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During a congressional hearing on Tuesday, a Navy intelligence official told lawmakers that a database of UFO reports now includes about 400 cases, up from a previous report in 2021 of about 143. No evidence of aliens were found in the military’s report for 2021. Navy intelligence deputy director Scott W. Bray told lawmakers they haven’t found anything of extraterrestrial origin, despite the fact that they have observed strange incidents. According to Bray, the number of reported unidentified flying objects, or UAPs, has been increasing. Bray also said there are a number of reasons for the increase, including improved sensors, drones, and non-military unmanned aerial systems. Another cause cited was “aerial clutter” like Mylar balloons.

U.S. officials also confirmed there had previously been a task force called Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP). Before it was disbanded in 2012, there was a $12 million program designed to study UFOs. Since then, Ronald Moultrie’s office formed a new program called the Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group (AOIMSG). Senator Burchett said he has spoken to many pilots who have reported on these sightings and fears the multiple cover-ups over the years. In addition, there will be a report on materials recovered from a wreckage that both officials admitted to possessing. In the meantime, this is the public acknowledgement of UAPs and their existence.