US official says Pentagon committed to understanding origins of UFOs

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon is committed to identifying the origins of what the government calls “unidentified aerial phenomena” at the first public hearing in Congress on so-called Unidentified Flying Objects, a senior Defense Department official said on Tuesday. of 50 years.

Two senior defense intelligence officials appeared before the US House of Representatives Intelligence Subcommittee 11 months after the release of a report documenting more than 140 cases of unspecified weather phenomena, or UAPs, that US military pilots have reported observing since 2004.

Ronald Moultrie, who oversees the new group as the US Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security, said at the hearing.

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Another official who testified was Scott Bray, deputy director of Naval Intelligence.

The more common term UFO, which refers to an unidentified flying object, has been widely associated with the idea of ‚Äč‚Äčalien spacecraft, which was not mentioned in the UAP presentation last June. Instead, the focus was on the potential ramifications for the national security and aviation safety of the United States.

However, the report included some UAPs previously revealed in video footage released by the Pentagon of UFOs showing speed and maneuverability that exceed known flight technology and lack any visible thrusters or flight control surfaces.

That report was a nine-page “preliminary assessment” compiled by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and a Navy-led task force set up by the Pentagon in 2020.

Subcommittee Chairman Andrei Carson said in his opening remarks that it was important for the Pentagon to remove the stigma surrounding UFO sightings, which he said had long discouraged military pilots from reporting them so they could be analyzed.

“UAPs are unexplained, that’s right. But it’s real,” Carson said.

The defense and intelligence analysts who prepared the assessment did not provide any conclusions about the origins of any of the 144 views included in it, except for one that was attributed to a large balloon deflated air.

The Naval Task Force behind the paper was replaced in November by a new Department of Defense agency called the Airborne Object Identification and Synchronization Group.

Moultrie and Bray were scheduled to testify behind closed doors after the public hearing.

While last year’s report reached no conclusions, it said the UAP sightings may be missing a single explanation.

More data and analysis is needed to determine if it represents an alien air system developed by a secret US government or commercial entity, or by a foreign power such as China or Russia, according to the report.

Senior US officials told reporters before the report was released last year that defense and intelligence analysts also did not rule out an extraterrestrial origin for any UAP case, although the newspaper itself avoided any explicit reference to such possibilities.

However, the report marks a turning point for the US government after decades spent distracting, debunking and discrediting observations of UFOs and “UFOs” dating back to the 1940s. Read more

The hearing will mark the first open congressional hearing on the topic since the US Air Force ended the indecisive UFO program called Project Blue Book in 1969.

During its 17 years of existence, Blue Book has compiled a list of a total of 12,618 UFO sightings, 701 of which include objects that are still officially “unknown”. But the Air Force later said it had found no indication of a national security threat or evidence of extraterrestrial vehicles.

In 1966, nearly a decade before he took office, then-U.S. Representative Gerald Ford of Michigan, who was the leader of the House Republicans at the time, organized a hearing in response to dozens of witness accounts of strange glowing lights and large football shapes on the low altitude. About Dexter, Michigan, famous for its interpretation of an Air Force official as “swamp gas.”

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(Joe Rowlett reports in Washington). Writing and Additional Reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; Editing by Robert Persell

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