Three US senators were reportedly briefed by the Pentagon Wednesday about recent reports of UFO sightings by Navy pilots.
The revelation comes in the wake of President Trump stating that he had also been briefed on the ‘unidentified aerial phenomenon’ encounters but that he didn’t believe it.
One of the senators briefed was Mark Warner (D-Va.), the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, whose spokesperson said: ‘If naval pilots are running into unexplained interference in the air, that’s a safety concern Senator Warner believes we need to get to the bottom of,’ Politico reported.
One of the senators briefed was Mark Warner (D-Va.), the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, whose spokesperson said: ‘If naval pilots are running into unexplained interference in the air, that’s a safety concern Senator Warner believes we need to get to the bottom of’
The briefing were delivered by the Navy and included staff from the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, it was also reported.
It is understood that such briefings have been on the rise since it was revealed that the Pentagon’s secretive Aerospace Threat Identification Program continues to investigate reported sightings of alien spacecrafts.
Meanwhile, several US pilots told the New York Times that they saw UFO’s while training over the East Coast between 2014 and 2015.
The pilots reported that while flying at heights of more than 30,000 feet over the Atlantic, they routinely witnessed ‘strange objects’ flying at hyper-sonic speeds while performing flight maneuvers beyond the capabilities of any human technology and ‘beyond the physical limits of a human crew.’
Members of Congress and their staffers of the Armed Service and Defense Appropriations committees have also been briefed, with more briefings expected to follow, it was reported.
Just days ago, Trump, while discussing the UFO reports with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, said ‘Do I believe it? Not particularly.’
Stephanopoulos pressed the president on a recent rise in US Navy pilots reporting unidentified aircraft, asking what Trump made of it.
‘I think it’s probably — I want them to think whatever they think. They do say, and I’ve seen, and I’ve read, and I’ve heard. And I did have one very brief meeting on it. But people are saying they’re seeing UFOs. Do I believe it? Not particular,’ Trump said.
Trump told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos (right) that he has been briefed on UFO sightings, but is not particularly convinced that they are real
An image from footage shot by the Navy that shows an encounter between US fighter jets and ‘anomalous aerial vehicles’ flying at 25,000 feet
Asked if he thought he would know if extraterrestrial life had been confirmed, president replied, ‘Well, I think my great pilots would know. Our great pilots would know.’
‘They see things a little bit different from the past. So we’re going to see. We’re watching, and you’ll be the first to know,’ he assured Stephanopolous.
It comes as Navy pilots increasingly report sighting anomalous aircraft that appear to defy the laws of physics, prompting the service to roll out new guidelines for reporting sightings last month – though none of the information will be made public.
A Navy spokesman told The Washington Post that the reporting on UFOs would fall under ‘privileged and classified information’ so that military aviation safety organizations can ‘preserve the free and honest prioritization and discussion of safety among aircrew.’
Between the summer of 2014 and March 2015 these unexplained objects were spotted almost every day over the skies off the U.S. East Coast
Amid claims it has ignored or covered up sightings in the past, it has now been forced to admit it does investigate what it calls ‘unexplained aerial phenomena’, and that it has just introduced a formal, albeit secret, procedure for military personnel to report what the rest of us know as UFOs
The new guidelines for reporting UFOs have come in response to unknown, advanced aircraft flying into or near Navy strike groups or other sensitive military facilities and formations, the Navy said.
The Navy made it easier for sailors to report UFO sightings amid fears that the mysterious unidentified flying objects could actually be ‘extremely advanced Russian aircraft.’
After years of dismissing UFOs, the new guidelines are being introduced in response of a series of unexplained sightings of unrecognized and ‘highly advanced’ aircraft encroaching on Navy facilities and strike force formations, the department says.
‘There have been a number of reports of unauthorized and/or unidentified aircraft entering various military-controlled ranges and designated air space in recent years,’ a spokesperson for the Navy said to Politico.
‘I did have one very brief meeting on it. But people are saying they’re seeing UFOs. Do I believe it? Not particular,’ Trump said
The statement continued: ‘For safety and security concerns, the Navy and the U.S. Air Force takes these reports very seriously and investigates each and every report’.
In recent years, there has been a need for a more formalized process of recording UFO sightings which greatly increased after World War II.
In 2017 the service said it had run a secret UFO office and spent $22 million over five years to study ‘anomalous aerospace’ threats.’
But for now, the data ‘remains strictly within classified channels,’ said Luis Elizondo, an intelligence officer who ran the Pentagon’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, which officially ended in 2012, according to The Post.
The Navy has pledged to update and reform their current policies for how reports of ‘suspected incursions’ are made to the correct authorities.
An Operations Specialist Seaman stands a lookout on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) in a file photo. The Navy has issued new guidelines for reporting UFO sightings
Former Pentagon official Luis Elizondo, who headed up the specialist department, revealed after his retirement that he thought the office was too nonchalant in their investigations of the unidentified aircraft.
‘If you are in a busy airport and see something you are supposed to say something,’ Elizondo told Politico. ‘With our own military members it is kind of the opposite: ‘If you do see something, don’t say something.’
He added that many of the specialist crafts sighted were said not to have flags on their tails – or any tail at all – asking, ‘What happens in five year if it turns out these are extremely advanced Russian aircraft?’
However, the Navy’s new policy does not mean they believe their sailors have actually encountered alien spacecraft, but rather they believe the reported sightings shouldn’t be instantly dismissed and are worthy of further investigation.