pentagon said on tuesday That it would set up a new group to investigate reports of unidentified aerial phenomena, sometimes called UFOs, in restricted airspace.
big picture: The announcement comes after the widely anticipated report good Released in June, it found 143 views of unexplained objects.
- The report found no evidence that aliens were responsible for the sightings.
- According to the Defense Department announcement, the Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group will “detect, identify and characterize objects of interest” in restricted airspace.
the office was commissioned by Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks with help from the Director of National Intelligence.
- It would be made up of both intelligence agency members and military members.
What are they saying: “any airborne object in our [restricted airspace] Flight safety and operation may pose security concerns, and national security challenges. DoD takes reports of intrusions – by any airborne object, identified or unknown – very seriously, and investigates each one,” the announcement said.
What will happen next: The Pentagon said it would issue further guidance in the coming weeks about how the group would be organized and what the office would be responsible for.