Earlier this year, the Pentagon released three videos showing unidentified flying objects – yes, UFOs – discovered by military aircraft near the US coast. Although they are officially called “Unmanned Aerial Systems” (UAS), which essentially means translated DronesThe message is clear: nobody knows what they are or where they come from.
This week, two unnamed US Department of Defense officials told CNN that the Pentagon was organizing a task force to investigate the mystery (and other similar sightings). So far we only know that Assistant Secretary of Defense David Norquist will be one of its leaders, and the Pentagon is due to officially unveil the new organization in the next few days.
Hazard reports for the three sightings indicated that two of the UAS were white and all of the drones were visually similar. One of the reasons it is so important to investigate is because the random appearance of an unpredictable aircraft poses a threat to US military personnel.
“I think it may only be a matter of time before one of our F / A-18 planes collides in midair with an unidentified UAS,” an official said in the report.
Then of course there is the problem of national security; Of course, the Department of Defense wants to know if other countries are developing new surveillance technologies or even weapons that soar over US soil.
And after all, everyone wants to know if aliens have finally landed on Earth. This is a far cry from the government’s first attempt to find out. In 2007, the Pentagon launched its most recent classified program (which we know of) to investigate UFO activity, which ran through 2012. The details of their investigation are not yet known, but program director Luis Elizondo told CNN in 2017 that they “found a lot.”
“My personal belief is that there is very compelling evidence that we may not be alone,” he said.
As you wait for the Pentagon to debut its shiny new Task Force, enjoy yourself with 12 wild UFO stories from history.