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A highly anticipated UAP report from the Pentagon doesn't talk about life beyond here on Earth - it tackles human behavior and the current cultural climate instead.

The Department of Defense, together with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, has released its preliminary assessment on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP). In the ten-page unclassified document, the Pentagon examined some 144 incidents between November 2004 and March 2021. The incidents contained reports from military pilots reportedly encountering something unfathomable.

In these 144 recorded incidents, only one in the entire $22 million endeavors was the proponents of the report able to exactly determine "with high confidence" what the military pilot saw: a large, deflating balloon. All other cases remain unexplained.

However, the one clarified case suggests that most of the other incidents, if not all, can probably be explained by any other terrestrial reasons such as airborne debris, flight vehicles from the US or other countries, and even natural phenomena like ice crystals high up in the sky.

The limited amount of high-quality reporting on unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) hampers our ability to draw firm conclusions about the nature or intent of UAP," proponents of the report noted.

A Still from the FLIR1 UAP Footage
(Photo: United States Navy via Wikimedia Commons)
FLIR1 is one of three US military videos of unidentified aerial phenomenon (UAP) that has been through the official declassification review process of the United States government and approved for public release. It is the only official footage captured by a US navy F/A-18 Super Hornet present at the 2004 Nimitz incident off the coast of San Diego.

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How Sensory Limitations, Sociocultural Stigmas Hamper UAP Investigations

The authors of the Pentagon preliminary assessment noted how "sociocultural stigmas and sensor limitations remain obstacles to collecting data on UAP." They add, however, that other cases remain unsolved because technical challenges hamper the investigation. Among the problems identified in the report include the narratives from the pilots themselves, with military analysts describing "disparagement associated with observing UAP." Observers tend to keep their experiences to themselves because of possible risks to their reputation, despite the stigma about public discussion of UAP supposedly lessened by engagements from senior members of scientific and military communities.

Additionally, while the report does not conclusively state that the UAP reported sightings are caused by extraterrestrial matters, online portal Wired suggests the report to be a major victory for people pushing for better transparency from the government regarding strange lights and objects flying in the sky.

"No question, this is the story of the millennium," comments Jim Semivan, former CIA officer and co-founder of To the Stars Academy of Arts and Sciences, in the Wired report. "This is going to reorder our consensus reality."

To The Stars is a Las Vegas-based company that aims to explain mysterious phenomena, UAP included. Aside from Semivan, co-founders of the company include engineer and parapsychologist Harold Puthoff and Blink 182 guitarist Tom DeLonge.

The Fruit of the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program

The Pentagon UFO report is seen as the culmination of the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, a secretive program discovered and exposed in a 2017 article in The New York Times. Supposedly set up back in 2007; the Defense Department said it was shut down in 2012, during which the government ended funding although the program remained active.

It was originally funded at the request of former Nevada Senator Harry Reid, with a sizable part of the fund going to an aerospace research company run by Robert Bigelow, billionaire businessman and a longtime friend of the Democrat senator.

Last year, the Department of Defense also officially released three videos showing Navy pilots having encounters with UAP between 2004 and 2015. The videos contain footage captured by Navy pilots where strange round objects quickly move through the airspace.

 

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