The Ministry of Defense forms a new group to examine the “threats” posed by unidentified flying objects

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Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks announced the formation of the Airborne Objective Management Synchronization Group on Tuesday. Hicks is pictured speaking during the 9/11 celebration party at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, on September 10, 2021.
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The Department of Defense (DoD) has announced the formation of a new group to counter any “threats” posed by an unexplained phenomenon known as Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs).

Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks announced that the Airborne Object Identification and Synchronization Group (AOIMSG) will be the successor to the Navy’s Unidentified Atmospheric Phenomena (UAP) Task Force in a memo released Tuesday.

Ministry of Defense release It states that the AOIMSG “will synchronize efforts across the department and the broader US government to detect, identify and attribute objects” of importance in restricted military airspace and “assess and mitigate any threats to aviation safety and national security.” Hicks wrote in it note One of the group’s goals would be to “standardize UAP reporting”.

Senior officials from the Department of Defense and the intelligence community will manage the AOIMSG. The project will be overseen by an Executive Board consisting of Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security Ronald Moultrie, Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Lt. Gen. Andrew Poppas and officials from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

The formation of the group comes about five months after the release of a much-anticipated report from the Navy’s UAP squad. The unclassified nine-page document was “able to identify a single UAP that was reported with high confidence” among the 144 views investigated. The identified object was considered a “large deflated balloon”, while the other 143 UAPs remained unidentified due to a lack of evidence.

The Report It included 80 viewings that “involved monitoring with multiple sensors” and “11 reports of documented cases in which pilots reported impending accidents using the UAP”. Despite popular speculation, the report did not reveal any evidence that these objects had an extraterrestrial origin. The investigators stated that most UAPs “probably represent physical objects” regardless of the potential for “observer misunderstanding”.

The new group can help address shortcomings in object identification. During “Our future in spaceEarlier this month, Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines told the Forum that the problems were partly due to the government not having a “consistent way of reporting” information and data about programs of action implemented.

Haines said that Congress The government was largely concerned that unnamed UAPs could pose ground-based threats to aircraft or national security, while acknowledging that concerns about potential extraterrestrial threats could not be completely ruled out despite a lack of evidence.

“The main issues that Congress and others have been concerned about are mainly safety concerns over aviation and counterintelligence issues,” Haines said. “Of course, there is always a question, is there something else we simply don’t understand that might come from extraterrestrials?”

NEWSWEEK I reached out to the Department of Defense for comment.

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