Watch live: Pentagon officials testify to UFOs in rare House hearing

Washington – Congress holds its first public hearing on unidentified flying objects (UFOs) in more than half a century on Tuesday, with top Pentagon officials detailing the US military’s efforts to identify dozens of things reported by military pilots.

Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security Ronald Moultrie and Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence Scott Bray will testify Tuesday before a House subcommittee on how the Department of Defense regulates reporting of Unidentified Weather Phenomena (UAP) — the military term for UFOs — after a congressional mandate A report released last year It found that most of the incidents analyzed were still unidentified.

Rep. Andre Carson, an Indiana Democrat and chair of the House Intelligence Subcommittee on Counterintelligence, Counterterrorism, and Counterproliferation, opened the session by saying that emerging work programs “present a potential national security threat, and should be treated in this way.”

“For too long, the stigma associated with UAPs has been in the way of good intelligence analysis. Pilots avoided reporting or were ridiculed when they did. DoD officials took the issue into the back room or brought it under the rug completely, for fear of the skeptical national security community,” he said. Carson. “Today, we know better. UAPs are unexplained, that’s right. But they are real. They need to be investigated. And any threats they pose need to be mitigated.”

The report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and the Pentagon’s UAP task force found no evidence to suggest the objects are extraterrestrial or from an alien adversary—but the report also couldn’t explain most of the objects.

The investigators were able to identify one of the 144 reports analyzed in their study of an unidentified object “a large deflated balloon”. But the other 143 UAP reports from 2004 to 2021 are still vague.

The report found that there was no doubt that the unknowns were real things, whatever they were, because at least 80 of the 144 incidents were detected by multiple sensors. “It is clear that the UAP poses an aviation safety problem and may pose a challenge to the national security of the United States,” the report found.

Bray showed lawmakers a video of one UAP seen by a Navy pilot in 2021, a “spherical object” “passing rapidly from the cockpit of an aircraft.”

“I don’t have an explanation for what this specific thing is,” Bray said. He told lawmakers that reports of UAPs are “frequent and ongoing,” often occurring in military training areas and other designated airspace.

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Screenshot of an unknown weather phenomenon filmed by a US Navy pilot in 2021.

Ministry of Defense

The Pentagon has in recent years confirmed the credibility of several videos and photos that show things under investigation by the UAP task force. last year, The Ministry of Defense confirmed Three photos posted by MysteryWire and a video clip posted by the UFO film maker was taken by Navy personnel.

In 2020, . was released The Pentagon released three videos – FLIR, GOFAST, GIMBAL – Shows encounters with military pilots with unidentified objects. Fighter pilots who saw the body in a FLIR video from 2004 spoke to “60 minutes“Last year about their experience.

In November 2021, the Pentagon created the Airborne Object Identification and Management Orchestration Group (AOIMSG) to succeed the Navy’s UAP Task Force, with the goal of better coordinating incident reporting and investigation.

The last congressional public hearing on UFOs was held in the 1960s before the dissolution of Project Blue Book, a US Air Force program that investigated and analyzed reports of the presence of flying objects. The project ran from 1947 to 1969 and was partially dismantled because objects that posed no threat to national security were found, According to the Air Force Fact Sheet.