The new Navy policy will ensure that all UFO sightings by sailors come under tight scrutiny instead of being underreported and feeding speculations of alien spaceships roaming Earth’ sky, Politico reported Tuesday. The sheer number of UFOs swarming around Navy strike groups and other military infrastructure (according to sailors) is what prompted the need for new reporting guidelines.
The Navy spokesman has not provided any details about the encounters but said that there have been “a number of reports of unauthorized and/or unidentified aircraft entering various military-controlled ranges and designated air space in recent years.”
He noted that the Navy never turns a blind eye on these sightings and “investigates each and every report” out of “safety and security concerns.” Now, the reports will be formalized.
“The Navy is updating and formalizing the process by which reports of any such suspected incursions can be made to the cognizant authorities,” he said. The guidelines, that are still in the works, will laid out a step-by-step procedure 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 lack of funds. The fact of the program’s mere existence was long kept under wraps and was brought to light only in 2017 after reports by Politico and the New York Times. Congressional and Pentagon records revealed that the military funneled some $22 million into the program that mostly went towards Bigelow Aerospace, a company owned by billionaire Robert Bigelow and a friend of then Senate majority leader Harry Reid.
At the time of the report, Luiz Elizondo, an official who was in charge of the “The Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program,” said that it was still running albeit without the generous funding.
The Navy spokesman said that interest in UFOs on the Capitol Hill has not only not faded, but, on the contrary, is on the rise with lawmakers requesting briefings on the issue.
“In response to requests for information from Congressional members and staff, Navy officials have provided a series of briefings by senior Naval Intelligence officials as well as aviators who reported hazards to aviation safety,” he told Politico, without identifying those who had attended the briefings.
Now defunct (or believed to be so), Pentagon’s UFO program has been criticized for squandering millions in taxpayer money in vain as it reportedly failed to uncover anything of substance. A government response to a Freedom of Information Act request in January revealed that in addition to UFOs, it also took up the research of interdimensional travel, wormholes and mind-controlled spaceships.
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