UFO task force announced at Department of Defense

Washington is stepping up efforts to probe possible alien activity after officials admitted they could not explain the phenomena of UFO sightings.

The Department of Defense is rolling out a new group tasked with finding and identifying UFOs in restricted airspace, officials said Tuesday.

The new outfit comes after the intelligence community verified a series of unexplained aerial phenomena sightings by the military earlier this year, but said it could not identify the mysterious vehicles, in a report to Congress detailing the government’s knowledge of UFOs.

The Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group will succeed the Navy’s Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force, an arm of the military started last year to “improve its understanding of, and gain insight into” UFOs, according to a press release.

“Incursions by any airborne object into our SUA pose safety of flight and operations security concerns, and may pose national security challenges,” the department wrote.

The role of the AOIMSG will be to “detect, identify and attribute objects of interests in Special Use Airspace, and to assess and mitigate any associated threats to safety of flight and national security.”
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“DOD takes reports of incursions – by any airborne object, identified or unidentified – very seriously, and investigates each one.”

Earlier this year, officials confirmed they had investigated 144 UFO sightings reported by government sources since 2004, including unexplained vehicles that traveled at speeds of up to 43,000 miles per hour and changed direction on a dime.

Officials have investigated 144 UFO sightings since 2004.
Officials have investigated 144 UFO sightings since 2004.

Most of the incidents — such as the near daily sightings of UFOs harassing a warship near San Diego in 2017 — were not part of US programs that it meant to keep under wraps, according to the task force’s Congressional report.

While the report offered little extraterrestrial insight, it did recommend that the government improve the policies, training and tech needed to further investigate and understand unexplained aerial phenomena.