As of today, there are different governments in the world who still seriously take UFO reports and continue to give support on their investigations. The book “UFOs and Government: A Historical Inquiry” extensively documented all of these government-sponsored UFO investigations.
The authors of the book claim to have done thorough research, found several official government document from archives in the government and university and chronicled stories on the effort of government agencies in investigating UFO reports and why they even bothered.
The book starts discussing the World War II when there were reports about balls of light following the aircraft of Allied pilots in the European campaign and eventually flying away at great speeds. They were called as “Foo Fighters.” After the war, there were questions about Foo Fighters and all the Germans and Russians said that they thought that these Foo Fighters were secret weapons of the U.S. Thus the over two decades of the so called Foo Fighters investigation began to know whether or not they posed a threat.
UFO reports steadily increased into the 50s with various shapes and sizes. President Truman ordered the CIA to investigate the UFO sightings over Washington D.C. The Robertson Panel concluded that the phenomenon did not have a direct threat but they worry it could create a psychological threat that could be used by the Russians.
The book reviews around thousands of files considered to be serious in nature from the public, the military and even law enforcement personnel that resulted in investigations by the U.S. military, the CIA and the FBI.
However, official UFO investigations in the U.S. ended in 1969 with the conclusions of an independent panel of investigators that there was no scientific benefit to the UFO study.