The US Pentagon’s Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force is expected to reveal more of its findings to the public, media reported on July 24th.
The Pentagon’s program investigating unidentified flying objects (UFOs) is still underway, as evidenced by a Senate committee report on intelligence agency spending in June.
Called the Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force, the “mission of the task force will be to detect, analyze, catalog, consolidate, and exploit non-traditional aerospace vehicles/UAPs posing an operational threat to U.S. national security and avoid strategic surprise,” a spokesperson for the Pentagon said in a statement.
In regard to a report in the NYT who claims that information would be released, the spokesperson said the following:
“I can say that the department is creating a task force to gain knowledge and insight into the nature and origins of UAPs, as well as their operations, capabilities, performance, and/or signatures.”
It is also expected to share findings with the public 180 days after the enactment of the intelligence authorization act.
The previous director of the task force’s predecessor, the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, Luis Elizondo said that the program had been going since 2007.
A spokesperson for the Pentagon said that “Department of Defense and all of the military departments take any incursions by unauthorized aircraft into our training ranges or designated airspace very seriously, and examine each report.”
“This includes examinations of incursions that are initially reported as ‘unidentified aerial phenomena’ (UAP) when the observer cannot immediately identify what he or she is observing,” the Pentagon’s statement continued.
“Thorough examinations of any incursions into our training ranges or designated airspace often involves assessments from across the department, and, as appropriate, consultation with other U.S. government departments and agencies.”
“The safety of our personnel and the security of our operations is of paramount concern. To protect our people and maintain operations security, which includes not providing information that may be useful to our adversaries, DOD does not discuss publicly the details of either the observations or the examination of reported incursions into our training ranges or designated airspace, including those incursions initially designated as UAP.”
Former director Elizondo said that this program would be more transparent than its predecessors.
“It no longer has to hide in the shadows,” Elizondo said. “It will have a new transparency.”
In April 2020, the U.S. Department of Defense authorized release of three unclassified U.S. Navy videos that appear to show “unidentified” objects floating through the sky.
One of the videos was taken in November 2004, while the other two were filmed in January 2015, though they have been circulating since 2007 and 2017 respectively following an unauthorized release, the Pentagon said in a press release at the time.
Despite the videos being leaked a while prior, the Pentagon said that it was releasing them in an official capacity “in order to clear up any misconceptions by the public on whether or not the footage that has been circulating was real, or whether or not there is more to the videos.”
US President Donald Trump expressed skepticism that they were real, but said that it was “a hell of a video.”
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