How UFO sightings went from joke to national security worry in Washington

May 25, 2021
In the meantime, ex-government officials have been saying some remarkable things, Michael S. Rosenwald reports for The Washington Post.

WASHINGTON - In 2007, Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid called his colleagues Ted Stevens and Daniel Inouye to a specially secured room in the Capitol where highly classified information was discussed, Michael S. Rosenwald reports for The Washington Post. Continue reading original article.

The Intelligent Aerospace take:

May 25, 2021 -"This used to be a career-ending kind of thing," said John Podesta, who generally kept his interest in UFOs to himself when he was President Bill Clinton’s chief of staff. "You didn’t want to get caught talking about it because you’d be accused of walking out of an ‘X-Files’ episode."

On Aug. 4, 2020, Deputy Secretary of Defense David L. Norquist approved the establishment of an Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) Task Force (UAPTF). The Department of the Navy, under the cognizance of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security, will lead the UAPTF.

The Department of Defense established the 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.

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. This includes examinations of incursions that are initially reported as UAP when the observer cannot immediately identify what he or she is observing.

As part of former President Donald Trump's spending and COVID relief package, the Senate Intelligence Committee included a provision for the director of national intelligence to produce an unclassified report on what the government knows about UFOs. That report is due next month.

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
Intelligent Aerospace

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