The report, from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), said that of that total there were 21 reports of unknown phenomena, and eighteen reported events, which were beyond America’s known technological capabilities.
The report, which has been sent to Congress and made available to the general public, will only intensify speculation about the existence of life beyond our solar system.
It also points to a rapid and remarkable change in the official view of UFOs, or “unidentified aerial phenomena” (UAU), and the people who report them.
Once dismissed as the confused or mistaken beliefs of conspiracy theorists, the issue has taken a much stronger position in public discourse, primarily because many of those who reported the sightings were members of the military. Indeed, the US Navy worked with the ODNI as part of a task force to probe the UAP.
“This report provides policymakers with insight into the challenges associated with characterizing the potential threat posed by the UAP while providing a means to develop processes, policies, technologies, and training relevant to the U.S. military and military. other members of the US government (USG) if and when they meet with the UAP, in order to improve the intelligence community’s ability to understand the threat, ”the report said.
He adds, “The UAP clearly poses a flight safety problem and can pose a challenge to the national security of the United States. Safety concerns primarily relate to aviators grappling with an increasingly congested air domain. The UAP would also present a national security challenge if it is a collection platform for foreign adversaries or if it provides evidence that a potential adversary has developed revolutionary or disruptive technology.
Senior US officials anonymously briefing reporters on the report pointed out that many of the PAN cases included in the report were detailed by US Navy aviators who spoke of craft showing unspeakable speeds and maneuverability.
Due to the repeated sightings reported by the US military and the support of politicians such as Harry Reid and more recently Marco Rubio, there is a determination to ensure that the sightings do not involve devices tested by Russia or China. Most experts in the United States suspect that these countries do not have such technology.
“We continue to seek evidence of such programs given the counterintelligence challenge they would pose, especially since some UAPs have been detected near military installations or by aircraft carrying the most powerful sensor systems. advances of the US government. “
The official who briefed reporters was asked about the possibility of extraterrestrial explanations for the sightings. The official replied, “It is not the purpose of the task force to assess any sort of search for extraterrestrial life. … This is not what we were commissioned to do.
The official said of the 144 reports “we have no clear indication that there is a non-terrestrial explanation for them, but we will go where the data takes us.”
All but one, a case attributed to “air congestion,” remained unexplained, subject to further analysis, officials said. For the other cases, the government has not yet decided whether the sightings could be of extraterrestrial origin.
“We continue to put a lot of effort and energy into monitoring these types of developments, and we are monitoring them very carefully. Nothing in this dataset clearly points us in that direction, ”added one official.
Congressman Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said in a statement: “It has become increasingly clear that unidentified aerial phenomena are not uncommon and our government needs a way. unified to gather, analyze and contextualize these reports. “
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