The Pentagon will create a new group to monitor and ‘mitigate’ the threat from UFOs


The Defense Department is creating a new investigative body to detect and analyze “unidentified aerial phenomena,” as concerns about national security risks from UFOs grow.

In a memo issued Tuesday, Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks announced the creation of the Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group to “appropriately and mitigate any threats to the safety of aircraft and national security.”

The move comes after US National Intelligence Directors issued a report to Congress in June 2021 on unidentified aerial phenomena or UAPs. The report identified one of the 144 UAP cases as a large, inflatable balloon; At 18 events, observers described “unusual UAP motion patterns or flight characteristics,” indicating advanced technology.

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That report was the result of interest after the Pentagon classified three videos of “unidentified aerial phenomena” or UAPs in April 2020, not UFOs. The Defense Department established a “UAP Task Force” within the Navy in August. Then, in December, Congress approved funding for the Coronavirus Compensation Bill for reporting on unidentified aircraft in restricted airspace.

When the report was released in June, Hicks said the Defense Department “will establish procedures for synchronizing procurement, reporting and analysis on the UAP problem set, and recommendations for securing military testing and training ranks.”

The new group, which will be the successor of the Navy’s UAP task force, will be set up by Ronald Moultrie, the Undersecretary of the Defense Department for Intelligence and Security, the DOD said.

But Luis Elizondo, former director of the Defense Department’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, which discussed UFOs in “60 Minutes” earlier this year, questioned whether the public would be served by the Defense Department’s plan. He tweeted that the Undersecretary’s Office “has been trying to underscore UAP’s efforts for years and kill it.”

He suggested that this was an attempt to “transform” the US Senate’s interest in the issue. Sen. Politico reports that Kirsten Gillibrand, DN.Y., has proposed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, which will form an advisory committee with experts from NASA, FAA and other scientific organizations.

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