The US defense department announced it has established an unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) task force (UAPTF) that would be tasked with tracking and documenting UAP, or more commonly referred to as UFOs (unidentified flying object).
Deputy Secretary of Defense David L. Norquist approved the establishment of UAPTF on August 4. The US Navy, under the cognizance of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security, will lead the UAPTF.
Pentagon says it established the UAPTF to improve its understanding of, and gain insight into, the nature and origins of UAPs. The mission of the task force will be to detect, analyze and catalog UAPs that could potentially pose a threat to US national security.
The announcement comes after the US Navy released three widely-circulated videos that had been leaked to the public years before, confirming their authenticity. What is more, a US Senate committee in June this year requested Pentagon to compile a report on all UFO sightings. The report is to include UFO data collected by geospatial intelligence, signals intelligence, human intelligence, and measurement and signals intelligence.
“The department of defense and the military departments take any incursions by unauthorized aircraft into our training ranges or designated airspace very seriously and examine each report. This includes examinations of incursions that are initially reported as UAP when the observer cannot immediately identify what he or she is observing,” the Pentagon said announcing the establishment of the UAPTF.