The U.S. government on Friday released a landmark report, mandated by Congress, examining "unidentified aerial phenomena" witnessed by U.S. military personnel over recent years.
Driving the news: The report issued by the intelligence community and the Department of Defense found no evidence that the unidentified flying objects are of extraterrestrial origin, but could not definitively determine what the military personnel saw.
- The report examined hundreds of incidents over the past two decades, but offered very few explanations for the observed phenomena.
- "The limited amount of high-quality reporting on unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) hampers our ability to draw firm conclusions about the nature or intent of UAP."
- It did, however, determine that the unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) were not the result of advanced U.S. government technology.
What they're saying: "In a limited number of incidents, UAP reportedly appeared to exhibit unusual flight characteristics. These observations could be the result of sensor errors, spoofing, or observer misperception and require additional rigorous analysis."
- "Limited data and inconsistency in reporting are key challenges to evaluating UAP. No standardized reporting mechanism existed until the Navy established one in March 2019."
The report includes the work of a Navy-led task force established by the Pentagon in August 2020 to investigate the unexplained encounters.
- It included examinations on videos, primarily captured by Navy pilots, showing close encounters with UAP. The videos were verified and released to the public by the Defense Department, reigniting the country's enduring obsession with UFOs and aliens.
- Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) was influential in commissioning the report, pushing the Senate Intelligence Committee to pass legislation requiring the Pentagon and intelligence community to provide a public analysis of the encounters.
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