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Chris Mellon, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense for intelligence and a staffer on the Senate Intelligence Committee, was less laudatory.
"I don't believe in safety through ignorance," he said, scolding the intelligence community for its lack of "curiosity and courage" and "failure to react" to a strong pattern of sightings.
A recent uptick in sightings of unidentified flying objects — or, as the military calls them, “unexplained aerial phenomena” — prompted the U.S. Navy to draft formal procedures for pilots to document encounters, a corrective measure that former officials say is long overdue.
“Since 2014, these intrusions have been happening on a regular basis,” Joseph Gradisher, spokesman for the deputy chief of naval operations for information warfare, told the Washington Post on Wednesday. Recently, unidentified aircraft entered military-designated airspace as often as multiple times per month. “We want to get to the bottom of this. We need to determine who’s doing it, where it’s coming from, and what their intent is. We need to try to find ways to prevent it from happening again.”
Citing safety and security concerns, Gradisher vowed to "investigate each and every report."
Luis Elizondo, a former senior intelligence officer, told the Post that the new Navy guidelines formalized the reporting process, facilitating data-driven analysis while removing the stigma from talking about UFOs, calling it “the single greatest decision the Navy has made in decades.”
originally posted by: grey580
I wonder if they will let Naval Sonar operators talk about what they see.
originally posted by: makemap
a reply to: Specimen
Technically, yes US is suppose to join forces with China one day. Some groups are just preventing it from happening using their own agendas to takeover the world.
I suspect you're right about that!
originally posted by: Zcustosmorum
In essence this probably still doesn't change anything as most incidents deemed too 'out there' by the top brass will still probably get classified anyway, sorry to rain on your parade
I'm not saying you can trust everything he says, but I believed him when he said this is not a US experimental aircraft, but right after that he makes your point by asking "How did it accomplish these feats?":
originally posted by: KansasGirl
a reply to: 727Sky
Why in the world do you think that a life-long intelligence agencies man (Chris Mellon) can be trusted? I don't think it's wise to ever trust a word they say, even if it is what you want to hear.
The UFO, which was also captured on Navy radar video camera, was said to "defy the laws of physics" in its movements.
With a large version of the still image behind him on a screen, Mr Mellon told reporters: "Clearly this is not a US experimental aircraft, but whose is it?
"How did it accomplish these feats?"