The Pentagon announced late Tuesday that it will form a new team to check for reports of unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs) in restricted US airspace.
The formation of the new unit, the Aeronautical Objects Identification and Synchronization Group, was led by President Joe Biden’s Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks.
This will lead to efforts to “detect, identify and attribute objects” in confined airspace, as well as mitigate any threats to military flights and national security, the Defense Department said in a press release.
“The invasion of any aircraft into our SUA (Specialized Airspace) poses safety and operational problems and could create national security problems,” the Pentagon said in a press release.
The new team, which will replace the US Navy’s Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force, will be overseen by the Deputy Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, the Director of the Joint Staff and officials from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
The announcement follows a nine-page report (pdf) released by the government in June that lays out 144 UAP sightings, of which 11 caused “near misses” for military pilots.
The report was released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) in conjunction with the US Navy-led UAP task force, and cites 11 “documented cases of pilots reporting near misses with the UAP” as examples of “current events”. current airspace problems ”. It notes that aviators must report such concerns when faced with security threats.
“UAPs pose a safety hazard and may pose a broader threat if some cases represent sophisticated fundraising against US military activities by a foreign government or show disruptive aerospace technology from a potential adversary,” the report said.
However, he added that defense and intelligence analysts do not have sufficient data to determine the nature of UAPs observed by military pilots, stressing that they may belong to explanatory categories such as foreign enemy systems, natural atmospheric phenomena, or “others” in the public. speculation about extraterrestrial technology as a possible explanation in some cases.
“UAP clearly poses a safety problem and could pose a threat to US national security,” the report said, adding that the phenomenon “probably has no single explanation.”
The Pentagon noted in its Tuesday release that the report, released in June, “highlighted the need to improve processes, policies, technology and training to improve our ability to understand the UAP.”
Senator Marco Rubio (RR) said in May that members of Congress and other officials need to seriously investigate UFOs and the potential threat they pose.
Speaking with CBS News “60 Minutes” A Florida Republican described the “stigma on Capitol Hill” in which some legislators “are very interested in this topic” but also “giggle when you bring it up.” However, he cautioned, “I don’t think we can let stigma stop us from getting an answer to a very fundamental question.”
CBS News also interviewed former Navy lieutenant Ryan Graves, who said the facilities could be technology developed by Russia or the Chinese communist regime.
The department said that in the coming weeks they will publish more detailed information about the structure of the group, its resources and individuals.