Congress is due to hold its first hearing on unidentified flying objects (UFOs) in decades on Tuesday — a sign that defense officials are taking the phenomenon seriously.
Usually reserved for the world of science fiction or dubious conspiracy theories, UFOs or Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAPs), as the government now refers to them, have remained a pop culture sensation for years and are often linked to some sort of intelligent alien civilization visiting Earth.
Perhaps less absurd is the idea that UFOs/UFOs could also be foreign military aircraft – or perhaps particularly secret domestic military aircraft.
In any case, while many UAP reports can easily be dismissed due to their anecdotal nature or lack of evidence, the issue has clearly become too big to be ignored by US defense officials who say the reports should be taken seriously. for national security reasons.
In 2021, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a nine-page report on UAPs that investigated 144 reports from US government sources between 2004 and 2021, including 80 involving multi-sensor observation and 11 reports of “near misses” among pilots. and UAPs.
The report did not reveal anything about what the UAPs actually were, except that some of them exhibited what were described as “unusual” flight characteristics, including moving rapidly “with no discernible means of propulsion”.
The report stated that UAPs “pose a risk to flight safety and may pose a broader danger if some cases represent sophisticated collection against US military activities by a foreign government or demonstrate innovative aerospace technology by a potential adversary.”
On Tuesday, the Subcommittee on Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence and Counterproliferation will hold a hearing on UAPs starting at 10 am in Washington, D.C.
The hearing will include testimony from two defense officials: Ronald Moultrie, undersecretary of defense for intelligence and security, and Scott Bray, deputy director of naval intelligence, according to The New York Times newspaper.
John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, was asked about the meeting during a May 10 press conference. He said he “didn’t want to get ahead” of the meeting, but added: “We are absolutely committed to being as transparent as possible with the American people and with members of Congress about our perspectives on this and what we are going to try to do to ensure that we have a better process for identifying these phenomena, analyzing this information in a more proactive and coordinated manner than has been done in the past, and that we are also doing what we need to do to mitigate any safety issues as many of these phenomena have been seen in fields of training and in training environments.”
Asked if he was concerned that UAPs could be a foreign adversary, Kirby replied, “We don’t have an opinion on that,” but stressed that better reporting processes are being put in place to help gather information.
“It was kind of ad hoc in the past, in terms of a pilot here and a pilot there seeing something and the reporting procedures were not consistent,” he added.