Yesterday the House Permanent Select Committee held an open hearing with Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security Ronald Moultrie and Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence Scott Bray regarding the Navy’s Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force. While most of the mainstream press yawned at the non-classified portion of the hearing, SOFREP found some of the information shared by Director Bray of considerable interest.

First, the Navy and the military, in general, are working to destigmatize the reporting of UAPs by military personnel. The Navy now has a process in place for personnel to report in detail any contact with UAPs and procedures to preserve evidence in the form of photographic and sensor data to further understand these contacts. In the future, this reporting regime may be extended to civil aviation to expand the database of information. The Navy is leading these efforts primarily because their ships and planes most often have UAP encounters. This is due to the fact that Navy ships and planes use radar, sonar, and other sensors to detect objects on and below the sea and in the air. These sensors also gather electronic emissions from ships and planes as a matter of intelligence gathering. So when you have all these sensors on ships and planes, you are more likely to detect these UAPs. Since these measures were put in place, the Task Force has gathered some 400 contact reports of UAPs in various circumstances with the following.

So far, 11 near misses with UAPs have involved military aircraft.

Most of the contacts are brief events with little actionable data. The hope is that many points of data can reveal a larger picture over time.