The Pentagon in Washington DC. Photograph: Charles Dharapak/AP
The US government has confirmed that it has set up a body dedicated to investigating the UFO phenomenon.
Yesterday we reported that there had been rumors that the Pentagon was going to unveil a new UFO task force and sure enough, less than 24 hours later, this news has been officially confirmed.
Known as The Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF), the new body was set up by deputy defense secretary David Norquist to bolster existing efforts to investigate the phenomenon under the Office of Naval Intelligence.
An official statement by the Department of Defense reads:
"On Aug. 4, 2020, Deputy Secretary of Defense David L. Norquist approved the establishment of an Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) Task Force (UAPTF).
The Department of the Navy, under the cognizance of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security, will lead the UAPTF.
The Department of Defense established the UAPTF to improve its understanding of, and gain insight into, the nature and origins of UAPs. The mission of the task force is to detect, analyze and catalog UAPs that could potentially pose a threat to U.S. national security.
As DOD has stated previously, the safety of our personnel and the security of our operations are of paramount concern. The Department of Defense and the military departments take any incursions by unauthorized aircraft into our training ranges or designated airspace very seriously and examine each report. This includes examinations of incursions that are initially reported as UAP when the observer cannot immediately identify what he or she is observing."
The official formation of such a body is another step in the right direction and further serves to emphasize that the Pentagon seems to be taking the phenomenon very seriously.
It will certainly be interesting to see what, if anything, UAPTF actually finds.