The Pentagon is forming a new task force to investigate UFO sightings that have been witnessed by U.S. military aircraft, say, two defense officials. However, others believe that these sightings might be drones possibly operated by earthly adversaries trying to gather intelligence instead of extraterrestrials.
Pentagon launches task force to investigate UFO sightings that some believe are drones
According to two defense officials, the Pentagon is forming a new task force to investigate UFOs that have been observed by U.S. military aircraft.
The UFO task force is expected to be officially unveiled in the next few days and will be overseen by Deputy Secretary of Defense David Norquist. The Department of Defense did not immediately respond to a request for comment, according to WXII12.
The appearance of UFOs over U.S. military bases form a risk to military jets and have long concerned members of Congress and Pentagon officials. Lacking any consensus on the origin of the unidentified flying objects has led some to believe that these might be drones possibly operated by earthly adversaries trying to gather intelligence instead of extraterrestrials.
After the official Pentagon release of three short videos showing U.S. aircraft encountering these UFOs, the Senate Intelligence Committee voted in June to have the Pentagon and intelligence community provide a public analysis.
“We have things flying over our military bases and places where we are conducting military exercises, and we don't know what it is, and it isn't ours, so that's a legitimate question to ask,” the chairman of that committee, Sen. Marco Rubio, told a local Miami News station, WFOR-TV in July. “Frankly, if it's something from outside this planet, that might actually be better than the fact that we've seen some sort of technological leap on behalf of the Chinese or the Russians or some other adversary,” he added.
The short video clips show UFOs moving rapidly while being recorded with infrared cameras. In one of the clips, a voice can be heard speculating that it could be a drone.
“Hazard reports” detailing encounters between U.S. Navy aircraft and “unidentified aerial phenomena” from the Navy Safety Center were obtained by CNN in May.
“The unknown aircraft appeared to be small in size, approximately the size of a suitcase, and silver in color,” according to one report describing an incident from March 26, 2014.
In the reports, the phenomena are described as “Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS),” which is the official term the Pentagon uses for drones.
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