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UFO Sightings Aren’t for ‘Kooks’ Anymore, Lawmaker Says

  • First congressional hearing on the topic since the 1960s
  • Intelligence officials stress incidents’ risk to personnel
Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security Ronald Moultrie 

Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security Ronald Moultrie 

Photographer: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

The Pentagon wants to remove any shame in reporting “unidentified aerial phenomena” because what the public knows as UFOs could represent national security threats such as enemy drones or dangerous debris, two senior intelligence officials said.

“Our goal is to eliminate this stigma by fully incorporating our operators and mission personnel into a standardized data-gathering process,” Ronald Moultrie, the under secretary of defense for intelligence and security, told US lawmakers Tuesday at the first congressional hearing into unidentified flying objects since the 1960s.