Project Condign, a top-secret British Ministry of Defense (MoD) investigation of a series of UFO sightings in the U.K., concluded in a report released into the public domain in May 2006 that the existence of UFOs was "indisputable."
According to declassified files summarizing the conclusions of the investigation, unidentified flying objects (UFOs) -- termed unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs) in the study -- exist and have the confirmed ability to "hover, land, take-off, accelerate to exceptional velocities and vanish."
"That UAPs exist is indisputable," the 400-page study said. "Credited with the ability to hover, land, take-off, accelerate to exceptional velocities and vanish, they can reportedly alter their direction of flight suddenly and clearly can exhibit aerodynamic characteristics well beyond those of any known aircraft or missile – either manned or unmanned."
The MoD study, which draws on nearly 10,000 sightings, was conducted in the 1990s by a special section of the U.K.'s Defense Intelligence Staff (DIS) known as the Directorate of Scientific and Technical Intelligence (DSTI).
The anonymous report was released into the public domain at the National Archives in May 2006 following a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed in September 2005 by two disclosure advocates, Dr. David Clark of Sheffield Hallam University and Gary Anthony.
Many UFO researchers noted the report proved that contrary to government's public posturing over the years that it was not interested in UFO phenomenon, the government had been studying UFOs secretly for years, and military officials had even hoped they might be used for "novel military applications."
"I think the most fascinating thing about Project Condign is this – for decades the MoD told Parliament, the media and the public that UFOs were of no defense significance and of very limited interest," Express reports British UFO researcher Nick Pope as saying.
Pope was involved in the MoD studies in the 1990s.