- The United States Congress held its first hearing on UFOs in more than 50 years.
- The Pentagon promised a “rigorous scientific analysis” of UFOs.
- The US created an office to investigate unidentified aerial phenomena.
Is there extraterrestrial life? On Tuesday, the head of the Pentagon’s intelligence services promised Congress they will apply “rigorous scientific analysis” to discover the origin of UFOs, in a rare public hearing on this secret and controversial mystery, according Politico.
Ronald Moultrie, the Defense Department’s under secretary for intelligence, told a subcommittee of the House Intelligence Committee that the Pentagon is committed “to a focused effort to determine its origins,” Politico reported.
The Pentagon promises Congress they will investigate UFO origins
The EFE news agency also reported that Pentagon officials said that they are sure that their soldiers have encountered unexplained aerial objects or phenomena and added that they have received 400 alerts since 2004. For the first time in more than 50 years, the Congress hosted a hearing on UFOs in which the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security, Ronald Moultrie, and the Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence, Scott Bray, testified.
During the session before a lower house intelligence subcommittee, several legislators emphasized that the reason for the hearing was to end the stigma on this subject so that the military will inform their superiors when they encounter a phenomenon of this type, according to EFE.
US government creates an office to analyze UFOs
The chairman of the subcommittee, Democrat André Carson, who represents an Indiana district, recalled that more than half a century ago the United States Government put an end to the “Blue Book” project, which analyzed 12,618 UFOs detected by the Air Force between 1952 and 1969. Years later, in 2017, according to EFE, legislators learned that the Department of Defense had discreetly started a similar project to follow unexplained aerial phenomena — what most of us refer to as UFOs.
Moultrie explained that in fiscal year 2022 (which began last October) the Pentagon has created an office to supervise the gathering, treatment and analysis of any encounter with UFOs or phenomena of this type that are not always objects. For his part, the deputy director of US Naval Intelligence, Scott Bray, mentioned an official report published almost a year ago stating that the country has detected between 2004 and 2021 a total of 144 unidentified aerial phenomena, and added that this figure has risen to 400.
Hundreds of unidentified aerial phenomena have been detected
According to EFE, the reason for this increase is that soldiers have begun to report more of this type of phenomenon, thanks to the work being done to end the stigma, the increase in systems such as drones, and the improvement of sensors and radars to detect them.
The deputy director of Naval Intelligence pointed out that, after completing the analysis, it is likely that the UFOs will fall into categories such as radar interference, natural atmospheric phenomena, development programs of the United States Government or industry, or foreign adversary systems. “And there is another box that allows us to enter difficult cases, and the possibility of surprises and potential scientific discoveries,” he said.
“There is a series of unexplained events”
Despite his estimates, Bray did not rule out that the number of 400 will drop, since some of these alerts are based only on testimonies of people, while many others are supported by more objective measurement systems, such as sensors or radars. In this sense, the Democratic Representative Adam Schiff was intrigued since the June report of last year, released by the office of the Director of National Intelligence, collected 18 unidentified aerial phenomena, which apparently had sophisticated technology and flew without “any discernible means of propulsion.”
On that matter, he asked Bray if the United States knows of any foreign adversaries capable of making objects fly without a distinguishable means of propulsion, to which the deputy director of Naval Intelligence replied that they are not aware of any rival being able to do so. “I would just say that there are a number of events that we don’t have any explanation for,” Bray said, adding that these types of objects are what they are most interested in.
Pentagon showed UFO videos at the hearing
During the session, EFE noted, those responsible for the Pentagon illustrated their words with videos of UFOs, although many times the explanation can be simple. In one of them, which according to Bray was recorded on the coast of the United States, they detected a reflective triangle that could be seen with night glasses and that they suppose could be a drone, precisely because the use of this type of lens would facilitate the reflection of a triangle shape.
Another of the lawmakers, Republican Eric Crawford, asked defense officials if they could offer a concrete example of an object whose origin is not natural and that cannot be attributed to human beings. Bray cited a video recorded in 2004 by a Navy fighter from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz: “We have data on that and it’s just something that remains unresolved.”