The Navy is putting together new guidelines for its personnel to report "unidentified aircraft," Politico is reporting.
The move is an attempt by the Navy to create a formal process to collect and analyze unexplained sightings, according to Politico. It is in response to reported sightings of unknown, highly advanced aircraft in the area of Navy strike groups and military facilities.
"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 in a statement. "For safety and security concerns, the Navy and the (Air Force) takes these reports very seriously and investigates each and every report."
"As part of this effort, the Navy 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."
Politico noted the Navy is not endorsing any idea its personnel have encountered alien spacecraft; however, the Navy wants sightings of strange aircraft officially recorded and studied.
"Right now, we have situation in which UFOs (unidentified flying objects) and UAPs (unexplained aerial phenomena) are treated as anomalies to be ignored rather than anomalies to be explored," said Chris Mellon, a former Pentagon intelligence official.
Fox News said the military has been criticized in the past for not paying enough attention to sightings of unidentified aircraft.
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