LECTURE #9 – Nick Pope

Nick Pope worked at the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense for 21 years. His postings included being assigned to the Joint Operations Center during the Persian Gulf War, where he was a briefer in the Air Force Operations Room. He left the MoD in 2006 after his final posting, in which he served as an acting Deputy Director in the Directorate of Defense Security. He now works as a journalist and broadcaster, covering subjects including space, fringe science, defense and intelligence.

Between 1991 and 1994 Nick Pope was posted to a division called Secretariat (Air Staff) where his duties included researching and investigating the UFO phenomenon, mirroring the work done in America in the 1960s by the United States Air Force’s Project Blue Book. Although most sightings could be explained as misidentifications of known objects and phenomena, a small proportion appeared to defy any conventional explanation. These included cases where the witnesses were pilots, police officers and military personnel, cases where UFOs had been tracked on radar and cases where there had been near-misses between UFOs and civilian aircraft. Nick Pope takes no position on the nature of the UFO phenomenon, but can testify, based on his governmental research and investigation, that it raises important defense, national security and air safety issues.

Nick Pope has recently been involved in a five-year program to declassify and release the MoD’s entire archive of UFO files – a process which began in 2008 and comes to its climax in 2013. To date, this has involved the release to the UK’s National Archives of over 50,000 pages of UFO-related documentation, some of which had formerly been classified Secret UK Eyes Only.

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