For decades, humans have been fascinated by the possibility of the existence of UFOs and aliens. For that reason, American citizens have always been both curious and suspicious about what kind of information the Pentagon has about extraterrestrial life coming in contact with our planet.
For more than ten years, the Pentagon’s U.F.O. unit has kept all their information highly classified. Now, however, things are changing, and a new bill passed by the Senate will require the Pentagon to share the information it has with regards to other-worldly or unidentified vehicles.
The Advanced Aerospace Identification Programme
Eric W. Davis is an astrophysicist who worked as a subcontractor and then a consultant for the Advanced Aerospace Identification Programme. The program, which operated under the Defense Intelligence Agency, was reportedly disbanded in 2012.
The programme, as it turns out, was not actually disbanded, but has continued to operate within a different department under a different name.
The new program is called the Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force and operates under the Office of Naval Intelligence. It investigates unidentified aerial objects but has always kept all the information classified. Earlier this year, however, the Pentagon released videos of “unidentified aerial phenomena”.
The US Senate Intelligence Committee is now putting pressure on the Pentagon to reveal some of its findings every six months, despite the fact that officials in the Pentagon are currently not permitted to discuss the programme. This information will be shared in accordance with the 2021 intelligence authorization bill .
The Goals of the Programme
According to a Senate committee report, the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force is meant to “standardize collection and reporting” about sightings of unexplained aerial vehicles. It also must share at least some of its findings with the public no more than 180 days after the new bill is passed .
Many officials are hoping that the programme will seek evidence of vehicles from other worlds, but the main focus of the program is to determine if another nation, particularly a potential adversary, is using breakout aviation technology that could threaten the United States.
Senator Marco Rubio, who is the current chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, says that his primary concern is reports of unidentified aircraft over American military bases.
The senator believes that it is in the government’s interest to identify these aircraft, citing concerns that China or Russia may have made a technological leap that could give them an advantage. He says that some of the vehicles that have been seen flying over some military bases appear to exhibit technology that is beyond what we have in the US, and acknowledges that the explanation could be something completely mundane.
“Maybe there is a completely, sort of, boring explanation for it,” he said. “But we need to find out.” 
UFOs: Vehicles Not Made on Earth
Luis Elizondo, a former military intelligence official, was the former director of the Pentagon program, but resigned in October 2017. He says that the new program, which evolved from the previous advanced aerospace program, will now have a new transparency.
“It no longer has to hide in the shadows,” he said .
Elizondo, along with a small group of former government officials and scientists, is convinced that objects of unknown origin have crashed on earth. They have not, as of yet, presented any physical proof of this.
In some cases, earthly explanations have been found for some of these unexplained incidents, but many astrophysicists argue that even without a plausible terrestrial explanation, something extraterrestrial is still not the most likely the culprit.
Harry Reid, the former Senate majority leader, was one of the officials who pushed for funding of the original U.F.O. program, because he believed that objects of unknown origin may have crashed into earth and their materials should be studied.
“After looking into this, I came to the conclusion that there were reports — some were substantive, some not so substantive — that there were actual materials that the government and the private sector had in their possession,” he said .
There have been no artifacts from crashes that have been publicly produced for independent verification, however there have been some unusual metallic fragments that have been identified in laboratories as being man made.
In some cases, the source for some of these materials has not yet been determined, which is why Davis has concluded that “we couldn’t make [these materials] ourselves” .
Davis says that he has given classified briefings to both a Defence Department Agency as well as to staff members of the Senate Armed Services Committee and of the Senate Intelligence Committee regarding “off-world vehicles not made on this earth” and unexplained objects .
This Information Should be Made Public
Reid believes that more information should be made public in order to clarify what is known and what is not.
“I’m glad the Pentagon is finally releasing this footage, but it only scratches the surface of research and materials available,” he said. “The U.S. needs to take a serious, scientific look at this and any potential national security implications. The American people deserve to be informed.”