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Proposed "Kona Blue" UFO Project Detailed in Released Documents

April 18, 2024 Jason McClellan

Kona Blue

On Tuesday, April 16, the United States Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) publicly released documents related to a proposed UFO project named "Kona Blue."

A letter in the released documents from DHS acting deputy secretary Kristie Canegallo explains that Kona Blue "was a DHS prospective special access program." These documents illustrate the history of the DoD's defunct Advanced Aerospace Weapon System Application Program (AAWSAP), which is referenced in these documents as the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP)—the unclassified nickname for AAWSAP.

More specifically, Kona Blue was intended to be the continuation of AAWSAP. 

The DoD's current UFO effort, the All-Domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO), provides this summary:

"In 2011, the DHS Under Secretary for Science and Technology (S&T) established KONA BLUE as a PSAP based on claims that relevant information and material existed and required this level of protection. The Under Secretary (S&T) also cited congressional interest in the subject and possible impacts on homeland security as part of the justification for the program. Six months later, however, the Deputy Secretary of DHS disapproved KONA BLUE as a Special Access Program (SAP), and further directed its immediate termination citing concerns about the adequacy of justification for the program, and sufficiency of information central to the proposal development, including
personnel and budget requirements."

Check out the published Kona Blue documents for yourself: 


Jason McClellan

Jason McClellan is an author, podcaster, TV personality, veteran UFO researcher & journalist, bourbon enthusiast, ska and punk devotee, vegan, and animal lover. You might have seen him on NatGeo, Syfy, History, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Discovery+, the CW, or at conferences and conventions talking about UFOs.