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What’s Behind the Pentagon’s New UFO Task Force – Aliens or Superpower Rivalry? – Nine News AU

The US Defence Department’s decision to set up a new UFO task force is less about aliens and more about superpower rivalry on Earth, according to a security expert.
Last week, the Pentagon announced it was creating the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF) to “detect, analyse and catalog UAPs that could potentially pose a threat to US national security”.

The news triggered a flurry of speculation about aliens in flying saucers.

But Malcolm Davis, senior analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, told Nine.com.au the new unit is more concerned about the threat of advanced technologies from nations seeking to challenge the US.

This Chinese military flying disc was shown at a top aviation show in the country last year. China has been linked to unidentified aircraft reports in the US. (Supplied)

WHAT PROMPTED THE PENTAGON MOVE

US military officials have long expressed concerns about the appearance of the unidentified aircraft that have flown over US military bases, posing a risk to military jets. There is no consensus on their origin with some believing they may be drones potentially operated by earthly adversaries seeking to gather intelligence rather than extraterrestrials.

“The US is clearly taking things seriously. They want to get a handle on this thing,” Dr Davis said.

WHAT COULD THE UNIDENTIFIED AIRCRAFT BE

“It could be a US black project the military is testing around Area 51 in Nevada. By making this new unit official, it would offer a way to bury the project in official secrecy,” he said.
The top secret Area 51 site in Nevada – a US Air Force installation linked to UFO research. Experts believe the new Pentagon UFO unit could be linked to top secret projects by the US military. (Getty)

But he said the US should be worried if the source of the unidentified aircraft is a rival power.

“It could be an advanced drone developed by China or Russia. If it is this type of technology, the US has real reason to be concerned.”

WHAT THREAT DO THE UNIDENTIFIED AIRCRAFT POSE

Short videos released by the US Defence Department of Navy fighter jets encountering UAPs revealed their lightning speed and manoeuvrability.

Footage appeared to show unidentified flying objects rapidly moving while recorded by infrared cameras. Two of the videos contain US Navy pilots reacting in awe at how quickly the objects are moving. One voice speculates that it could be a drone.

The speed of the objects appeared to be far greater than advanced US warplanes, and set alarm bells in the Pentagon.

UFO research report released
A still from footage taken by a US Navy warplane during an encounter with an unidentified flying object. (Supplied)

“These objects have been reported by credible figures including military pilots,” Dr Davis said.

“The US military were correct to take the threat seriously.”

ARE THEY LIKE FLYING SAUCERS

“The unknown aircraft appeared to be small in size, approximately the size of a suitcase, and silver in colour,” one Pentagon report describing an incident from March, 2014, said.

Dr Davis said the unidentified aircraft appeared to be capable of “non-aero dynamic” flight patterns.

– With CNN

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