Defense Ministry officials confirmed on Tuesday that unidentified flying objects are real and pose a potential serious threat to the country.

However, they are not panicked by aliens who are invading America soon.

This is because military officials believe that almost all unexplained events can be explained by more research and observation. To do this, they need military members to be more open to communicating mysterious objects without fear of being ridiculed as conspiracy theorists.

“We are trying to explain what could be a natural phenomenon, or a sensory phenomenon, or legal threats from counterintelligence in places where we have [military] bases or platforms, “said Ronald Moultrie, Deputy Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, in a statement to the Intelligence Committee of the House of Representatives.

“Hopefully, if we get more information, we will start reducing the impact of some of these false reports.”

During the hearing – the first public UFO hearing in Congress in more than 50 years – military officials acknowledged that observations of “unidentified aerial phenomena” have jumped significantly over the past two decades.

Scott Bray, deputy director of naval intelligence, said the reports were “frequent and ongoing”, especially around military bases and training areas.

A defense intelligence report from last year detailed 144 UFO sightings between 2004 and 2020. Bray said there were 11 “near misses” by military aircraft from unknown sites.

Pentagon leaders are creating a new UAP-focused office “to make it easier to identify previously unknown or unidentified airspace in a methodically logical and standardized way,” Moultrie said.

Officials said most of these events probably have simple explanations – things like commercial drones and “air riots” – that cannot be proven due to a lack of data on the incidents.

In many cases, the reports come from pilots flying past high-speed objects, noticing something wrong for just a second or less. But Bray said at least some could pose significant threats, either from foreign opponents or from accidental clashes.

Less likely (although officials admit not to completely debunk) is the possibility of extraterrestrial life watching people from the sky above.

“We have no material, we have not found any broadcasts within the UAP Task Force that suggest that it is something extraterrestrial in origin,” Bray said.

Both lawmakers and defense witnesses said public hearings like Tuesday’s were important in reassuring conspiracy theories about the military hiding evidence of extraterrestrial life. Public discussions are also key to encouraging the collection of more information for observations so that there can be a rigorous scientific analysis of each incident, officials said.

Several members of the commission pressured defense officials for any additional evidence of alien encounters. They also acknowledged that the Pentagon’s explanations were unlikely to stop public speculation about possible alien encounters being disguised by military leaders.

In fact, after the public meeting, the commission held a closed, secret briefing, continuing the discussion on the topic, a move they acknowledged to be both problematic and necessary for the protection of sensitive military information.

Moultrie, who admitted to being a big fan of science fiction during his testimony, said the Department of Defense was open to any potential explanation for the UFO.

But instead of looking for answers in space, employees are looking wherever they can for better data.

“We are all curious and we are trying to understand the unknown,” Moultrie said. “And as a lifelong intelligence professional, I’m impatient. I want immediate explanations for this, just like everyone else.

“Understanding, however, can take considerable time and effort.”

Leo covers Congress, veterans’ issues and the White House wartime. It covers Washington, DC since 2004, focusing on policies for military personnel and veterans. His work has won numerous awards, including the 2009 Polk Award, the 2010 National Headliner Award, the IAVA Award for Leadership in Journalism, and the VFW News Media Award.

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