The US Department of Defense said late Tuesday that it would create a new team to investigate reports of UFOs in restricted airspace.
The formation of the group occurs after the government released a report in Junecovering 144 observations, which spoke about the lack of data to determine the nature of mysterious flying objects.
The new group, the Air Targeting and Synchronization Group, will be overseen by the Deputy Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, the Director of the Joint Staff and officials from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks said in a separate statement that the presence of an unidentified aerial event (UAP) in restricted airspace poses a potential safety threat to crews and poses potential national security concerns.
According to the Pentagon, the new group, which will replace the US Navy’s Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force, will work to detect, identify and attribute objects, assess and mitigate any associated threats.
The US military has spent decades reflecting, refuting and discrediting sightings of unidentified flying objects and “flying saucers” dating back to the 1940s.