Unpacking X-Files: Pentagon Watchdog Set to Probe DoD’s Handling of UFOs

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Last year, the Pentagon launched a special task force “to detect, analyse, and catalogue” Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) that “could potentially pose a threat to US national security”.

The Pentagon’s Office of the Inspector General (IG) has launched a formal evaluation into the US Department of Defence (DoD)’s actions related to UFOs, also referred to as Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) or Anomalous Aerial Vehicles (AAVs).

In a memorandum released on Monday, Randolph Stone, assistant inspector general for Evaluations on Space, Intelligence, Engineering and Oversight, said that the evaluation is due to kick off in May 2021 and that the goal is “to determine the extent to which the DoD has taken actions regarding” UAPs.

Stone also pointed out that the evaluation would be performed “at the Offices of the Secretary of Defence, Military Services, Combatant Commands, Combat Support Agencies, Defence Agencies, and the Military Criminal Investigative Organisations”.

The Pentagon has not commented on the matter yet, but Politico quoted Christopher Mellon, former deputy assistant secretary of defence for intelligence, as calling an IG probe a positive step to prod the American military to take UAP-related issues more seriously.

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