On Friday, Aug. 14, the U.S. Department of Defense announced that Undersecretary of Defense David Norquist approved the creation of an Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Working Group on August 4.
The Defense Department further detailed that the Navy will lead the government group under the “knowledge” of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security.
“The Department of Defense established the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF) to improve its understanding of and gain insight into, the nature and origins of UAPs. The mission of the task force is to detect, analyze, and catalog UAPs that could potentially pose a threat to U.S. national security,” the Pentagon said in a statement.
“As DOD has stated previously, the safety of our personnel and the security of our operations are of paramount concern. The Department of Defense and the military departments take any incursions by unauthorized aircraft into our training ranges or designated airspace very seriously and examine each report.”
According to the Pentagon, the record includes raids initially reported as UAP when the observer cannot immediately identify what is being observed.
As indicated by CNN, congressional lawmakers, and Pentagon officials, have, in the past, expressed concern about the emergence of unidentified aerial phenomena that have flown over U.S. military bases, putting military aircraft at risk.
Last June, the Senate Intelligence Committee voted for the intelligence community to provide a public analysis of the encounters, following the Pentagon’s official release of three short videos recording the encounter of U.S. aircraft with unidentified flying objects in flight.
“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,” said Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).
Rubio is pushing legislation that requires the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which oversees 17 intelligence agencies in the intelligence community, to work with the Pentagon and other relevant agencies. The legislation aimed at getting a detailed report on what the U.S. government knows about UFOs, including their origin, frequency, and any potential threat to U.S. national security.
According to the National Defense Authorization Act, the Pentagon, in conjunction with the intelligence community, is expected to issue the report within 180 days. It contains such items as “detailed analysis of unidentified aerial phenomena data and intelligence reporting collected or held by the Office of Naval Intelligence.”
The document should include data and intelligence reports held by the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Working Group”; a “detailed analysis” of UFO data collected by geospatial, signal, human and other intelligence; and a “detailed analysis” of data the FBI may have that “resulted from investigations of unidentified aerial phenomenon data intrusions into the restricted airspace of the United States,” says the bill, as reported by the Washington Examiner.
Intelligence analysis would also include “identification of possible aerospace or other threats posed by unidentified airborne phenomena to national security.”