US Navy Drafts New Guidelines for UFO Reports Apr 23, 2019 20:18:05 GMT -5
Post by Joanna on Apr 23, 2019 20:18:05 GMT -5
US Navy Drafts New Guidelines for UFO Reports
The U.S. Navy is drafting new guidelines for pilots and other personnel to report encounters with “unidentified aircraft,” a significant step in creating a formal process for collecting and analyzing the unexplained sightings. The previously unreported move is in response to a series of sightings of unknown, highly-advanced aircraft intruding on Navy strike groups and other sensitive military formations and facilities.
“There have been a number of reports of unauthorized and/or unidentified aircraft entering various military-controlled ranges and designated air space in recent years,” a Navy spokesperson said in response to questions from POLITICO. “For safety and security concerns, the Navy takes these reports very seriously and investigates each and every report. As part of this effort, the Navy is updating and formalizing the process by which reports of any such suspected incursions can be made to the cognizant authorities. A new message to the fleet that will detail the steps for reporting is in draft.”
To be clear, the Navy isn’t endorsing the idea that its sailors have encountered alien spacecraft, but it is acknowledging there have been enough strange aerial sightings by credible and highly-trained military personnel they need to be recorded in the official record and studied – rather than dismissed as some kooky phenomena from the realm of science fiction.
Chris Mellon (above), a former Pentagon intelligence official and ex-staffer on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said establishing a more formal means of reporting what the military now calls “unexplained aerial phenomena,” rather than “unidentified flying objects,” would be a “sea change.” He continued, saying, “Right now, we have situation in which UFOs and UAPs are treated as anomalies to be ignored rather than anomalies to be explored. We have systems that exclude that information and dump it.” For example, he said “in a lot of cases [military personnel] don’t know what to do with that information – like satellite data or a radar that sees something going Mach 3. They will dump [the data] because that is not a traditional aircraft or missile.”
The development comes amidst growing interest from members of Congress following revelations by POLITICO and the New York Times in late 2017 that the Pentagon establish a dedicated office within the Defense Intelligence Agency to study UAPs (UFOs) at the urging of several senators who secretly set aside appropriations for the effort. The office spent some $25 million conducting a series of technical studies and evaluating numerous unexplained incursions, including one that lasted several days involving the USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group in 2004. In that case, Navy fighter jets were outmaneuvered by unidentified aircraft that flew in a manner that appeared to defy the laws of known physics.
Raytheon, a leading defense contractor, used the reports and official Department of Defense video of the sightings off the coast of California to hail one of its radar systems for capturing the phenomena.
The Pentagon’s UFO research office, known as the Advanced Aerospace Threat Intelligence Program, officially wound down in 2012 when the congressional earmark ran out. Now, however, additional lawmakers are asking questions, the Navy reports. “In response to requests for information from Congressional members and staff, Navy officials have provided a series of briefings by senior Naval Intelligence officials as well as aviators who reported hazards to aviation safety,” a spokesperson said in a statement.
The Navy declined to identify who has been briefed, nor would it provide additional details on the guidelines for reporting that are being drafted for the fleet. The U.S. Air Force did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Advocates for treating such sightings as a potential national security threat have long criticized military leaders for giving the phenomenon relatively little attention and encouraging a culture in which personnel feel that speaking up about it could hurt their career. Luis Elizondo, the former Pentagon official who ran the so-called AATIP office, complained after he retired that the Pentagon’s approach to these unidentified aircraft has been far too blasé. “If you are in a busy airport and see something you are supposed to say something,” Elizondo explained. “With our own military members, it is kind of the opposite: ‘If you do see something, don’t say something.’” He added that because these mysterious aircraft “don’t have a tail number or a flag – in some cases not even a tail – it’s crickets. What happens in five years if it turns out these are extremely advanced Russian aircraft?”
Elizondo will be featured in an upcoming documentary series about the Pentagon UFO research he oversaw. He said the six-part series will reveal more recent sightings of UAPs by dozens of military pilots.
Both Elizondo and Mellon are involved in the To The Stars Academy of Arts and Sciences, which supports research into explaining the technical advances these reported UAPs demonstrate.
Source: Bryan Bender, POLITICO, April 23, 2019.