A new investigative unit is being created by the Department of Defense to analyze and track “unidentified air phenomena” as national security concerns rise about UFOs.

Kathleen Hicks was the Deputy Defense Secretary and announced in a Tuesday memo that the Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group had been created “to assess and, as appropriate, reduce any threats to national security and safety of flight.”

The move comes after the U.S. Director of National Intelligence in June 2021 gave to Congress a report about unidentified aerial phenomena,” or UAPs. Only one UAP case was identified as large deflating balloon in the report. 18 observers described unusual UAP flight patterns and behavior, which suggests advanced technology.

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That report was the result of interest after the Pentagon in April 2020 unclassified three videos of “unidentified aerial phenomena” or UAPs, not UFOs. The Defense Department in August established within the Navy, a “UAP Task Force.” Then, in December, Congress approved funding in the coronavirus relief bill for a report about unidentified aircraft in restricted airspace.

Hicks announced that, when the June report was published, the Defense Department would establish procedures to “synchronize collection reporting analysis and analysis on UAP problem set” and provide recommendations for military training and test ranges security.

The new group, which will succeed the Navy’s UAP Task Force, will be established by Ronald Moultrie, the undersecretary of defense for intelligence and security, the DoD said.

Luis Elizondo (the former director of Defense Department’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program) questioned whether this plan will benefit the public. The undersecretary’s office “has underplayed and tried to kill the UAP effort for years,” he tweeted.

The move was suggested by Gillibrand as an attempt to “circumvent” the U.S. Senate’s interest in the subject. 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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Source: USAToday.com


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