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Nearly 200 recent UFO sightings in US remain unexplained, Pentagon says


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The US military received greater than 500 reports about UFOs as of August 2022, of which over 170 newly reported sightings over the past two years remain “uncharacterized and unattributed”.

The Pentagon’s 2022 report on unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP), more commonly referred to as UFOs, was published by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) on Thursday.

The report was compiled by ODNI’s National Intelligence Manager for Aviation and the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO).

It catalogued information from many American agencies, including the Federal Aviation Administration, Nasa, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Department of Energy.

The document includes about 510 reports of UAPs gathered across all of the above agencies, of which 366 were newly identified since AARO’s creation last yr.

Nearly half of the newly identified 366 UAPs were found to either be drones or “balloon-like entities”, or simply airborne “clutter” of either birds or plastic shopping bags.

But about 171 of the reported sightings remain “uncharacterized and unattributed,” in keeping with the report.

“Along with the 144 UAP reports covered throughout the 17 years of UAP reporting included within the ODNI preliminary assessment, there have been 247 latest reports and one other 119 that were either since discovered or reported after the preliminary assessment’s time period. This totals 510 UAP reports as of 30 August 2022,” the report noted.

“A few of these uncharacterized UAP appear to have demonstrated unusual flight characteristics or performance capabilities, and require further evaluation,” it said.

UFO sightings have increased significantly within the last two years.

The report highlighted safety risks to aviation posed by these UAPs specifically as a result of increasing use of drones.

UAPs “proceed to represent a hazard to flight safety and pose a possible adversary collection threat”, while several reports “lack enough detailed data to enable attribution of UAP with high certainty”, in keeping with the Pentagon.

“UAP events proceed to occur in restricted or sensitive airspace, highlighting possible concerns for safety of flight or adversary collection activity,” the report added.

ODNI noted that it will proceed “to evaluate that this may increasingly result from a group bias as a result of the variety of lively aircraft and sensors, combined with focused attention and guidance to report anomalies”.

“The security of our service personnel, our bases and installations, and the protection of US operations security on land, within the skies, seas, and space are paramount,” Pentagon press secretary Pat Ryder said in a press release on Thursday.

“We take reports of incursions into our designated space, land, sea, or airspaces seriously and examine each,” he added.

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