To assess the ‘threat’ to military aircraft, the Pentagon has established a new UFO-hunting agency.

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To assess the ‘threat’ to military aircraft, the Pentagon has established a new UFO-hunting agency.

A new US government initiative has been established to collect and analyze reports of military contact with UFOs, with the goal of addressing “national security challenges” posed by the intruders.

After the Pentagon’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) was decommissioned in 2012, it appeared as if the US military had given up trying to figure out who or what was behind the mysterious UAPs buzzing US warships.

The Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronisation (AOIMS) Group, a new organization, is expected to take over responsibility for UFO research.

Its goal will be to “coordinate” Washington’s efforts to “detect, identify, and attribute objects of interest in Special Use Airspace,” as well as “assess and mitigate any associated threats to flight safety and national security.”

“Any airborne object entering our [Special Use Airspace] poses safety of flight and operations security concerns, as well as national security challenges,” according to a press release from the US Department of Defense.

“The Department of Defense takes all reports of incursions — by any airborne object, identified or unidentified — very seriously and investigates them all.”

The Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, the Director of the Joint Staff, and officials from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence will oversee the AOIMS Group.

“The presence of unidentified aerial phenomena… poses a potential flight safety risk to air crews and raises potential national security concerns,” Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks said in a separate statement.

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The new group will take the place of the United States Navy’s Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force, which issued a report on its findings in June of this year.

The task force had been unable to definitively identify any of the 150 or so aerial phenomena it had investigated, with the exception of one object, which turned out to be a balloon.

“From a safety of flight issue,” a government spokesperson said, “we absolutely do believe that what we are seeing are not simply sensor artefacts.”

These are things that exist in the physical world.”

“Of the 144 reports that we are dealing with here, we have no clear indications that there is any non-terrestrial explanation for them,” they said.

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