The Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group will be part of the office of Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence & Security.
In June, we reported that Pentagon officials could not explain 143 of the 144 “unidentified aerial phenomena” (UAP) captured on film and video in military airspace.
The embarrassing revelation has resulted in the establishment of a new office to focus solely on this issue.
The announcement, made late Tuesday, will see the establishment of the Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group (AOIMSG), succeeding the U.S. Navy’s Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force; it will be part of the office of Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence & Security.
The AOIMSG will work across the Department of Defense and the entire U.S. government ‘to detect, identify and attribute objects of interests in Special Use Airspace, and to assess and mitigate any associated threats to safety of flight and national security,’ according to a press release issued by the DoD.
Currently, government officials are denying the involvement of Russians, the Chinese, or aliens.
But the officials acknowledged that the government’s failure to provide much explanation would fuel a wide range of theories, some more conspiratorial than others.
While the unexplained sightings were mostly around military installations or operations, the report said that could be the result of collection bias or the presence of cutting-edge sensors.
Some people believe any phenomenon exhibiting technology beyond the abilities of the United States needs deep study. Skeptics believe most or all of the sightings, including videos recorded by cameras on military fighter jets, can be explained by tricks of optics or naturally occurring phenomena.
However, there are those who have been following the reports for years, who feel that the move is being made to bury the issue deeper in another layer of bureaucracy.
But Luis Elizondo, the former director of the defense department’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, who discussed UFOs on “60 Minutes” earlier this year, questioned whether the public will be served by the Defense Department’s plan. The undersecretary’s office “has underplayed and tried to kill the UAP effort for years,” he tweeted.
He suggested the move is an attempt to “circumvent” the U.S. Senate’s interested in the topic. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., has proposed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, which would create an advisory committee with experts from NASA, the FAA and other scientific organizations, Politico reported.
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