Next week, a U.S. House subcommittee is holding a public hearing on UFOs

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Next week, a subcommittee of the US House Intelligence Committee will hear from two Pentagon officials about UFO sightings. The hearing follows the release last summer of a Pentagon report that was intended to contain “a detailed analysis of data and intelligence on unidentified aerial phenomena,” but was actually only nine pages in length. thing. In the hot seat for next week’s hearing – the first open session of Congress on the UFO “problem” since 1970 – are Ronald S. Moultrie, Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security, and Scott W Bray, Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence. From the New York Times:

“The federal government and the intelligence community have a critical role to play in contextualizing and analyzing the reports,” said Rep. Adam B. Schiff, the California Democrat who is chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. He said the purpose of the hearing was to illuminate “one of the great mysteries of our time and to break the cycle of excessive secrecy and speculation with truth and transparency”.

The report delivered to Congress last June was authored by the intelligence community with the Pentagon’s Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force, which the Pentagon replaced in November with a new office, the Synchronization Management and Intelligence Group. identification of airborne objects. The group’s job is to “detect, identify and assign objects of interest in special use airspace and to assess and mitigate any associated threats to flight safety and national security”.

Mr Moultrie oversees this new group, which will be the focus of upcoming hearings[…]

In recent years, intelligence reports and official statements have raised concerns about a threat to national security from UFOs through advanced technology suggested by reports from pilots of, for example, vehicles traveling at extreme speeds without visible means of propulsion.

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