On Aug. 14, the Pentagon announced a new task force dedicated to investigating reports of unidentified flying objects (UFO), now being called Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP). A spokesman in April said UAP is the new term for UFO. He added that using the word “UFO” discourages pilots from reporting incidents for fear of being ridiculed.
The task force will be managed by the Department of the Navy, under the leadership of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security. It will be referred to as the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force or UAPTF, according to the Department of Defense (DOD) press release.
“The Department of Defense established the UAPTF to improve its understanding of, and gain insight into, the nature and origins of UAPs,” the Pentagon said. “The mission of the task force is to detect, analyze, and catalog UAPs that could potentially pose a threat to U.S. national security.”
UFO videos released by Navy
On its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) website, the Navy released videos of three UAP’s in April. The videos are titled “FLIR.mp4,” “GOFAST.wmv,” and “GIMBAL.wmv.”