U.S. intelligence officials have no explanation for nearly all of the cases involving UFOs encountered by military pilots since 2004, according to the findings of a long-awaited mystery objects report.
Of 144 encounters reported with the so-called Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) from 2004 to 2021, officials said they were only able to identify one with “great confidence,” determining the object was a balloon that deflated. The Pentagon task force said officials “currently lack sufficient information” to categorize the other incidents with certainty.
Officials called on Congress to invest in standardized reporting and analysis of NAPs to help efforts reach a conclusion about their origins. The report also found that the items could pose a threat to flight safety and national security.
“PSUs pose a danger to flight safety and could pose a broader danger if certain cases represent sophisticated collection against US military activities by a foreign government or demonstrate breakthrough aerospace technology by a potential adversary,” the report said.
Compiled by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the report found no evidence to suggest the sightings were alien spacecraft or evidence of advanced technology possessed by a foreign power such as China or Russia. However, the report does not exclude this possibility either.
The report noted that observers saw “unusual UAP movement patterns or flight characteristics” in 18 of the incidents, including some instances where objects moved “without discernible means of propulsion.”
“For years the men and women we trust to defend our country have reported encounters with unidentified planes with superior capabilities, and for years their concerns have often been ignored and ridiculed,” said Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Deputy Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. “This report is an important first step in cataloging these incidents, but it is only a first step.
“The Defense Ministry and the intelligence community have a lot of work to do before we can really understand whether these air threats present a serious national security problem,” he added.
Authorities have identified five categories that may explain the incidents once they are resolved: aerial clutter, natural atmospheric phenomena, classified US technology development efforts, foreign adversary systems, and a catch-all category. “Other”.
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Part of the report should remain classified. Earlier this month, senior administration officials told The New York Times that the classified material did not contain any information suggesting the existence of an alien spacecraft. They acknowledged that keeping part of the report hidden could lead to speculation otherwise.
Representative Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said the report showed encounters with NAPs are “not uncommon”.
“We must approach these questions without preconceptions to encourage a thorough and systematized analysis of the potential risks to national security and flight safety posed by unidentified aerial phenomena, whether they are the result of a foreign adversary, of phenomena. atmospheric or otherwise, space debris or whatever, ”Schiff said in a statement.