Nick Pope (British Ministry of Defense, 1985-2006),
(Author, Open Skies, Closed Minds)
1.3 – The Visitors (4.27.10)
1.4 – The Mission (5.4.10)
1.6 – The Return (5.25.10)
5.2 – Aliens & Cover-Ups (12.28.12)
5.13 – The Power of Three (9.30.13)
6.15 – Faces of the Gods (7.11.14)
7.12 – The Alien Agenda (5.1.15)
8.2 – NASA’s Secret Agenda (7.31.15)
8.3 – Aliens & Robots (8.7.15)
8.8 – Circles from the Sky (9.18.15)
8.9 – The Alien Wars (9.25.15)
8.10 – The Forbidden Zones (10.9.15)
9.8 – The Mysterious Nine (7.8.16)
9.9 – The Hidden Empire (7.15.16)
9.12 – Russia’s Secret Files (8.12.16)
9.13 – Beyond Roswell (8.19.16)
Author, journalist and TV personality Nick Pope worked at the UK Ministry of Defense for 21 years. His postings included being assigned to the Joint Operations Center during the Persian Gulf War, where he was a briefer in the Air Force Operations Room. He left the MoD in 2006 after his final posting, in which he served as an acting Deputy Director in the Directorate of Defense Security.
Between 1991 and 1994 Nick Pope was posted to a division called Secretariat (Air Staff) where his duties included researching and investigating the UFO phenomenon, mirroring the work done in America by the United States Air Force’s Project Blue Book. Although most sightings could be explained as misidentifications of known objects and phenomena, a small proportion appeared to defy any conventional explanation. These included cases where the witnesses were pilots, police officers and military personnel, cases where UFOs had been tracked on radar, and cases where there had been near-misses between UFOs and civilian aircraft. Nick Pope takes no position on the true nature of the UFO phenomenon, but can testify, based on his official research and investigation, that it raises important defense, national security and air safety issues.
While working on the MoD’s UFO project Nick Pope also looked into alien abductions, crop circles, ghost sightings at military bases, and people who claimed to have psychic abilities and wanted to volunteer their services to the UK’s intelligence agencies. When details of Nick Pope’s work became public, after the introduction of the UK’s Freedom of Information Act, the media started referring to him as the real Fox Mulder.
Because of his government background and his rational approach and views, Nick Pope is the film, TV industry and media’s go-to guy on UFOs, the unexplained and conspiracy theories. He has done consultancy and promotional work on a wide range of Hollywood movies, TV shows and video games on these themes. He has worked for clients that include Microsoft, 20th Century Fox, 7-Eleven and Sony Pictures, and has been involved with movies such as Super 8, Battle: Los Angeles, Paul, The X-Files: I Want to Believe and the remakes of War of The Worlds and The Day the Earth Stood Still. He contributes regularly to various news programs, chat shows and documentaries, with appearances including Good Morning America, Today, Larry King Live, Nightline, Geraldo at Large, The Joy Behar Show, and Campbell Brown. He has been interviewed on TV news shows on ABC, NBC, CNN, Fox News and the BBC, and has appeared as contributor on numerous US and UK documentaries on networks including Science Channel, Smithsonian Channel, Discovery Channel, History Channel, and National Geographic.
Nick Pope is the author of five best-selling books, published by Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, Dell, and Thistle Publishing. These are Open Skies Closed Minds, about UFOs, The Uninvited, about alien abductions, Encounter in Rendlesham Forest, about the UK’s most famous UFO sighting, and Operation Thunder Child & Operation Lightning Strike, two sci-fi techno-thrillers about an alien invasion.
Recently, Nick Pope has been the public face of a program to declassify and release the entire archive of the British Government’s UFO files. This ongoing process, which started in May 2008, has involved the release of around 55,000 documents, some of which were classified Secret UK Eyes Only. As Nick Pope worked on (and wrote) many of the documents concerned, he made a promotional video for the UK’s National Archives, announcing the release, advised them on selecting cases of interest to the media, and has given literally hundreds of TV, radio, newspaper and magazine interviews to promote the story.
In his capacity as a freelance journalist Nick Pope has written numerous articles and features for newspapers (including most of the UK’s national dailies), magazines and websites, on a range of subjects including the unexplained, conspiracy theories, fringe science, sci-fi, space, defense and intelligence – though there are strict limits on the last two subjects, in view of the UK’s Official Secrets Act, which is binding for life.
Nick Pope lectures all around the world, has addressed the Oxford Union and the Cambridge Union Society, as well as speaking at the Royal Albert Hall, the Science Museum, and at Global Competitiveness Forum 2011, where other speakers included President Bill Clinton and former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair. 
An overview of the UFO mystery, written by the man who used to run the British Government’s UFO project. This is a true insider’s account of the phenomenon, and lifts the lid not just on classic cases like Roswell and the Rendlesham Forest incident, but on less well known cases too. This groundbreaking and highly controversial book highlights cases from the US, the UK, and the rest of the world, with Nick drawing on his firsthand government experience to reveal what the authorities really know and think about UFOs, alien abductions, crop circles and animal mutilations. Open Skies Closed Minds was featured on Newsnight, serialized in the Daily Mail and reached number three in the hardback non-fiction list, staying in the top ten for ten weeks.
Over a series of three nights in December 1980 an extraordinary series of UFO incidents took place in Rendlesham Forest in the UK, next to the twin United States Air Force bases of Bentwaters and Woodbridge. This was not some vague sighting of lights in the sky, but a controlled landing and take-off. The UFO was tracked on military radar and left physical evidence at the landing site, including damage and scorch marks on trees, indentations in the frozen ground, and abnormally high levels of radiation. The UFO was seen by dozens of military witnesses, including the Deputy Base Commander. The object fired light beams at some of the men and, later, into the Weapons Storage Area, where some military personnel based there at the time allege that nuclear weapons were kept. Encounter in Rendlesham Forest tells the extraordinary story of the world’s most compelling and best-evidenced UFO incident – a case that is more significant than the infamous Roswell Incident. Co-written by former UK government UFO investigator Nick Pope, with John Burroughs and Jim Penniston, the two military witnesses at the heart of these encounters, this disturbing and compelling book tells the inside story of what really happened, and lifts the lid on the true role played by government, the military and the intelligence community in relation to the UFO phenomenon. This controversial new book is largely based on recently declassified government documents and is the only UFO book ever to have needed security clearance from both the British and American governments. Encounter in Rendlesham Forest will leave you questioning everything you thought you knew about the UFO mystery.
Former UK Government UFO investigator Nick Pope has written the definitive book on the alien abduction mystery, delving into folklore, the contactee movement, and more modern claims that people have not just seen UFOs, but encountered extraterrestrials. The Uninvited also examines the reaction of governments, and of the scientific community, as well as examining the world’s most famous alien contact cases, and highlighting the common threads that bind them together. Nick Pope devotes a significant portion of the book to detailing a number of cases that he investigated personally, before drawing things together by discussing the various theories that might explain what lies behind this fascinating mystery.
In this science fiction techno-thriller, former Ministry of Defence employee Nick Pope blends what he knows about political decision-making and warfighting with knowledge and experience gained on the British Government’s UFO project. The result is an alien invasion novel packed with insights into real-world military strategy, tactics and hardware, making for a terrifyingly real account. The tagline for this controversial book was “The truth can only be told in fiction”, and this led to much speculation in the UFO and conspiracy theory community, especially when it emerged that the manuscript of Operation Thunder Child had gone through the government’s security clearance procedure. Film/TV rights are available.
This book and the prequel, Operation Thunder Child, are the only two science fiction novels ever to have gone through the British Government’s security vetting procedure, on the basis that Nick Pope was involved not just in official government research and investigation into the UFO phenomenon, but in highly classified work on the Gulf War and other sensitive operations. Operation Lightning Strike is a fast-paced action thriller written in the style of Tom Clancy, but dealing with themes more commonly found in The X-Files. If you want to know what would really happen if we faced an alien invasion, this book tells the story. Film/TV rights are available.