Nick Pope worked at the United Kingdom Ministry
of Defence from 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 nearmisses
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, 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.
Published Books (relevant):
Open Skies, Closed Minds: For the First Time, a Government UFO Expert Speaks Out (1999)
The Uninvited: An Exposé of the Alien Abduction Phenomenon (1998)