Pentagon Creates Task Force to Investigate UFOs Aug 15, 2020 10:09:53 GMT -5
Post by JoannaB on Aug 15, 2020 10:09:53 GMT -5
Pentagon Creates Task Force to Investigate UFOs
Following several unexplained incidents, The Pentagon has created a task force to investigate UFOs. According to military officials, the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) Task Force was launched earlier this month by Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist, boosting efforts by the Office of Naval Intelligence.
A Department of Defense (DOD) spokesperson said yesterday the goal is to “improve its understanding of, and gain insight into the nature and origins of UAPs. The mission of the task force will be to detect, analyze and catalog UAPs that could potentially pose a threat to U.S. national security. The safety of our personnel and the security of our operations are of paramount concern,” the spokesperson continued, “The Department of Defense and the military departments take any incursions by unauthorized aircraft into our training ranges or designated airspace very seriously and examine each report. This includes examinations of incursions that are initially reported as UAP when the observer cannot immediately identify what he or she is observing.”
The creation of the task force is an extension of previous efforts to examine the UFO phenomena, but will not attempt to prove the existence of extraterrestrial forms of life. In 2017, The New York Times confirmed the existence of the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, which, according to the Pentagon, had been disbanded.
A Navy task force has been informally investigating UFOs since 2018 and in April, the DOD declassified and released three videos documenting such encounters in 2004 and 2015.
While the work of the new task force will remain classified, this could change if a proposal for an unclassified report on UFOs by the Senate Select Committee is passed by congress.
Sources: Julia Musto, Fox News, August 15, 2020, and CNN, August 14, 2020.