Pentagon reveals 400 UFO sightings following leaked videos

Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence Scott Bray, left, and Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security Ronald Moultrie speak during a hearing of the Intelligence, Counterterrorism, Counterterrorism Subcommittee - espionage and counter-proliferation on the audience "Unidentified Aerial Phenomena," on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, May 17, 2022, in Washington.

This was the first public hearing on the NAPs in nearly 50 years.
Photo: Alex Brandon (PA)

Since the release of a Pentagon report on the Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon (UAP) last year, the number of reports from Navy pilots of mysterious and eerie sightings of planes rose to about 400, senior Pentagon officials revealed during the first public hearing on the UAP held for nearly 50 years.

The hearing took place on Tuesday and the two officials testified before a House subcommittee regarding work currently underway to investigate US military sightings of unidentifiable flying objects. UAPs are more commonly referred to as UFOs and usually involve a flying object that maneuvers in a way that seemingly defies the laws of physics. As a result, sightings from these aircraft have widely been classified as alien conspiracy or science fiction. However, the government has sworn to highlight the conversation around UAPs after several videos captured by Navy pilots leaked online.

“Our goal is to eliminate the stigma by involving our operators and mission personnel in a standardized data collection process,” Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security Ronald Moultrie said during the interview. hearing, which was broadcast live on the committee’s airwaves. Youtube channel. “We believe making UAP reporting a mission imperative will be instrumental to the success of the effort.”

The Department of Defense has established an office dedicated to overseeing the collection and processing of UAP sighting reports. Chairman of the House Intelligence Subcommittee on Counterintelligence, Counterterrorism, and Counterproliferation (the subcommittee organizing the hearing), Andre Carson, said the pilots often avoided report these incidents or that they made fun of them when they did. “Today we know better,” Carson said during the hearing. “The UAPs are unexplained, true, but they are real. They must be investigated and the many threats they pose must be mitigated.

The Pentagon report on UAPs was released in June 2021 following the Intelligence Authorization Act, which called for the release of an unclassified and all-source report on UAPs after leaked videos captured by US Navy pilots. The videos began circulating online before the US Department of Defense was officially published three unrated videos on their website as of April 2020.

The report was prepared by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and the Pentagon’s UAP Task Force, and lists a total of 144 incidents that occurred between 2004 and 2021. UAPs could fall into one of five categories, according to the report. The categories are air clutter (balloons, birds, and other such flying objects), natural atmospheric phenomena, US industry development programs, foreign enemy systems (with China and Russia listed as potential sources), and finally an “other” category for the unexplained. phenomenon. Of the 144, only one incident was identified as aerial clutter (it was a “large deflating balloon”) while the remaining 143 sightings remained unexplained.

Although most of the report was inconclusive, it apparently encouraged more pilots and servicemen to submit their own reports of UAP sightings. “Since the release of this preliminary report, the UAP Task Force database has grown to contain approximately 400 reports,” Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence Scott Bray said during the hearing. “The stigma has been reduced.”

The task force was also able to resolve one such incident involving video of triangular objects floating off the west coast seen through night vision goggles. Bray told the subcommittee that these objects were actually unmanned aerial systems that only appeared to have a triangle shape due to light coming through the night vision goggles before the video was recorded by an SLR camera. .

On the other hand, Bray showed the subcommittee another video of a spherical-shaped object whizzing rapidly near the cockpit of an airplane (so fast that Bray had to rewind and pause the footage several times for audience members can see it). “I don’t have an explanation of what this specific object is,” he said.

Bray blamed “the limited amount of high-quality data and reports” for hampering their ability to identify these objects. But he hopes that will change as the UAP working group receives more reports and brings in a group of experts in physics, optics, meteorology and other fields to help categorize UAPs. The working group does not, however, receive reports filed by civilians.

“Our primary goal was to move UAP’s efforts from an anecdotal or narrative approach to rigorous study focused on science and technology engineering,” Bray said during the hearing. “The message is now clear, if you see something you should report it.”

John C. Dent