US Pentagon creates new office to investigate UFO reports. The new office will focus on incidents in or near designated “special use airspace” (SUA) areas.
The Pentagon is creating a new office to investigate unidentified flying objects amid concerns that, after extensive investigations, it cannot explain mysterious sightings near highly sensitive military areas.
Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks, working with the US director of national intelligence, ordered the new investigative body to be established within the US Department of Defense’s intelligence and security authorities, the Pentagon said Tuesday night. .
The order came five months after a classified US intelligence report on possible alien UFOs was inconclusive: it may explain some reported incidents, but failed to explain other phenomena, some filmed by pilots near test areas.
The new office will focus on incidents in or near designated “special use airspace” (SUA) areas that are strictly controlled and blocked off to general aviation due to security sensitivities.
The US military is concerned that some of the unidentified aerial phenomena detected by military pilots in the past could represent technologies from strategic rivals unknown to US scientists.
“Incursions by any aerial object into our SUA pose operational and flight security concerns and may pose national security challenges,” the Pentagon said in a statement.
The Defense Department “takes reports of incursions – by any aerial object, identified or not – very seriously and investigates each one,” he added.
The new office has been named the Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group (AOIMSG), the successor to the US Navy’s Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force.
It will be overseen by a panel of experts from the military and intelligence community.
A mostly classified official review of UFO reports released in June found that most of the roughly 120 incidents over the past 20 years could be explained and had nothing to do with unknown or secret US or foreign technology.
But he was unable to explain some seductive reports and videos made by the military.
Last year, the Pentagon released a still-inexplicable video taken by Navy pilots of objects moving at incredible speeds, rotating and mysteriously disappearing.
China’s July test of a world-circling hypersonic vehicle that could launch a separate missile while traveling at more than five times the speed of sound warned Washington that Beijing may have technologies the United States has yet to develop.