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Tuesday, February 14, 2023

As Mystery Objects Get Shot Down, U.S. Sets Up New Task Force on UFOs

The United States government has established a new task force to study unidentified flying objects (UFOs) following the recent shooting down of three objects over American airspace. The team, created at the request of national security adviser Jake Sullivan, will comprise personnel from the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Pentagon, and other government agencies.

Executive Summary:

  • The US government has set up a new task force to study the implications of unidentified flying objects after three of them were shot down in recent days.
  • The task force will comprise elements of the Pentagon, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Department of Homeland Security, and other government agencies.
  • The group will look at the “broader policy implications” of the objects for detection, analysis, and disposition, and to assess potential security and safety risks.

The move comes in response to a series of mysterious incidents in which three objects were shot down by American military forces. The first was a large Chinese spy balloon that entered American airspace, followed by two unidentified flying objects in the United States and one in Canadian airspace. According to officials, all of the objects were flying at relatively low altitudes and posed a potential risk to commercial and other air traffic.

The new group will examine the potential security and safety risks posed by UFOs and will also consider the broader policy implications for detecting, analyzing, and disposing of these objects. "Every element of the government will redouble their efforts to understand and mitigate these events," said John Kirby, a spokesman for the National Security Council.

The Pentagon has described the objects as unmanned and cannot explain how they are powered, adding to the mystery surrounding them. Some U.S. officials initially described the downed objects as balloons, but military officials have refrained from categorizing them as such, suggesting that they could be some kind of object propelled by gas or a different kind of propulsion system.

The Pentagon established the All-Domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO) last summer to review reports of unidentified aerial phenomena. Of the 366 reports received, 171 "demonstrated unusual flight characteristics or performance capabilities, and require further analysis," according to a report by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, who led the push in Congress to establish AARO, has said she intends to hold a public hearing on the matter. The purpose of creating AARO, according to Gillibrand, is to ensure that service members are no longer stigmatized for reporting on unidentified aerial phenomena and to prevent retaliation.

The establishment of this new task force underscores the seriousness with which the U.S. government is approaching the issue of UFOs. While there is no indication of aliens or extraterrestrial activity, officials are taking a cautious and methodical approach to the study of unidentified aerial phenomena in the interests of national security and safety.

As more information becomes available, the public will undoubtedly be watching closely to see what conclusions the task force will draw about these enigmatic objects in our skies.


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