According to the recent Senate committee reports, the American government’s search for UFOs is ongoing and is part of a program named the Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force (UAPTF) that runs under the U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence.
The agency seems to have assumed the responsibilities of another UFO-seeking Pentagon group that was supposedly disbanded in 2012. According to the July 23 report of The New York Times, the findings of UAPTF could be made public within the next 6 months.
The results of investigations done by the UAPTF are classified for now. However, a former consultant for the UFO program mentioned retrievals from “off-world vehicles not made on this earth,” during a briefing to Defense Department representatives in March. Despite this claim, any proof of alleged out of this world technology has yet to be produced.
The U.S. government officially referred UFOs as unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP), which means objects that can’t be easily explained. The government claimed that the primary goal of military agencies is to determine whether nor not these objects pose a threat to national security and not to find intelligent aliens.
The U.S. Air Force’s Project Blue Book and the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP) have concentrated on UFO appearances in the country from the 1950s to the 1980s. Meanwhile, the Pentagon’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) was formed in 2007 and reportedly ceased operation in 2012 when its financial support was withdrawn.
However, the Pentagon’s search for UFOs appears to continue after all. Representatives with the Department of Defense (DoD) recently confirmed that UFO-searching was still running in 2017 and goes on to this day under UAPTF, according to Times.
The Time says the shadowy UFO-investigating agency was revealed into the public view when the U.S. Senate intelligence committee addressed the UAPTF’s activities in June, in their Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021. The bill of the committee looks to regulate the UFO-related information’s tracking, organization, and accessibility. It would include the release of a public report (submitted in an unclassified form) within 180 days of the enactment of the bill.
The committee members wrote in the bill that the committee understands the possible sensitivity of the relevant intelligence; nevertheless, it finds that the information sharing and coordination across the intelligence community has been inconsistent.