Much-Anticipated Pentagon UFO Report Concludes: We Don't Have A Clue Either


Ben Taub


Ben Taub

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Benjamin holds a Master's degree in anthropology from University College London and has worked in the fields of neuroscience research and mental health treatment.

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The much-anticipated UFO report from the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence has finally been published. The report states that all but one of the 144 UFO sightings reported by military personnel over the past 17 years remain unexplained. In admitting this lack of solid intelligence, the Pentagon refuses to rule out a possible extra-terrestrial origin for some of these objects, but stresses that there is no evidence to confirm that this is the case either.

The report was initially requested by Congress in response to numerous accounts of unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) over a number of years. The Pentagon established the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF) in August 2020 with the objective of determining the nature and origin of these myriad sightings.


“The UAPTF concentrated its review on reports that occurred between 2004 and 2021,” explain the authors of the document, before going on to state that the majority of cases came in the last two years thanks to the implementation of a standardized reporting protocol by the US Navy.

However, after analyzing the available data for each of the 144 sightings during this period, the task force concluded that “the limited amount of high-quality reporting on unidentified aerial phenomena hampers our ability to draw firm conclusions about the nature or intent of UAP.” In other words, they simply can’t explain the majority of these cases.

Only one incident reported during this timeframe could be clarified “with high confidence”, and was confirmed by the UAPTF to be “a large, deflating balloon.” While the remaining 143 cases remain something of a mystery, the report authors speculate that “if and when individual UAP incidents are resolved they will fall into one of five potential explanatory categories.”

These categories are then listed as “airborne clutter, natural atmospheric phenomena, USG [US government] or U.S. industry developmental programs, foreign adversary systems, and a catchall “other” bin.”


Providing more detail on some of the reported encounters, the report explains that there are 11 “documented instances in which pilots reported near misses with a UAP”, while a further 18 incidents involved “unusual UAP movement patterns or flight characteristics.”

For instance, “some UAP appeared to remain stationary in winds aloft, move against the wind, maneuver abruptly, or move at considerable speed, without discernable means of propulsion.” The Pentagon says it is now conducting further analyses in order to determine whether the objects described in these reports demonstrated breakthrough technologies, developed either by another nation or visitors from another world.

Regardless of the nature of these objects, the report concludes that UAP pose a flight safety risk by cluttering the airspace, while the possibility of foreign adversaries operating such breakthrough technologies could also represent a threat to US national security.

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