The Pentagon said more than two years ago that it had ended its secret UFO investigation program in 2012, but a new investigating body known as the “Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force” has been mentioned in a recent Senate report.
In a report first published by The New York Times on Wednesday, the Pentagon appears to be still collecting and reporting on “anomalous aerial vehicles.” In the section titled “Advanced Aerial Threats” in the Intelligence Authorization Act For Fiscal Year 2021, the committee mentions for the first time the “Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force,” which apparently resides at the Office of Naval Intelligence.
The purpose of the task force, which is not classified but deals with classified matters, is tasked with standardizing the collection and the reporting on sightings of unexplained aerial vehicles and share those findings with the public, according to The New York Times.
Acting Chairman of Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Sen. Marco Rubio told WFOR-TV in July that he wants naval intelligence to prepare a public report on UFOs. He said he was worried that adversaries may have made leaps in technology and may pose a new national security risk. In the interview, Rubio said he was concerned about unexplained aerial vehicles flying over military installations.
From 2007 to 2012, the Pentagon operated the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, which studied UFO encounters. The Defense Department said in 2017 that the program had stopped because other programs needed funding.
Read more on the Pentagon’s new UFO unit by The New York Times here.