The Pentagon’s once-covert UFO program is officially active again with the establishment of a task force that will investigate the sightings of unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs). The Pentagon says the task force’s mission is to “detect, analyze, and catalog UAPs that could potentially pose a threat to U.S. national security.” Earlier this year, the Navy officially released three notorious UFO videos.
The Department of Defense has approved the establishment of an Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) Task Force (UAPTF), a Pentagon spokesperson says. The task force will investigate the sightings of UAPs, also known as unidentified flying objects or UFOs.
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This is the first official government program affiliated with UFO research since a 2000s-era unit that analyzed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and other UAPs lost its funding in 2012, even though multiple sources confirmed with Popular Mechanics that the unit remained active in secrecy after its shuttering.
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In a statement provided to Popular Mechanics, the Pentagon says 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. David L. Norquist, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, approved the task force.
The DoD established the UAPTF to “improve its understanding of, and gain insight into, the nature and origins of UAPs,” Pentagon spokesperson Sue Gough says in the statement. “The mission of the task force is to detect, analyze, and catalog UAPs that could potentially pose a threat to U.S. national security.”
This tracks with the June Senate Committee Report in which the Senate authorized appropriations for fiscal year 2021 for the task force and
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