PENTAGON officials appear to be preparing to set up a “real X-Files” office to probe UFOs after a bombshell report didn’t rule out aliens.
UFOs have stepped from a fringe conspiracy theory to a genuine national security debate as the US admitted a string of mysterious encounters in the skies.
And following the release of the highly anticipated Pentagon report on Friday which admitted there had been hundreds of unexplained sightings, UFO enthusiasts are asking “what next?”.
It appears the US Department of Defense (DoD) is preparing to set up a new unit dedicated to the strange phenomena, similar to secretive agencies in hit TV show the X-Files and movie series Men in Black.
DoD officials released a memo on Friday which stated they will now seek to “formalise” the investigations of UFOS, often now refered to as Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAPs).
UAPs are currently the main brief of the UAP Task Force, a body set up after a series of stunning leaked videos show strange encounters between the phenomena and US warplanes.
And the memo released by the DoD set out a three point plan to pull together US investigations to try and work out exactly what these mysterious objects that defy normal understanding could be.
The first point states the DoD wants to “synchronize collection, reporting and analysis” of UAPs, and to “secure” military test and training ranges.
And then next it states it wants to set aside resources and staffing to continue the probe, seemingly confirming the establishment of a formal office.
Finally, it states there must be “coordination” between all arms of the US military and the intelligence services on the issue.
DoD staff will also have to report an apparent encounter with a UAP within two weeks to allow it to be more properly investigated, the memo reads.
It was signed off by deputy secretary of defense Kathleen Hicks.
The move is a major win for campaigners who have been calling on the US to take the issue of UFOs more seriously, and is being sent as another step on the road to potential disclosure.
In a statement, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said: “Analyzing UAP is a collaborative effort involving many departments and agencies, and the Department thanks the Office of the Director of National Intelligence for leading a collaborative effort to produce this assessment, as well as the other contributing departments and agencies.
“Incursions into our training ranges and designated airspace pose safety of flight and operations security concerns, and may pose national security challenges. DoD takes reports of incursions – by any aerial object, identified or unidentified – very seriously, and investigates each one.
The report submitted today highlights the challenges associated with assessing UAP occurring on or near DOD training ranges and installations.
“The report also identified the need to make improvements in processes, policies, technologies, and training to improve our ability to understand UAP.”
He added: “The plan will establish procedures for synchronizing collection, reporting and analysis of UAP; provide recommendations for securing military test and training ranges; and identify requirements for the establishment and operation of a new follow-on DOD activity to lead the effort, including its alignment, resources, staffing, authorities, and a timeline for implementation.”
The nine-page report that was released on Friday was the unclassified version, with a much more extensive version reportedly given to Congress in a secret briefing last week.
In the public version, the military counted 144 UFO sightings predominantly occurring in 2019 that couldn’t be verified by any terrestrial explanation.
The report appeared to acknowledge that the military’s capability both in the realms of defense and intelligence are working with insufficient data to pinpoint the nature of the UFOs.
For instance, sensors mounted on US military defense crafts “are typically designed to fulfill specific missions” but in this case, they are ill-equipped in “identifying UAP,” according to the report.
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The report also suggested that when the objects in the sky are finally figured out, they likely will be categorized by a bunch of things including “airborne clutter” like a deflated balloon, natural atmospheric phenomena to more sinister “foreign adversary systems.”
What’s more, there was nothing in the report that concluded the flying aircraft aren’t alien.
The report is the result of lawmakers pushing for a public release of findings after so many ineffable incidents were being documented over the past 20 years.
US Navy pilots, for example, recorded objects traveling at seemingly hypersonic speeds, spinning and mysteriously disappearing – fueling the intrigue as the origins of these phenomena.
What is going on with UFOs in the US?
UFOS have stepped from fringe conspiracy theories to a genuine national security debate in the US.
Pentagon officials last year took the unprecedented step to confirm a trio of remarkable videos which showed US encounters with UFOs.
The debate is still open as to what the phenomena caught on film were – but it made clear to everyone, something is in the skies.
Perhaps the most striking was a video known as the “Tic Tac” – which showed an unidentified object being pursued by fighter planes.
The US also confirmed the existence of the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) – a Pentagon programme set up to study UFOs before being disbanded in 2017.
However, it was replaced by the UAP Task Force in June 2020 after a vote by the US Senate Intelligence Committee.
Defence chiefs have since confirmed a number of leaked UFO videos and photos which were submitted to the Task Force for investigation.
Why this sudden rush for transparency?
No outside the secretive wings of the US government currently knows for sure.
And as a tacked on addendum to a 5,500 page Covid relief bill passed in December, the the Director of National Intelligence’s office was ordered to compile a report on UFOs within 180 days.
The UAP report dropped as expected on June 25, and while not giving much away – it did not rule anything out either as much of it remains classified.
The US appear to have acknowledged that UFOs – whatever they are – are real and are a potential threat to national security as they appear to be able to enter restricted airspace with total impunity.
Is it aliens? Officially the US position is simply, “we don’t know yet” as further disclosure is expected in the coming months and years.
US lawmakers commissioned the report after a stunning string of leaked videos which showed military encounters with objects such as the infamous “Tic Tac”.
It marked a stunning turnaround after the government dismissed UFOs at the conclusion of Project Blue Book in the 1960s.
And former Pentagon insider Luis Elizondo confirmed much of the report is likely still hidden – and rumours of other stunning photos and videos.
“The government has formally and officially come out and informed Congress that these things are – A, they’re real – and two, that they’re not ours and that they seem to be performing, at least some of them … in remarkable ways,” Elizondo told Fox News.
Some unhappy UFO fans branded the report a “whitewash”, but it is seen by many as the first step on the round to truly understanding what is going on in the skies.
The report admits the encounters could be previously unknown aircraft from China, Russia or event a “non government” terror group.
But it crucially did not rule out an extraterrestrial, or perhaps even extradimensional, origin for the encounters.
The Sun Online previously revealed the Pentagon is believed to have in its possession a picture of a “Black Triangle” UFO rising from the ocean in one of the most stunning encounters ever caught on camera.