'No explanation': Bizarre mystery at the centre of UFO report

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US National Intelligence agencies have released a highly-anticipated report on UFOs.

On Friday (local time), US Intelligence shared a review of 144 sightings of aircraft or other devices apparently flying at mysterious speeds or trajectories, unexplained by known technologies.

The report called these UAPs or “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena”.

“Most reports described UAP as objects that interrupted pre-planned training or other military activity,” the paper reads.

However, it added these observations are biased given the military has the equipment and ability to track them if sighted.

The image from video provided by the Department of Defense labelled Gimbal, from 2015, an unexplained object is seen at centre as it is tracked as it soars high along the clouds, traveling against the wind.
A UFO captured by US intelligence on video in 2015. Source: AAP

The paper also noted the UAPs had similar “shape, size, and, particularly, propulsion” and a “handful” displayed “advanced technology”.

“In 18 incidents, described in 21 reports, observers reported unusual UAP movement patterns or flight characteristics,” the paper reads.

“Some UAP appeared to remain stationary in winds aloft, move against the wind, manoeuvre abruptly, or move at considerable speed, without discernible means of propulsion. In a small number of cases, military aircraft systems processed radio frequency (RF) energy associated with UAP sightings.”

But while there were plenty of observations, there remains few answers as to what exactly the aircraft or objects were. There were five categories suggested including an instance referred to as “airborne clutter”, which was believed to be a large, deflating balloon.

Another suggested UAP example included crafts used by foreign adversaries including China and Russia.

Aerial view of a military building, The Pentagon, Washington DC, USA.
UFOs are of interest to The Pentagon, which views them as a potential threat to the US's national security. Source: Getty Images (file pic)

Intelligence concluded by stating there is a need for better data collection.

While it might seem like something which only intrigues science fiction fans or truthers, both Democrats and Republicans in the US are wary of UAPs or UFOs being potential threats.

The paper was delivered to House and Senate intelligence committees.

Congress last year required the creation of the report. While its lack of conclusions has already been made public, it still represents a milestone in the study of the issue.

US officials who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity said there were “no clear indications” that the sightings could be linked to alien life. There is also no definitive linkage of sightings to potentially unknown technology of an adversary like Russia or China.

“It’s clear that we need to improve our capacity to further analyse remaining UAP observations, even as we accept that there are some limits to our capacity to characterise and understand some of the observations that we have,” one official said.

Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks said the UAP report highlights the problem of flight hazards on or near military test and training ranges.

She ordered the Pentagon’s top intelligence and security official to establish a more formal means of coordinating the collection, reporting and analysis of UAP information. This body also would make recommendations on securing military test and training ranges.

“It is critical that the United States maintain operations security and safety at DoD ranges,” she wrote in a memo released yesterday.

“To this end, it is equally critical that all US military aircrews or government personnel report whenever aircraft or other devices interfere with military training. This includes the observation and reporting of UAPs.”

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