• Undersecretary of defense hires new investigators • Report could scrutinise defense technology as ‘possible cover for alien life’
The Pentagon has launched a new unit to investigate UFO sightings in partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF), which in turn hired investigators to probe the phenomenon as part of its sonar education program.
Laurie Bier, the undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, hired a new team, which will investigate reports of objects flying over cities in the US east coast, which in turn will delve into whether a particular object was created or destroyed by an alien species. The program, the Federal Inter-Service, will work under the president’s directive on the new Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which aims to create technology specifically for the defense or human space exploration purposes.
The investigators will seek to prove whether aliens have visited Earth, according to documents from the executive office of the president. Once a report is made, investigators would look into the sighting as well as any possible enemy cover-up.
A statement from the spokesperson for the office of the president on 23 April said: “The Center for Intelligence Studies will evaluate any data submitted by the public regarding the existence or otherwise of past or present UFO (strange shaped object) activity. The Center will support scientists, academics, and aerospace researchers to identify potential locations, and conduct a research program with a focus on the areas of ‘past and present unexplained aerial phenomena’, and related phenomena like pollen, hydrocarbon emissions, biological and chemical anomalies, etc.
“In addition, the federal Inter-Service team will support efforts to document such data and submit it for advanced research and development of technology in support of future defence programs.
“The Department of Defense Office of New Initiatives has also been selected to develop, and manage these activities, and will be responsible for obtaining and evaluating documents received from the Center for Intelligence Studies on issues related to the unknown.”
The president’s order stated that the new program will have a budget of between $10m and $15m, and Bier was expected to pay the 10 members on her team. While at first, Bier hired contractors to investigate reports and inspect nearby munitions, the program began paying employees to attend workshops, study and write papers on the alleged subjects.
According to Politico, private entities have raised serious doubts about claims of alien abduction or visitation, including the Defense Science Board, the Military Science Council, and the department of defense. These groups rejected the report’s results, and voiced concerns that the job of researchers was to conduct genuine research.
The American Historical Association has also been in support of the Defense Science Board and Defense Science Institute, which are both part of the Pentagon, and repeatedly have denied the existence of UFOs.
The Defense Science Board stated that an extensive investigation was needed, stating: “The results of such an investigation would have to account for the general array of beliefs and behaviors propagated about UFOs and UFOs, along with the preferences and beliefs of those interested in UFOs and UFOs. The response is thus not just a request for evidence. It is a request for full explanation of our collective thoughts on UFOs and an assessment of the scientific evidence gathered so far.”
However, according to a June 1992 report from US News & World Report, it was in fact the Pentagon’s Defense Science Board that had conducted the first formal investigation of “UFOs” in 1962. The board concluded that the general population of the US had “overall low levels of familiarity with UFOs”, and that the “UFO mystery remains unresolved”.