Nick Pope is a British journalist and media commentator. He served for 21 years in the British Ministry of Defence. He is best known for a role he undertook for the British Government from 1991 to 1994 which involved investigating reports of UFO sightings to determine their defence significance. Pope did not share the MoD's view that conventional explanations could be found for all UFO sightings. He resigned in 2006 but he continues his research and investigation in a private capacity. In 2009 MoD announced that UFO sightings would no longer be investigated.
Open Skies, Closed Minds is Pope's autobiographical account of his interest in ufology. It provides an overview of the UFO phenomenon, with the emphasis on Pope's three-year tour of duty as the Ministry of Defence's UFO desk officer. In 1997 he released a second book on similar themes entitled The Uninvited: An exposé of the alien abduction phenomenon. His book Encounter in Rendlesham Forest, written with John Burroughs, USAF, Ret., and Jim Penniston, USAF, Ret., was published in April 2014.
Having worked on the MoD's UFO project, staff at the National Archives asked Pope to select some cases that could be highlighted to the media in the run-up to the release of the government's archives of UFO files. As such, he did hundreds of TV, radio, newspaper and magazine interviews on the story and thus became the public face of the file release project.