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The Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security Ronald Moultrie said Tuesday that U.S. soldiers have encountered UFOs and that his department is collecting data for analysis.
Moultrie made these statements before a House Intelligence subcommittee at a hearing on UFOs, the first session on the subject to be held by the U.S. Congress in more than 50 years.
During the hearing, several legislators emphasized that the reason for this session is to break down stigmas on the subject so that the military will inform their superiors when they encounter a phenomenon of this type.
Moultrie stressed that in fiscal year 2022 (which began last October) the Department of Defense has created an office to oversee the collection, processing and analysis of any encounter with UFOs or phenomena of this type that are not always objects.
For his part, the deputy director of U.S. Naval Intelligence, Scott Bray, recalled an official report published in June stating that a total of 144 unidentified phenomena had been detected between 2004 and 2021, and added that this figure has risen to 400.
Bray explained that the reason for this increase is due to the fact that soldiers have begun to report more of these types of phenomena, thanks to the work being done to end the stigma; the increase of systems such as drones in U.S. airspace; and the improvement of sensors and radars to detect them.
Bray noted that such phenomena are likely to fall into categories such as radar interference, natural atmospheric phenomena, U.S. government or industry development programs, or foreign adversary systems.