The US Navy is setting new guidelines for reporting “unidentified aircraft” coming into US aerospace so no encounter with a UFO may be dismissed as irrelevant, a Navy spokesman instructed Politico.
The new Navy coverage will be sure that all UFO sightings by sailors come below tight scrutiny as an alternative of being underreported and feeding hypothesis of alien spaceships roaming the skies, Politico reported Tuesday. The sheer variety of UFOs swarming round Navy strike teams and different navy infrastructure (in accordance with sailors) is what prompted the necessity for new reporting guidelines.
The Navy spokesman has not supplied any particulars in regards to the encounters however said that there have been “a variety of reviews of unauthorized and/or unidentified plane coming into numerous military-controlled ranges and designated air area in latest years.”
He famous that the Navy by no means turns a blind eye to those sightings and “investigates each and every report” out of “safety and security concerns.” Now, the reviews will probably be formalized.
“The Navy is updating and formalizing the method by which reviews of any such suspected incursions may be made to the cognizant authorities,” he mentioned. The guidelines, that are nonetheless within the works, will lay out a step-by-step process of reporting the UFO or UAP, or “unexplained aerial phenomena.”
The Pentagon ran a secretive UFO-chasing program from 2007 to 2012, when it was formally shut down over a scarcity of funds. The program’s existence was lengthy saved below wraps and was brought to light solely in 2017 after reviews by Politico and the New York Times. Congressional and Pentagon information revealed that the navy funneled $22 million into this system that largely went in the direction of Bigelow Aerospace, an organization owned by billionaire Robert Bigelow and a pal of then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
At the time of the report, Luiz Elizondo, an official who was in command of the ‘The Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program’, mentioned that it was nonetheless operating, albeit with out the beneficiant funding.
The Navy spokesman mentioned that curiosity in UFOs on Capitol Hill has not solely not light, however is on the rise, with lawmakers requesting briefings on the difficulty.
“In response to requests for data from Congressional members and workers, Navy officers have supplied a sequence of briefings by senior Naval Intelligence officers in addition to aviators who reported hazards to aviation security,” he instructed Politico, with out figuring out those that had attended the briefings.
Now defunct (or believed to be so), the Pentagon’s UFO program has been criticized for squandering hundreds of thousands in taxpayer cash in useless because it reportedly did not uncover something of substance. A authorities response to a Freedom of Information Act request in January revealed that along with UFOs, it additionally took up analysis into interdimensional journey, wormholes, and mind-controlled spaceships.