Thu 25 November 2021:
The Pentagon is establishing a new office to study unexplained flying objects, citing fears that wide investigations may not be able to explain mysterious sightings near key military regions.
The new investigatory body was ordered to be established in the US Defense Department’s intelligence and security office by Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks, working with the US director of national intelligence, the Pentagon said late Tuesday.
The directive came five months after a classified US intelligence analysis on possible alien UFOs came back inconclusive: it may account for some recorded occurrences but not others, including ones filmed by pilots near military testing areas.
Due to security concerns, the new office will focus on incidents in or near designated “special use airspace” (SUA) zones that are strictly monitored and blocked from general aviation.
The US military is concerned that some of the mysterious aerial phenomena previously observed by military aircraft may represent technology developed by strategic rivals unknown to US experts.
“Incursions by any airborne object into our SUA pose safety of flight and operations security concerns, and may pose national security challenges,” the Pentagon said in a statement.
The Defense Department “takes reports of incursions — by any airborne object, identified or unidentified — very seriously, and investigates each one,” it added.
The new office was dubbed 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 determined that most of around 120 incidents over the past 20 years could be explained and had nothing to do with unknown or secret US or foreign technology.
However, it could not account for several perplexing reports and videos produced by military personnel.
Last year, the Pentagon published an inexplicable video recorded by naval pilots of items spinning and then disappearing at amazing speeds.
China’s test of a globe-circling hypersonic vehicle capable of launching a separate missile while traveling at more than five times the speed of sound in July raised concerns in Washington that Beijing may have technologies that the US has yet to develop.
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