The department will create a unified group to handle reports of UFOs, officially known as Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP), across military branches and other government agencies.

In June, the office of the director of national intelligence released its long-awaited report, which examined 144 cases of UAP sightings, only one of which was explained by investigators, although they said they found no evidence. that the sightings were either extraterrestrial. life or major technological advances of Russia or China.

The PSU issue has fueled years of internal struggles in Washington, including bureaucratic battles within the Pentagon and pressure from Congress, over how seriously to deal with reports.

But the release of the report was an indication that the US government was finally taking seriously what for so long had been seen as a marginal problem. The Navy led the UAP task force, but no other service made a similar effort to catalog and analyze UFO sightings. Most of the 144 sightings covered in the ODNI report were recorded by Navy pilots.

After the report was released, Hicks asked the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security to develop a plan to deal more seriously and in depth with UAP’s observations.

The new unified group, called the Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group (AOIMSG), will standardize the process for reporting UAP incidents, as well as “identifying and reducing gaps in operational detection and intelligence capabilities; collection and analysis of counterintelligence operations, intelligence and data; recommend policy, regulatory or statutory changes, if necessary; identify approaches to prevent or mitigate risks posed by airborne objects of interest; and other activities deemed necessary by the Director, “Assistant Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks wrote in a memo.

The newly created AOIMSG, headed by a director, will now take over the work of the Navy’s UAP working group as the Department of Defense works to better understand what lies behind UFO sightings and what threat they pose. could represent for national security. . The work of the AOIMSG will be overseen by an executive council.