Last week, in a major shift that demonstrates the U.S. national security establishment is taking UFOs seriously, the office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) delivered a report to Congress about Pentagon investigations into unidentified flying object sightings. This included reported sightings of strange flying objects with seemingly bizarre aerodynamic abilities spotted by pilots, on radar, and with infrared sensors.
As National Geographic (NG) reported:
…a Navy task force reviewed 144 sightings by U.S. government personnel that occurred between 2004 and 2021. No, the Pentagon doesn’t know what they are. There’s no evidence that the objects were sent by space aliens, but the report, mandated by Congress as part of the 2021 National Intelligence Authorization Act, confirms that the sightings remain “unidentified.”
The report doesn’t refer to UFOs though. The new moniker is Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon, or UAP. And, while the report provides some new information about the unexplained sightings, whatever they are now called, it still leaves many of the biggest questions unanswered.
The report, which includes a classified section available only to lawmakers, details the results of investigations by the Defense Department’s UAP Task Force, established in 2017. However, it left a great deal of uncertainty as to what these sightings are, leaving theories such as “foreign adversary systems” and what the report refers to as “a catchall ‘other’ bin” as possible answers.
NG noted that:
The report does state that the UAP Task Force was not able to attribute any of the sightings to American military or other advanced U.S. government technology. “Some UAP observations could be attributable to developments and classified programs by U.S. entities,” the report says. “We were unable to confirm, however, that these systems accounted for any of the UAP reports we collected.”
According to National Geographic:
The UAP Task Force considered conventional explanations for the sightings, such as natural atmospheric phenomena, misidentified civilian aircraft, and radar malfunction—but except for one report that they attributed to a deflating balloon, the investigators “currently lack sufficient information in our dataset to attribute incidents to specific explanations.”
…The most famous UAP encounters in modern aviation history—cases from 2004, 2014, and 2015 that involve pilot sightings, radar tracking, and objects caught on video—remain unsolved. ADN