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Pentagon Still Investigates Claims and Reports of UFOs

Pentagon Still Investigates Claims and Reports of UFOs

“The Department of Defense is always concerned about maintaining positive identification of all aircraft in our operating environment.”

Our tax dollars at work! The Department of Defense admitted to The New York Post that officials still investigate any reports on UFOs:

In a statement provided exclusively to The Post, a Department of Defense spokesman said a secret government initiative called the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program [AATIP] “did pursue research and investigation into unidentified aerial phenomena.”

And while the DOD says it shut down the AATIP in 2012, spokesman Christopher Sherwood acknowledged that the department still investigates claimed sightings of alien spacecraft.

“The Department of Defense is always concerned about maintaining positive identification of all aircraft in our operating environment, as well as identifying any foreign capability that may be a threat to the homeland,” Sherwood said.

“The department will continue to investigate, through normal procedures, reports of unidentified aircraft encountered by US military aviators in order to ensure defense of the homeland and protection against strategic surprise by our nation’s adversaries.”

AATIP came to light in 2017. Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) bragged that he secured “$22 million in annual funding.”

UFO stands for unidentified flying objects, but John Greenewald, Jr., who runs The Black Vault website that “archives declassified government documents on subjects like UFOs, noted how the DoD said unidentified aerial phenomena:

“I’m shocked they said it that way, and the reason is, is they’ve seemingly worked very hard not to say that,” he said.

“So I think that’s a pretty powerful statement because now we have actual evidence — official evidence — that said, ‘Yes, AATIP did deal with UAP cases, phenomena, videos, photos, whatever.’”

Greenewald said he hopes that the Pentagon will release more information about the AATIP, either by voluntary disclosure or through requests under the federal Freedom of Information Act.

“But at least we’re one step closer to the truth,” he said.

Iain Boyd at the University of Michigan wrote at Live Science that the Pentagon remains interested in UFOs “to better understand flying objects that it can’t now identify,” especially during military missions when “a pilot or soldier can’t identify an object.” He continued:

“Situational awareness” is the military term for having complete understanding of the environment in which you are operating. A UFO represents a gap in situational awareness. At the moment, when a Navy pilot sees something strange during flight, just about the only thing he or she can do is ask other pilots and air traffic control what they saw in that place at that time. Globally, the number of UFO reportings in a year has peaked at more than 8,000. It’s not known how many the military experiences.

Even the most heavily documented incidents end up unresolved, despite interviewing dozens of witnesses and reviewing many written documents, as well as lots of audio and video recordings.

All military vehicles have sensors on them “like radar, sonar and lidar.” These vehicles rarely go anywhere alone since satellites follow them. Boyd suggested the military combine information from all of the available technology “to analyze all the many signals as they come in from sensors, separating any observations that it can’t identify.”

If the sensors cannot identify an object, then “the system could even assign sensors on nearby vehicles or orbiting satellites to collect additional information in real time.”


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“UFO” is not synonymous with “alien space ship”. It only makes sense to investigate anomalous sightings.

    hey an object just flew by me and I can not identify it.
    that is a ufo
    but term sadly seems to only be thought of in “alien” terms

    david7134 in reply to Toad-O. | May 24, 2019 at 11:16 am

    Walking my dog a few years ago, I saw an object that initially looked like a star. It was going faster than any object I have ever seen. I thought it was a meteor and was waiting to see it burn. But it stopped turned 360 and assumed the same high speed in a second. I am now a believer inb little green men. Read Leslie Kean book on UFO.

    Anonamom in reply to Toad-O. | May 24, 2019 at 11:22 am

    Precisely. This is ABSOLUTELY a legitimate use of public money.

Why is this news? If people see something they say something, and if people say something the authorities investigate. Isn’t that how it’s supposed to work? Sure, most of the time it will turn out that there was nothing there, but the same is true for calls about suspicious objects on the ground, or suspicious people, or whatever. You don’t want to miss the one time the UFO does turn out to be an alien craft, and by alien I don’t mean from Tau Ceti, I mean from Russia or China or Iran.

If the US military failed to investigate aircraft operating in our airspace that they didn’t recognize, I’d call that an extremely gross case of negligence.

It’s their job to deal with threats, and they can’t do that if they can’t even identify what they’re looking at.

    Merlin in reply to Paul. | May 24, 2019 at 10:50 am

    Well, yes and no.

    Once upon a time I had a Marine KC-130 logging flight time declare a near miss with what they identified as a flight of four A-4 Skyhawks in close echelon formation passing very close above and across his nose in a southern California offshore military operating area. This was well after sunset but before full dark. No nav lights on the A-4s and nobody questioned the pilot’s ID of the offending aircraft type. No digital radar presentations anywhere near the KC-130. Not even any returns in raw radar mode. A realtime query to NORAD confirmed our picture as accurate. Nothing anywhere near that KC-130. Official paperwork commenced, official inquiries were made, and there were no Skyhawks airborne on the West Coast at the time of the near miss, let alone a flight of four.

    Of course it was possible that NORAD was lying to us, but unlikely since the SR-71s always checked in as they transited that same airspace and their movements were still highly classified. What we likely experienced was a fairly dangerous demonstration of the stealth technology of the new Air Force F-117 stealth fighters that nobody knew existed and wouldn’t for several more years. Somebody somewhere decided that we didn’t have a need to know what was flying in our airspace and since there was no midair fireball, I guess they were correct. All that paperwork got shelved somewhere never to be seen again.

    My point is that the United States has always had things flying through the sky that somebody somewhere has determined we don’t need to know anything about.

“The Department of Defense is always concerned about maintaining positive identification of all aircraft in our operating environment.”

That would seem to be an essential feature of any program of “defense”. Much like identifying an animal—does it bite? Is is venomous? That’s the practical safety stuff one would like to evaluate immediately. Same with mystery aircraft.

Our tax dollars at work!

So, Mary, your snarkiness suggests that you believe DoD should ignore these unexplained phenomena.

Or am I misreading your intent?

Still one of the best articles on UFO’s-

According to John Podesta on the History Channel, the “spooks ” prevented Hillary from winning because she was going to open it all up .
Another excuse for losing from a galaxy far far away.

Something like a trillion X a trillion stars and planets and ufo’s come here to anally pro e us.

    Jackie in reply to 4fun. | May 23, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    A trillion is probably an severe underestimate. If the math is correct, we have an infinite universe with a number of other dimensions. Infinitely multiplied by x. It’s not even conceivable for the human mind.

I don’t think this is a waste of taxpayer money. There are thousands of reasons for unidentified aircraft that don’t include aliens. We also have incredibly reliable people that have seen objects that are apparently unexplainable and for our own safety we can’t have objects we can’t explain flying over our country.

This is obvious. If word got out that no investigation would be done of UFO sightings, it would tell our adversaries what they could use for the best possible camouflage. Therefore, someone has to investigate, even if it seems pointless.

Okay, there are two separate aspects to how the government handles investigation of UFOs, which are linked.

The first aspect is technological superiority and how that effects defense strategy. All of the documented military sightings are of phenomena which seem to indicate that, if these phenomena are vehicles of some type, they are far superior in technology.

The second aspect is the effect that assigning the possibility that UFOs are possibly extra-terrestrial would have on the public. The technology necessary to cross interstellar space or dimensional or temporal barriers would be far beyond the capabilities of humanity, at this time.

I’m sure that some functionary in some office in some agency in the US government is very concerned about what UFOs represent.

Because closure.

healthguyfsu | May 24, 2019 at 12:33 am

Yeah, this doesn’t bother me at all.

DouglasJBender | May 24, 2019 at 2:59 am

Based on what I’ve seen and heard lately, I think the Pentagon should consider interviewing Nancy Pelosi.

Extraterrestrials have been using weather balloons to invade us for the last 70-80 years. I thought that was settled a long time ago?