Pentagon officials affirmed this Tuesday before the US Congress that they are sure that their military have foundor with unidentified aerial objects or phenomena and raised the number of alerts received since 2004 to 400.
For the first time in more than 50 years, Congress hosted a hearing on UFOs in which they testified the sUndersecretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security of the United States, Ronald Moultrie, and the deputy director of US Naval Intelligence, Scott Bray.
During the session before a House Intelligence subcommittee, several lawmakers emphasized that the purpose of the hearing was to break down stigma on this subject so that the military inform their superiors when they encounter a phenomenon of this type.
The chairman of the subcommittee, Democrat André Carson, who represents an Indiana district, recalled that More than half a century ago, the US Government put an end to the “Blue Book” project, which analyzed 12,618 UFOs detected by the country’s Air Force between 1952 and 1969.
Years later, in 2017, lawmakers learned that the Department of Defense had quietly started a similar project to track what the US has stopped calling UFOs to name unidentified aerial phenomena; and last year Congress wrote the rules for this initiative.
An office to analyze UFOs
Moultrie explained that in fiscal year 2022 (which started last October) the Pentagon has created an office to supervise the collection, treatment and analysis of any encounter with UFOs or phenomena of this type, which 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, adding that that number has risen to 400.
The reason for this increase is that soldiers have begun to report more of this type of phenomenon, thanks to the work that is being done to end the stigma, the increase in systems such as drones in US airspace, and the improvement of sensors and radars to detect them.
The deputy director of Naval Intelligence pointed out that, after completing the analysisUFOs are likely to fall into categories like radar jamming, natural weather events, US government or industry development programs, or foreign adversary systems.
“And there is another box that allows us to put difficult cases, and the possibility of surprises and potential scientific discoveries,” he said. Despite his estimates, Bray did not rule out that the number of 400 dropssince some of these alerts are based only on testimonials from people, while many others are supported by more objective measurement systems, such as sensors or radars.
18 UFOs with no means of propulsion in sight
Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff was intrigued. since the June report of last year, released by the office of the US Director of National Intelligence, collected 18 unidentified aerial phenomena, that they apparently had sophisticated technology and that they flew without “any discernible means of propulsion”.
In this regard, he asked Bray if the US knows of any foreign adversary 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 that any rival can do it.
“I would just say that there is a series of events that we have no explanation for.”said Bray, who added that these types of objects are the ones that interest them the most.
During the session, Pentagon officials illustrated their words with videos of UFOs, although many times the explanation can be simple.
A triangle that could be a drone
In one of them, which according to Bray was recorded on the US coast, 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 triangular shape.
Another of the lawmakers, Republican Eric Crawford, asked Defens officialsto 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 something that just remains unresolved.”
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.