Science | January 16, 2022 2:05 pm

The Pentagon Is Getting a New Office Dedicated to UFO Investigations

It's getting a mixed reception so far

Could it be a UFO in flight?
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At a time when partisan divides in Washington, D.C. seem to loom large over the nation’s politics, there’s at least one area where politicians from rival parties can find agreement — and it involves UFOs. As part of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022, which became law at the end of last year, a new office was created within the Pentagon to look into reports of unidentified flying objects.

Admittedly, the reasons cited had to do more with national security and less to do with the possibility that aliens are messing with us. “The United States needs a coordinated effort to take control and understand whether these aerial phenomena belong to a foreign government or something else altogether,” Senator Kirsten Gillibrand told NBC News.

As NBC News noted in their report on the office, this will be the first time in many years that the government will be officially tasked with exploring UFO activity. Whether or not that’s a good thing depends on who you ask.

Why? Well, there’s something of a history of distrust between UFO enthusiasts and government agencies. Ron James of the Mutual UFO Network addressed this in an interview with NBC. “This is a subject with a provable history of secrecy, and anything that lacks a new openness about the information is subject to more, possibly inappropriate control,” James said.

Will the truth be out there? We might know more in the coming years — or they might be characterized by heightened levels of secrecy.