More questions than answers inside the intelligence’s UFO report released to Congress

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The US intelligence community on Friday released to the Congress a nine-page report about , a series of mysterious flying objects that have been seen moving through restricted military airspace over the last several decades. It’s the first time when the US government has publicly acknowledged that these strange aerial sightings by Navy pilots and others are worthy of legitimate scrutiny. Investigators found no evidence that the sightings represented either extraterrestrial life or a major technological advancement by a foreign adversary like Russia or China. “We were able to identify one reported UAP with high confidence. In that case, we identified the object as a large, deflating balloon. The others remain unexplained,” the report says.

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144 cases were examined. Most were recorded by US Navy pilots. Investigators were however convinced that the majority of the sightings were “physical objects.” Investigators were particularly stymied by a limited number of incidents where UFOs reportedly appeared to exhibit “unusual flight characteristics,” according to the report. It does conclude that these objects “clearly pose a safety of flight issue and may pose a challenge to US national security. The report also found that the sightings were “clustered” around US training and testing grounds. After all, a memo from Deputy Secretary Kathleen Hicks instructed the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security to create a formal mission for the work currently done by the UAP Task Force.