Pentagon UFO report latest – Senator Marco Rubio says release is just the 'first step' after 'aerial threats ignored'

SENATOR Marco Rubio says Pentagon UFO report release is just the "first step" after "aerial threats" were "ignored."

The Preliminary Assessment: Unidentified Aerial Phenomena was released today from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Members of the House Intelligence Committee received a quiet sneak peak of the bombshell report explaining that while the existence of alien life is questionable, any UFOs pose a major threat to national security.

The unidentified objects could be espionage assets used by adversaries of the US, which means the abundant phenomenons in the sky prove alarming for how up to date the country is on foreign espionage tactics.

US intelligence experts have produced a UFO dossier on what the government knows about unidentified aerial phenomena, examining whether decades of orb sightings constitute a national security threat.

Read our UFO live blog here for the latest news and updates…

  • Julia Fields

    SENSORS 'NOT SUITED' TO DETECT UAPS

    "The sensors mounted on U.S. military platforms are typically designed to fulfill specific missions. As a result, those sensors are not generally suited for identifying UAP."

    This limits the data collection for this kind of report.

  • Julia Fields

    UAPS CLUSTER AROUND TRAINING AND TESTING GROUNDS

    "UAP sightings also tended to cluster around U.S. training and testing grounds, but we assess that this may result from a collection bias as a result
    of focused attention, greater numbers of latest-generation sensors operating in those areas, unit expectations, and guidance to report anomalies."

  • Julia Fields

    'REPUTATIONAL RISK' TO REPORTING UAPS

    "Narratives from aviators in the operational community and analysts from the military and IC describe disparagement associated with observing UAP, reporting it, or attempting to discuss it with colleagues."

    "Although the effects of these stigmas have lessened as senior members of the scientific, policy, military, and intelligence communities engage on the topic seriously in public, reputational risk may keep many observers silent, complicating scientific pursuit of the topic.

  • Julia Fields

    'SITGMAS' AFFECT UAP REPORTING

    "Sociocultural stigmas and sensor limitations remain obstacles to collecting data on UAP."

    The report shows that aviators are "disparaged" when sharing tales of UAP with coworkers.

  • Julia Fields

    REPORTING 'LARGELY INCONCLUSIVE'

    "Limited data and inconsistency in reporting are key challenges to evaluating UAP."

    Air Force technology remains "limited" to USG reporting.

  • Julia Fields

    UAP COULD POSE 'CHALLENGE TO NATIONAL SECURITY'

    "UAP clearly pose a safety of flight issue and may pose a challenge to U.S. national security."

    The primary concern with UAP is that they will threaten national security, especially with aviators.

  • Julia Fields

    EXPLANATION FOR UNUSUAL FLIGHT CHARACTERISTICS

    "UAP reportedly appeared to exhibit unusual flight characteristics. These observations could be the result of sensor errors, spoofing, or observer misperception and require additional rigorous analysis."

  • Julia Fields

    'NO EVIDENCE OF EXTRATERRESTRIAL LIFE'

    "Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force finds 144 reports of UAPs originated from USG sources, with 80 involving observation with multiple sensors, no evidence of extraterrestrial life or technology."

  • Julia Fields

    'PRELIMINARY ASSESMENT'

    The document released today about UFOs has been named a Preliminary Assessment: Unidentified Aerial Phenomena and released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence

  • Julia Fields

    PENTAGON UFO REPORT RELEASED TODAY

  • Katie Balevic

    WHEN WAS THE PENTAGON'S TASK FORCE INITIATED?

    Lawmakers on the Intelligence Committee last year voted to set up the UAP Task Force. In December, they set a 180-day deadline to produce a report on the strange phenomena caught on camera by US servicemen.

    We are now just days away from the release of this potentially sensational report, with leaks already suggesting it will not rule out a potential extraterrestrial origin.

    China has set up a similar UAP task force, planning to use artificial intelligence to track the mysterious objects hurtling through the skies.

  • Katie Balevic

    AMERICANS DEBATE UFO THEORIES

    US intelligence services officially closed the book on the phenomena in 1969 at the conclusion Project Blue Book – which stated there was nothing to see regarding UFOs.

    However, in the last three years, there has been an abrupt turnaround as the Pentagon took the unprecedented step of confirming three stunning UFO videos filmed by the US Navy.

    Competing theories on the strange videos continue to rage – with some grounded on Earth claiming the videos capture never-before-seen military aircraft or drones, while others claim it shows otherworldly craft possibly piloted by aliens.

    Others however are more skeptical and sometimes even dismissive, claiming the bizarre videos may just be camera tricks, natural phenomena, or even outright hoaxes.

  • Katie Balevic

    UFO SIGHTINGS DATE BACK TO 1950

    Former Pentagon official Lue Elizondo said the military has been seeing mysterious "tic-tac" UFOs since 1950, possibly even earlier.

    Elizondo said senior military personnel and scientists have spotted UFOs over US military facilities on multiple occasions.

    "The US government has finally admitted that this is not some sore of secret US technology," he said. "But now, there is some wiggle room to say, 'Well maybe it is some foreign adversarial technology.'"

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    EXPERT SAYS CLASSIFIED ANNEX HAS CHINA INFO

     Dr David Clarke, curator for the National Archives of UFO projects, believes the annex may also be classified as it could include information on top-secret aircraft that could reveal new Chinese, Russian and US technology.

    In an interview with Daily Star, he said: "That would be information about military technology of the type we've been talking about, about the things that the Americans have built.

    “They are flying around and they don't want us to know about it and what they know about the Russian and Chinese technology.

    "And of course, anything that's top secret."

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    ARE UFOS INTERFERING WITH NUCLEAR WEAPONS?

    Luis Elizondo, who headed up the secretive Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP), said UAP appear to be taking an intense interest in man's nuclear weapons, nuclear power stations and nuclear-powered warships.

    Mr Elizondo, a former intelligence officer, was speaking at an event hosted by the Washington Post as anticipation mounts over an upcoming UFO report set for release in the US.

    And he said one of the main concerns is the link between whatever is appearing in the sky and nukes – with some of the most high profile encounters involving the US's nuclear powered aircraft carriers, such as USS Nimitz.

    "That is one of the concerns we have from a national security perspective, that there does seem to be some sort of congruency or some sort of intersection between these UAP or UFO sightings and our nuclear technology with nuclear propulsion, nuclear power generation, or nuclear weapons systems," he said.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    UFO ENTHUSIASTS AWAIT REPORT

    Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) – a coalition of 600 civilian ET hunters across the US – is eagerly awaiting the file which has been reported to leave the door open for an alien origin for the encounters.

    MUFON executive director David McDonald, 74, a former pilot, said: " hope they [the Pentagon] come clean with this report.

    "I always thought there would be disclosure [about UFOs] but I didn't expect to see it in my lifetime."

    Debbie Ziegelmeyer, the MUFON chapter master for Missouri, told The Telegraph: "It’s very exciting. It means I'm not so crazy any more.

    "I think the Pentagon's opening a Pandora's box. It's going to spill, and it's going to spill big."

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    POTENTIAL UFO FOUND ON GOOGLE EARTH

    Google Earth images of a mysterious site in Lone Pine Unified School District in California appear to show an abandoned boat alongside a 340-foot teardrop-shaped crater.

    Baffled by their discovery, Twitter user CryptoSpawn claimed it could be a "landing indentation from a large craft".

    And a plane wreckage appears to be just under nine miles away from the site, prompting CryptoSpawn to ask: "Did someone get too close and get shot down?"

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    MARCO RUBIO COMMENTS ON UFO REPORT

    Republican Senator Marco Rubio warned that US officials should take UFOs entering the country's airspace seriously and "shouldn't laugh them off".

    He told CBS 60 Minutes that investigating aircraft from foreign powers or another civilization should be given more time and resources.

    Sen. Rubio said: “I want us to take it seriously and have a process to take it seriously.

    “I want us to have a process to analyze the data every time it comes in. That there be a place where this is cataloged and constantly analyzed until we get some answers.”

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    PENTAGON UFO REPORT DUE FOR RELEASE

    The legislation President Trump signed on December 27 said intelligence officials should submit their report within 180 days, which would fall in late June.

    However, the bombshell report could arrive as early as June 1.

    The report will be unclassified and is expected to contain everything the US Government knows about "Unidentified Aerial Phenomena."

    It will examine if UAPs constitute a threat to US airspace, Deadline reports.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    WHEN WAS UAP TASK FORCE SET UP?

    Lawmakers on the Intelligence Committee last year voted to set up the UAP Task Force – and in December gave them a 180-day deadline to produce a report on the strange phenomena caught on camera by US servicemen.

    We are now just days away from the release of this potentially sensational report, with leaks already suggesting it will not rule out a potential extraterrestrial origin.

    It is known that China have set a similar UAP task force to what has been seen in the US – planning to us artificial intelligence to track the mysterious objects hurtling through the skies.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    CHINA TO ADDRESS UFOS AT UN

    Luis Elizondo, who headed up the secretive Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP), said China may be attempting to take the lead amid a flurry of renewed interest in UFOs.

    Mr Elizondo spoke about his hopes for international cooperation on this issue – including with the US's traditional adversaries, Russia and China.

    It is known that China have set a similar UAP task force to what has been seen in the US – planning to us artificial intelligence to track the mysterious objects hurtling through the skies.

    Chinese military researchers are reported to have dubbed them "Unidentified Air Conditions" – UACs.

    And the former official said it is believed China may attempt to bring the conversation about UFOs to the United Nations.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    UFO THEORIES COMPETE FOR PROMINENCE

    US intelligence services officially closed the book on the phenomena in 1969 at the conclusion Project Blue Book – which stated there was nothing to see regarding UFOs.

    However, in the last three years there has been an abrupt turnaround as the Pentagon took the unprecedented step of confirming three stunning UFO videos filmed by the US Navy.

    Competing theories on the strange videos continue to rage – with some grounded on Earth claiming the videos capture never-before-seen military aircraft or drones, while others claim it shows otherworldly craft possibly piloted by aliens.

    Others however are more skeptical and sometimes even dismissive, claiming the bizarre videos may just be camera tricks, natural phenomena or even outright hoaxes.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    UK HAS NO ROLE IN AMERICAN UAP TASK FORCE

    Defence minister Baroness Goldie earlier this month insisted the UK "does not have a role" in the US's so-called UAP Task Force, which was set up by the US Senate.

    She added that the department "would be unable to provide any comments on the report ahead of its official release".

    Despite the MoD insistence however it does not investigate UFOs, there are some suspicions it continues to do so quietly and alongside the US.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    FORMER DEFENCE MINISTER COMMENTS ON UFOS

    Tobias Ellwood – regarded as a hero for his actions during the Westminster terror attack in 2017 – shrugged off suggestions of alien origin for the strange encounters.

    But the former defence minister said the threat of advanced drones from states like Russia and China – and also non state actors such as terrorist groups – must be further investigated.

    He described the pace of technological change at the moment as "phenomenal" with increasingly advanced – and potentially hypersonic – aerial drones along with unmanned submersibles.

    "Clearly there are an awful lot of sightings which are unexplained and it cannot just be dismissed as imagination or exaggeration," the Conservative MP for Bournemouth East told The Sun Online.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    SIGHTINGS OF UFOS SINCE THE 50'S

    Former Pentagon official Lue Elizondo said the military has been seeing mysterious "tic-tac" UFOs since 1950, possibly even earlier.

    Elizondo said senior military personnel and scientists have spotted UFOs over US military facilities on multiple occasions.

    "The US government has finally admitted that this is not some sore of secret US technology," he said. "But now, there is some wiggle room to say, 'Well maybe it is some foreign adversarial technology.'"

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