Britain ends its search for UFOs

The decision is sure to leave some disappointed Photo: Flickr Creative Commons

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2013 — UFO watchers and alien believers will surely be disappointed by recent news out of Britain.

Recently released files from the British governments Ministry of Defence (MoD) indicate it ceased operations at its so-called UFO desk because the resource allocation was serving  “no defence purpose” and Ministry employees were being taken away from more substantive defense responsibility.

The British government closed its UFO desk after 60 years of operation in 2009, amidst a significant uptick in reported sightings. Between 2000 and 2007, there were an average of 150 reported sightings every year. However, by November of 2009, there had been more than 500 reports in that year alone.

According to the BBC News, during a briefing in 2009 with Bob Ainsworth, UK Defense Minister at the time, Carl Mantell of the Royal Air Force Air Command stated that in 60 years, “no UFO sighting reported to [the MoD] has ever revealed anything to suggest an extra-terrestrial presence or military threat to the UK.” Concluding, “The level of resources diverted to this task is increasing in response to a recent upsurge in reported sightings, diverting staff from more valuable defence-related activities.”

The current revelations and the Ministry of Defence’s assessment of the effort emerged as the British government released the final batch of UFO files numbering more than 4,000.

Believers likely will not be swayed by Britain’s decision, especially since according to the National UFO Reporting Center, a website created for the purposes of collecting and disseminating objective UFO data, claims there have been more than 1,860 UFO sightings around the world in 2013 already.

While the British government may have decided to end its search for UFOs, it is not likely to end the interest in such unexplained sightings or the effort to find proof of extraterrestrial life.

Maybe, “the truth is out there” as the once popular science fiction television drama The X-Files famously opined. 


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Timothy W. Coleman

Timothy W. Coleman is a writer, analyst, and a technophile. He primarily focuses on international affairs, security, and technology matters, but Tim has a keen interest in history, politics and archeology, having visited more than 20 Mayan ruins in Central America alone.

Tim started off on Capitol Hill, worked on a successful US Senate campaign, and subsequently joined a full-­‐service, technology marketing communications firm. He has co-­‐founded two technology startup firms, is a contributing editor at and he is an intelligence analyst at the Langley Intelligence Group Network ( where he specializes in aerospace, naval, and cyber security analysis.

Coleman completed his BA from Georgetown University, an MBA in Finance from Barry University, a Graduate Studies Program at Singularity University at NASA Ames, and a Master’s of Public and International Affairs with a major in Security and Intelligence Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.

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