- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The U.S. Navy is drafting new, updated guidelines to report sightings of “unidentified aircrafts,” in a move to assess the mysterious encounters reported by pilots and sailors and set the record straight on UFOs.

The update comes as reports of the sightings among sailors have increased. In a statement, the Navy acknowledged there have been enough encounters to warrant a need to record them “for safety reasons,” and said each report will be taken “very seriously.” The statement was first reported in Politico.

“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,” the Navy said.

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In 2012, the Pentagon closed its Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, the office which investigated UFO sighting reports. After calls from Congress in 2017, the military opened an office within the Defense Intelligence Agency to study the encounters.

As part of the new effort, the Navy said it is “updating and formalizing the process by which reports of any such suspected incursions can be made to the cognizant authorities. A new message to the fleet that will detail the steps for reporting is in draft.”

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