The assessment is that most of them are misinterpretations of conventional events, for example flocks of birds or drones, military systems in a secret American experiment and the greatest fear is of superior technology developed by a foreign power
Translation: Avi Blizovsky
After months of anticipation, US intelligence experts have released a memo describing 18 incidents since 2004 in which unidentified flying objects – or Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP), to use the Pentagon's term – appeared to demonstrate breakthrough technologies.
The nine-page, unclassified version of the report Does not describe the events in detail, and does not attribute them to aliens but points out that they are not related to existing American military technologies.
The purpose of the report, produced by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in response to a congressional demand, is to assess the potential threat posed by the unusual aerial phenomena reported by American military pilots over the years that are literally unidentified (flying) objects.
Intelligence experts said they did not have enough data to form firm conclusions about the nature of 143 of the 144 UFO reports filed between 2004 and March 2021. The only case they said they could solve with "high confidence" was attributed to a large, neutralized balloon.
Their conclusion was that observations of unidentified aerial phenomena should receive more attention.
A risk to the aviation industry
"Unidentified aerial phenomena pose a danger to flight safety and may pose a wider danger in the case of sophisticated collection technologies of a foreign government or a demonstration of breakthrough aerospace technology by a potential adversary," the report states. The experts said that "currently they lack data" to indicate whether one of the unusual incidents actually poses such a threat.
Senator Marco Rubio, who pushed for the publication of the report, welcomed the publication and agreed with its conclusions.
"For years, the men and women we rely on to protect our country have reported encounters with highly capable unidentified aircraft, and for years their concerns have been ignored and sometimes mocked Soon," he said in a statement. "This report is an important first step in cataloging these events, but only a first step."
Rubio said the Defense Department and the US intelligence community "have a lot of work to do before we can understand whether these air threats are a serious national security concern."
The Pentagon has been involved in UFO research for decades Starting with the famous Roswell incident in 1947.
For decades, such incidents have been interpreted as a misinterpretation of atmospheric or astronomical phenomena, or sometimes as mistaken observations of aerial operations for military purposes. But UFO reports have been taken more seriously in recent years, thanks to the work of a quiet Pentagon task force established in 2017.
The disclosure of the task force, and a series of unusual videos taken by Navy planes, prompted Rubio and other lawmakers to request an official report from the Ministry of Intelligence.
misinterpretation of routine events
The report said most of the anomalies reported likely represent actual physical objects and not just glitches, given that 80 of the 144 anomalies cited in the report appeared on multiple sensors.
"There are apparently many types of unidentified aerial phenomena that require different explanations based on the variety of appearances and behaviors described in the report," the report states. The basic types can be broken down into "air clutter" such as flocks of birds, drones; debris that fell from space; natural atmospheric phenomena; Development programs administered by the US government or commercial industries; systems of rival powers; And a catch bin for "other" phenomena.
The report describes 18 incidents, described in 21 reports, in which observers reported unusual traffic patterns or unusual flight characteristics.
"It appears that some of the unidentified aerial phenomena remain stationary despite strong winds, move against the wind, maneuver suddenly or move at considerable speed, with no apparent means of propulsion," the report states. "In a small number of cases, military aircraft systems have picked up radio signals associated with sightings of unidentified aerial phenomena."
These cases will be detailed in further analysis, the report states.
According to the report, the Pentagon's task force will take steps to expand its database of unidentified aerial phenomena, including anomalies reported to civil authorities. To deal with a larger database, the task force plans to utilize data analytics capabilities, including artificial intelligence tools such as machine learning, to more effectively identify and classify reports of unidentified aerial phenomena.
The report states that the task force "indicated that additional funding for research and development may advance the future research of the issues presented in this report."
Ahead of the report's publication, US government officials were cautious about whether all reports of unidentified aerial phenomena could be attributed to foreign technology. "We don't have clear indications that they have a non-terrestrial explanation — but we'll go where the data takes us," an anonymous source told NBC News.
Now that the public version of the report has been released, Michael W. Hall, director and founder of a UFO research group based in Seattle known as UFO i Team, said the result did not meet his expectations.
"They limit the coverage of their reports," Hall said. "All the other testimonies of civilians are thrown out the window, and of course the pilots won't say much."
He didn't expect the new report to attribute any of the events to aliens, but he expected them to open up and say alien explanations couldn't be ruled out. "That didn't even happen either," he said.
In response to the publication of the report, Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks published memo urging Pentagon officials to "develop a plan to consolidate the mission" currently being carried out by the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force.
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