ALL NEWS

Pentagon to launch task force to investigate UFO sightings

Aug 14, 2020, 6:10 AM
UFOs...
The Pentagon is forming a new task force to investigate UFOs that have been observed by US military aircraft, according to two defense officials. Credit: Defense Department

    (CNN) — The Pentagon is forming a new task force to investigate UFOs that have been observed by US military aircraft, according to two defense officials.

Deputy Secretary of Defense David Norquist will help oversee the task force, which is expected to be officially unveiled in the next few days, according to the officials. Previous efforts to look into what the Pentagon dubs unidentified aerial phenomena were led by the US Navy as many of the documented encounters involved their aircraft.

The Department of Defense did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Members of Congress and Pentagon officials have long expressed concerns about the appearance of the unidentified aircraft that have flown over US military bases, posing a risk to military jets. There is no consensus on their origin with some believing they may be drones potentially operated by earthly adversaries seeking to gather intelligence rather than extraterrestrials.

The Senate Intelligence Committee voted in June to have the Pentagon and intelligence community provide a public analysis of the encounters, following the official Pentagon release of three short videos showing US aircraft encountering these phenomena.

“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,” the chairman of that committee, Sen. Marco Rubio, told a local Miami news station, WFOR-TV in July.

“Frankly, if it’s something from outside this planet, that might actually be better than the fact that we’ve seen some sort of technological leap on behalf of the Chinese or the Russians or some other adversary,” he added.


OTHER EXTRATERRESTRIAL NEWS

What actually happened at Area 51?

What it was like hunting memes outside Area 51


The videos released by the Pentagon appear to show unidentified flying objects rapidly moving while recorded by infrared cameras. Two of the videos contain service members reacting in awe at how quickly the objects are moving. One voice speculates that it could be a drone.

President Donald Trump in April called the footage “a hell of a video” and told Reuters he wonders “if it’s real.”

In May CNN obtained “hazard reports” detailing encounters between US Navy aircraft and “unidentified aerial phenomena” from the Navy Safety Center.

“The unknown aircraft appeared to be small in size, approximately the size of a suitcase, and silver in color,” one report describing an incident from March 26, 2014, said.

The reports describe the observed phenomena as “Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)” — the Pentagon’s official terminology for drone aircraft.

The Navy videos were first released between December 2017 and March 2018 by To The Stars Academy of Arts & Sciences, a company co-founded by former Blink-182 musician Tom DeLonge that says it studies information about unidentified aerial phenomena.

The Pentagon had previously studied recordings of aerial encounters with unknown objects as part of a since-shuttered classified program that was launched at the behest of former Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada. That program was launched in 2007 and ended in 2012, according to the Pentagon, because they assessed that there were higher priorities that needed funding.

The former head of the program Luis Elizondo told CNN in 2017 that he personally believes “there is very compelling evidence that we may not be alone.”

The-CNN-Wire
™ & © 2020 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved.

Today’s Top Stories

All News

Ogden street sign...
Adam Small

Ogden Schools make strides in security efforts

The Ogden School District approved the funding this month to bolster school security.
7 hours ago
Former Vice President Mike Pence gestures during the "Politics and Eggs" breakfast gathering, Wedne...
HOLLY RAMER Associated Press

Pence tells GOP to stop lashing out at FBI over Trump search

But Pence, who is trying to stake out his own political path as he and Trump both consider 2024 presidential campaigns, also had a message for the GOP.
7 hours ago
Chalk the Block for Charity Utah...
Mark Jones

Chalk the Block charity event is set for later this month in Provo

With a theme of 'The Great Outdoors', the 11th annual Chalk the Block for Charity Utah is scheduled for Aug. 25-27 in Provo.
7 hours ago
temple renovations changes to salt lake temple...
Tad Walch, Deseret News

What the bishops knew: Church releases details, timeline about Arizona sex abuse case

A lengthy statement by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was issued Wednesday night, regarding an Associated Press story about a church abuse help line.
1 day ago
NWS predicts 'skier's delight' storm, but little impact on our snowpack, Utah's drought...
Mark Jones

Utah experiences another interesting day of weather

Utah experienced an interesting day of weather Wednesday. While Salt Lake City topped the 100-degree mark for the 23rd time this summer, southern Utah was facing more flash flooding.
1 day ago
five year old postal service truck...
Aimee Cobabe

Sandy Police are investigating the vandalism of six church buildings

Authorities in Sandy are looking for the individual or individuals responsible for the vandalism of six church buildings, belonging to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Pentagon to launch task force to investigate UFO sightings