smith believed that UFOs were likely extraterrestrial and that they utilised magnetism for propulsion.


DI55 is a branch of the United Kingdom's Defence Intelligence Staff, part of the MOD, which has been involved in investigating UFO sightings and reports. This unit conducted secretive research into unexplained aerial phenomena for several decades. DI55's involvement came to light with the release of previously classified files under the UK's Freedom of Information Act. The documents revealed that DI55 took an interest in UFO reports, primarily from a defence and national security perspective, assessing whether sightings represented a threat or could be attributed to foreign technology or other military factors.


GEIPAN (Groupe d'Études et d'Informations sur les Phénomènes Aérospatiaux Non-identifiés) is a unit of the French Space Agency CNES, dedicated to the study of unidentified aerospace phenomena. Established in 1977, it collects and analyses UFO sightings in France and makes its findings publicly available.

Operation Prato

Operation Prato was a Brazilian Air Force investigation into a series of UFO sightings in the Amazon region in 1977. The operation collected extensive photographic and witness evidence, with some reports of aggressive interactions between UFOs and local residents. The findings were classified but later partially released.

Project Hessdalen

Project Hessdalen is an ongoing scientific investigation of unexplained lights and phenomena in the Hessdalen valley, Norway. Initiated in the early 1980s, the project employs various scientific methods to study and understand these phenomena, which have been reported since the 1940s.

Project Condign

Project Condign was a secret British MOD study on UFOs conducted between 1997 and 2000. The project's final report, released in 2006, concluded that UFO sightings could be explained by natural but poorly understood phenomena such as atmospheric plasmas.

Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP)

AATIP was a secret investigatory effort funded by the US government to study unidentified flying objects. The program began in 2007 and was publicly known in 2017. It was headed by Luis Elizondo at the Pentagon and investigated reports of unexplained aerial phenomena, including encounters by military pilots.

Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF)

The Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF) is a programme established by the United States Department of Defense in 2020 that succeeded the AATIP. Its purpose is to detect, analyse, and catalogue UAPs that could potentially pose a threat to national security. The task force gained considerable public attention following the release of several declassified videos showing UAP encounters by US Navy pilots. In June 2021, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) released a preliminary assessment report on UAPs, highlighting that most of the 144 reports between 2004 and 2021 remained unexplained. The UAPTF continues to investigate these phenomena to enhance understanding and ensure the safety of military operations.

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