2009 PRG Disclosure Award
Nick Pope worked at the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence since 1985. He's undertaken a series of jobs within the Department, including work in the Joint Operations Centre during the Gulf War, where he was a briefer in the Air Force Operations Room. He was involved in work on the crises in Bosnia and Kosovo. He was a Senior Executive Officer, which is a civilian grade equivalent to the military rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He left the employ of the MoD in 2006 and now does private research.
Between 1991 and 1994, Nick was posted to a division called Secretariat (Air Staff) and given the job of researching and investigating the UFO phenomenon, mirroring the work done in the U.S. by the Air Force's Project Blue Book in the 1960's. Although most of the cases could be explained as misidentifications of known objects and phenomena, a hard core of sightings defied any conventional explanation. Strong evidence emerged suggesting the presence of structured craft capable of speeds and maneuvers beyond the capability of even the most advanced prototype craft operated by the Royal Air Force or the United States Air Force.
Nick's unique access to new data and previous government files convinced him the UFO phenomenon raised serious defense and national security issues. There were numerous instances where UFOs had been tracked on radar, leading to jets being scrambled. There were also cases with terrifying near-misses between UFOs and civilian aircraft. All this led him to believe that an extraterrestrial explanation for some sightings could not be ruled out.
His official investigations into UFOs drew him into other mysteries such as alien abductions, crop circles and cattle mutilations. Upon leaving the Ministry's UFO project (which continues), he continued his research and investigations privately and is now recognized as a leading researcher into both governmental and phenomenological aspects of the extraterrestrial controversy.
He has done extensive media work, including an appearance on Newsnight, one of the UK's most prestigious and serious TV news programs. He has written for or been featured in most of the UK's national newspapers and has been interviewed on numerous radio shows, including the prestigious Today program. Nick has lectured all around the world and spoken to various academic and military organizations. He has discussed the UFO phenomenon at the Oxford Union, one of the world's foremost debating societies, and has acted as consultant to various television documentaries.
Recent Interview with Nick Pope
On the Road to Roswell - Part V
Published Books (relevant)
Open Skies, Closed Minds: For the First Time, a Government UFO Expert Speaks Out (1999)
The Uninvited: An Exposť of the Alien Abduction Phenomenon (1998)
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