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The Pentagon Is Bolstering Its AI Systems—by Hacking Itself

A new “red team” will try to anticipate and thwart attacks on machine learning programs.

The Pentagon sees artificial intelligence as a way to outfox, outmaneuver, and dominate future adversaries. But the brittle nature of AI means that without due care, the technology could perhaps hand enemies a new way to attack.

The Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, created by the Pentagon to help the US military make use of AI, recently formed a unit to collect, vet, and distribute open source and industry machine learning models to groups across the Department of Defense. Part of that effort points to a key challenge with using AI for military ends. A machine learning “red team,” known as the Test and Evaluation Group, will probe pretrained models for weaknesses. Another cybersecurity team examines AI code and data for hidden vulnerabilities.

Machine learning, the technique behind modern AI, represents a fundamentally different, often more powerful, way to write computer code. Instead of writing rules for a machine to follow, machine learning generates its own rules by learning from data. The trouble is, this learning process, along with artifacts or errors in the training data, can cause AI models to behave in strange or unpredictable ways.

“For some applications, machine learning software is just a bajillion times better than traditional software,” says Gregory Allen, director of strategy and policy at the JAIC. But, he adds, machine learning “also breaks in different ways than traditional software.”

A machine learning algorithm trained to recognize certain vehicles in satellite images, for example, might also learn to associate the vehicle with a certain color of the surrounding scenery. An adversary could potentially fool the AI by changing the scenery around its vehicles. With access to the training data, the adversary also might be able to plant images, such as a particular symbol, that would confuse the algorithm.

Allen says the Pentagon follows strict rules concerning the reliability and security of the software it uses. He says the approach can be extended to AI and machine learning, and notes that the JAIC is working to update the DoD’s standards around software to include issues around machine learning.

AI is transforming the way some businesses operate because it can be an efficient and powerful way to automate tasks and processes. Instead of writing an algorithm to predict which products a customer will buy, for instance, a company can have an AI algorithm look at thousands or millions of previous sales and devise its own model for predicting who will buy what.

The US and other militaries see similar advantages, and are rushing to use AI to improve logistics, intelligence gathering, mission planning, and weapons technology. China’s growing technological capability has stoked a sense of urgency within the Pentagon about adopting AI. Allen says the DoD is moving “in a responsible way that prioritizes safety and reliability.”

Researchers are developing ever-more creative ways to hack, subvert, or break AI systems in the wild. In October 2020, researchers in Israel showed how carefully tweaked images can confuse the AI algorithms that let a Tesla interpret the road ahead. This kind of “adversarial attack” involves tweaking the input to a machine learning algorithm to find small changes that cause big errors.

Dawn Song, a professor at UC Berkeley who has conducted similar experiments on Tesla’s sensors and other AI systems, says attacks on machine learning algorithms are already an issue in areas such as fraud detection. Some companies offer tools to test the AI systems used in finance. “Naturally there is an attacker who wants to evade the system,” she says. “I think we’ll see more of these types of issues.”

A simple example of a machine learning attack involved Tay, Microsoft’s scandalous chatbot-gone wrong, which debuted in 2016. The bot used an algorithm that learned how to respond to new queries by examining previous conversations; Redditors quickly realized they could exploit this to get Tay to spew hateful messages.

Tom Goldstein, an associate professor at the University of Maryland who studies the brittleness of machine learning algorithms, says there are many ways to attack AI systems, including modifying the data an algorithm is fed in order to make it behave in a particular way. He says machine learning models differ from conventional software because gaining access to a model can allow an adversary to devise an attack, such as a misleading input, that cannot be defended against.

“We don’t really know how to solve all the vulnerabilities that AI has,” Goldstein says. “We don’t know how to make systems that are perfectly resistant to adversarial attacks.”

In the military context, where a well-resourced, technically advanced adversary is a given, it may be especially important to guard against all sorts of new lines of attack.

A recent report from Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology warns that “data poisoning” in AI may pose a serious threat to national security. This would involve infiltrating the process used to train an AI model, perhaps by having an agent volunteer to label images fed to an algorithm or by planting images on the web that are scraped and fed to an AI model.

The author of the report, Andrew Lohn, applauds the JAIC for creating a team dedicated to probing AI systems for vulnerabilities. He warns that it will be more difficult to secure the machine learning pipeline for AI models that come from the private sector, because it may not be clear how they are developed. It may also be challenging to identify data designed to poison an AI model because the modifications may not be obvious or visible to the human eye.

The Pentagon is, of course, likely to develop its own offensive capabilities to reverse engineer, poison, and subvert adversaries’ AI systems, Lohn says. For the moment, though, the focus is ensuring America’s military AI can’t be attacked. “We can have the offensive option,” he says. “But let’s just make sure it can’t be done against us.” Allen, the JAIC official, declined to comment on whether the US is developing offensive capabilities.

Many countries have developed national AI strategies to ensure their economies make the most of a powerful new technology. At the same time, big tech companies in the US and China especially are vying for advantage in commercializing and exporting the latest AI techniques.

Allen says having a technical edge in AI will also be a strategic advantage to nation states. The algorithms that keep the military supply chain going or feed into mission critical decisions will need to be protected.

“When you’re operating at mind-blowing scale, and you’re operating incredibly technologically complicated systems in situations that are often at life and death, you need some kind of deep technical excellence to ensure that your systems are going to perform as intended,” he says.

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The Pentagon Scrubs a Cloud Deal and Looks to Add More AI

The JEDI program had become a legal and political morass. Microsoft won the $ 10 billion contract, but Amazon and Oracle sued to block the deal.

Late in 2019, the Pentagon chose Microsoft for a $ 10 billion contract called JEDI that aimed to use the cloud to modernize US military computing infrastructure. Tuesday, the agency ripped up that deal. The Pentagon said it will start over with a new contract that will seek technology from both Amazon and Microsoft, and that offers better support to data-intensive projects, such as enhancing military decisionmaking with artificial intelligence.

The new contract will be called the Joint Warfighter Cloud Capability. It attempts to dodge a legal and political mess that had formed around JEDI. Microsoft competitors Amazon and Oracle both claimed in lawsuits that the award process had been skewed. In April, the Court of Federal Claims declined to dismiss Amazon’s suit alleging that bias against the company from President Trump and other officials had nudged the Pentagon to favor Microsoft, creating the potential for years of litigation.

The Pentagon announcement posted Tuesday didn’t mention JEDI’s legal troubles but said the US military’s technical needs had evolved since it first asked for bids on the original contract in 2018. JEDI included support for AI projects, but the Pentagon’s acting chief information officer, John Sherman, said in a statement that the department’s need for algorithm-heavy infrastructure had grown still further.

“Our landscape has advanced, and a new way ahead is warranted to achieve dominance in both traditional and nontraditional war-fighting domains,” Sherman said. He cited two recent AI-centric programs, suggesting that they would receive better support from the new contract and its two vendors.

One is called Joint All Domain Command and Control, which aims to link together data feeds from military systems across land, sea, air, and space so that algorithms can help commanders identify targets and choose among possible responses. In an Air Force exercise linked to the program last year, an airman used a VR headset and software from defense startup Anduril to order real air defenses to shoot down a mock cruise missile over White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

Sherman also suggested that JWCC would help a project announced last month to accelerate AI adoption across the Pentagon, including by creating special teams of data and AI experts for each of the agency’s 11 top military commands.

The Pentagon’s claim that it will better support advanced technology like AI projects shows President Biden’s Pentagon continuing an emphasis on the military potential of artificial intelligence that began during the Obama administration and continued under President Trump. Successive secretaries of defense have said tapping that potential will require better connections with tech industry firms, including cloud providers and startups. However, some AI experts fear more military AI could have unethical or deadly consequences, and some tech workers, including at Google, have protested Pentagon deals.

Andrew Hunter, director of the Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, says the Pentagon appears to have decided that because of its legal tangles, a reboot was the most efficient way to get the cloud computing resources the department has needed for some time.

Computing-dependent projects like the one seeking to link various military services and hardware are central to the Pentagon’s strategy to face up to China. “The potential of cloud computing is to be able to apply sophisticated analytical techniques such as AI on your data so you can act with greater knowledge than adversaries,” Sherman says.

JEDI was not the Pentagon’s only cloud computing contract, but the speed with which its successor can get up and running could still have a significant effect on the Pentagon’s cloud and AI dreams. Had all gone to plan, the initial two-year phase of JEDI was to have been completed in April. Hunter expects the department to try to finalize the contract quickly—but also to take care to avoid a repeat of the controversy around JEDI.

Tuesday’s announcement said that only Amazon and Microsoft meet the Department of Defense’s requirements, which include stringent security rules, but that it was open to adding new vendors if any proved capable enough.

The Pentagon declined to provide more details on the new JWCC contract, but the two companies it said will be invited to take part offered positive, albeit muted, support to the reset.

In a blog post, Toni Townes-Whitley, Microsoft’s president for US regulated industries, said the company understood the Pentagon’s decision to cancel JEDI and avoid potentially years of litigation. “The security of the United States is more important than any single contract,” she wrote. “The DOD has a critical unmet need to bring the power of cloud and AI to our men and women in uniform, modernizing technology infrastructure and platform services technology.”

An Amazon spokesperson said in a statement that the company is committed to supporting the US military with the best technology and prices and that the original contract “was the result of outside influence that has no place in government procurement.” Oracle declined to comment.

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Pentagon cancels $10bn cloud contract awarded to Microsoft

The Pentagon cancelled the highly-sensitive $ 10bn Jedi cloud computing contract that had been awarded to Microsoft, drawing a line under a contentious government bidding process that was marred by claims of interference from Donald Trump.

The US defence department said on Tuesday it was reversing its decision to hand over large parts of its data and communications to a single company and that it would start a new procurement process.

The decision could bring an end to the long-running legal dispute triggered by the decision in 2019 to award the so-called joint enterprise defence infrastructure contract solely to Microsoft.

Amazon has accused Trump, who was president at the time, of putting pressure on the Pentagon to award the contract to its rival because of his animus towards its founder Jeff Bezos.

John Sherman, the Pentagon’s acting chief information officer, said: “The department has determined that, due to evolving requirements, increased cloud conversancy, and industry advances, the Jedi Cloud contract no longer meets its needs.”

The department said it would instead seek proposals for a new cloud computing contract from both Microsoft and Amazon, though it said it would continue conducting market research to see if any other companies might also be able to fulfil its requirements.

Toni Townes-Whitley, Microsoft’s president for US regulated industries, said in a blog post: “We respect and accept [the] DoD’s decision to move forward on a different path to secure mission-critical technology.”

An Amazon Web Services spokesperson said: “We understand and agree with the DoD’s decision. Unfortunately, the contract award was not based on the merits of the proposals and instead was the result of outside influence that has no place in government procurement.”

The Jedi contract was supposed to be the centrepiece of the US military’s push to move much of its computing operations away from physical services and on to the cloud.

But the process was fraught with controversy and beset by delays. It was held up in 2019 when Oracle, one of the original bidders, appealed against the decision to place only Microsoft and Amazon on the shortlist.

It was then subject to a last-minute review by Mark Esper, the former defence secretary, after Trump complained that “great companies” had objected to the process.

When the Trump administration finally made the decision to award the contract to Microsoft, it prompted an immediate legal appeal from Amazon, which accused the administration of running a biased process.

Trump had frequently clashed with Bezos, often accusing The Washington Post, which Bezos owns, of attacking him unfairly.

Amazon lodged its appeal in 2019, but Microsoft said on Tuesday it had expected the legal process to drag on for another year.

Microsoft also called for reform of the system that allows for companies to protest government procurement decisions, accusing Amazon of “delay[ing], for years, critical technology upgrades for those who defend our nation”.

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UFO sightings: Pentagon can’t rule out alien ETs and neither should you, says investigator

Despite the buzz surrounding the report, this is not the first time the US has investigated the UFO phenomenon.

In 1969, the US Air Force compiled the infamous Project Blue Book – a list of nearly 13,000 sighings, including 700 that were deemed “unidentified”.

And there are, of course, those who were not as enthusiastic about the report or its findings.

Neil deGrasse Tyson, the famed astrophysicist and science communicator, has been very vocal about his distrust towards the Pentagon’s declassified UFO videos – and UFO sightings in general.

He publically decried the quality of most sightings, claiming blurry videos and fuzzy images are simply not enough to back and ET origin for some of these phenomena.

His stance towards UFO sightings contrasts his belief alien life probably does exist somewhere out there in our infinite universe – but it has certainly not visited our planet.

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GOP senator jams up Pentagon pick over Biden’s Navy plan

In a statement to POLITICO, Wicker blamed the White House and professional budgeteers for undercutting Navy plans to significantly expand the fleet that have the support of shipbuilding boosters on Capitol Hill.

“Congress provided the Navy the authority and direction to pursue a block buy of amphibious ships to save hundreds of millions in taxpayer dollars and help to stabilize the industrial base,” said Wicker, who did not mention the hold on Blume in his statement. “But the Biden Administration has chosen to ignore this direction and the advice of Navy and Marine Corps leaders in its recent budget and shipbuilding plans. The United States doesn’t need bureaucrats putting their ‘armchair opinions’ on warfighting above those of our men and women in uniform.”

Acting Navy chief acquisition executive Frederick Stefany recently suggested the four-ship contract might come in the fiscal 2023 budget submission, though that decision is contingent on the results of a new fleet assessment that will be conducted this summer and fall — in part by the same CAPE office that Blume has been tapped to lead.

Stefany told the Senate Armed Services Committee’s Seapower subpanel on June 9 that the Navy had reached a “handshake agreement” with shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries for the four-ship procurement to happen possibly by 2023.

“It’s not a done deal,” he said. “It’s going through the process within the department for a final decision.”

Wicker, whose state of Mississippi is home to Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula that builds Navy destroyers and amphibious ships, is an advocate for increasing the size of the Navy to at least 355 ships and warned that Biden’s budget proposal “doesn’t get us anywhere near back on the path to do that.”

The block buy would involve one America-class and three San Antonio-class amphibious ships.

The Mississippi Republican, like many defense hawks on Capitol Hill, has slammed the Biden administration’s $ 715 billion defense budget request as underfunding the military’s needs. He’s called out the Navy’s failure to fund a second destroyer and execute the block purchase of amphibious warships, which Pentagon officials have chalked up to tough budget calls.

Wicker needled Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on the flat budget at a Senate Armed Services hearing this month, blaming “bean counters” at the White House Office of Management and Budget for limiting Pentagon resources.

“While we appreciate the suggestion by OMB budget crunchers, it is our obligation to defend this nation, and this proposed budget does not do so,” Wicker said.

A Senate aide said Wicker wants the Pentagon to agree to follow through and agree to execute the package deal Congress authorized before the authority for the block purchase expires in the fall, but warned the potential savings would diminish over time if the deal is delayed. Once the Pentagon seals the deal, lawmakers will be able to allocate money to begin work on the new ships in annual defense policy and spending legislation.

The amphibious ship bundle has drawn bipartisan concerns in the Senate. Wicker and Virginia Democrat Tim Kaine sent a letter to Austin in May urging him to act immediately, extolling the budget savings and certainty to the shipbuilding industry the deal would provide. The pair warned that inaction “is causing uncertainty in the already-fragile industrial base.”

Blume was part of a raft of nominees approved by the Senate Armed Services Committee on June 10, but the full Senate must consider them before they can be confirmed. Included in the vote was nominee for Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall, whose nomination has also been placed on hold by several senators.

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) — Senate Armed Services Committee members — and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) slapped procedural holds on Kendall this month. Warren is looking to extract several ethics pledges from Kendall, who previously worked for Raytheon and sits on the board of directors of Leidos. He has also consulted for various defense companies. At the same time, Peters opposes the Air Force’s decision to pass over Michigan’s Selfridge Air National Guard Base as the location for a new international training center for the F-35 fighter.

Also awaiting a full Senate vote are Heidi Shyu for undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, Jill Hruby for administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration, Frank Rose for principal deputy administrator of the NNSA, Deborah Rosenblum for assistant secretary of defense for nuclear, chemical and biological defense, and Christopher Maier for assistant secretary of defense for special operations/low-intensity conflict.

The two holds come as the Biden administration slowly fills in political appointees across the government, and as the Pentagon works on a new National Defense Strategy and Nuclear Posture Review, both of which are expected to be released next year.

The hold on Blume also comes at a critical time as the military rushes to modernize and innovate with new technologies to stay ahead of Chinese and Russian advances in areas such as hypersonic missiles, electronic warfare and long-range precision weapons. Blume has been working as CAPE’s acting director since Jan. 20, and played a role in the fiscal 2022 defense budget request, the Biden administration’s first.

Blume had previously served in the Obama administration as deputy chief of staff for programs and plans in the office of the deputy secretary of defense, and was also director of the Center for a New American Security’s Defense Program until January.

Asked about the holdup, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said, “we are eager for the Senate to act on all our pending nominees. …This certainly would include Ms. Bloom, who is eminently qualified to direct the efforts of the Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation office. The Secretary looks forward to serving with her.”

Overall, the Navy sought to buy two amphibious ships in the fiscal 2022 budget request, a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship along with an America-class amphibious assault ship.

The CAPE office was directly involved in last year’s “Battle Force 2045” shipbuilding plan put together by then-Defense Secretary Mark Esper, and was central to building the Navy’s fiscal 2022 budget submission. The plan has found few friends on Capitol Hill because it cuts the number of ships the service planned to buy and punts on any long-range reassessment of the fleet until 2023 or after.

The push for more amphibious ships — which can transport Marines and aircraft including F-35s to hot spots quickly — and frustration with CAPE have become increasingly intertwined.

On June 14, Reps. Rob Wittman (R-Va.) and Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.) introduced legislation to withhold 50 percent of CAPE’s budget until the Navy executes a “bundle-buy contract” for the four amphibious ships.

Packaging the ships in one large contract would save $ 720 million, they contend. “The Navy still wants these ships and has signaled they will build them,” Wittman said in a statement, slamming “faceless political bureaucrats” for kicking the contracts down the road.

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NASA chief orders researchers to study UFOs amid Pentagon report – ‘We want to know’

Bill Nelson, who recently became NASA’s new administrator last month, said there was not yet any evidence that extraterrestrials have visited Earth but admitted it was too early to rule out the possibility. The US space agency’s research into the phenomena comes as the Pentagon prepares to make public a report detailing all known UFO investigations by the US military.

Speaking on the recent UFO encounter filmed by US Navy pilots, Mr Nelson told CNN: “We don’t know if it’s extraterrestrial. We don’t know if it’s an enemy. We don’t know if it’s an optical phenomenon.

“We don’t think [it’s an optical phenomenon] because of the characteristics that those Navy jet pilots described … And so the bottom line is, we want to know.”

NASA press secretary Jackie McGuinness told reporters that Mr Nelson had not established a formal task force to investigate UFOs.

However, she added that researchers could look into the topic as they see fit.

She said: “There’s not really a lot of data and … scientists should be free to follow these leads, and it shouldn’t be stigmatized.

“This is a really interesting phenomenon and Americans are clearly interested in it [so if] the scientists want to investigate, they should.”

Recent reports have suggested the Pentagon is concerned that the mysterious objects filmed during the recent US navy encounter could be Chinese or Russian “hypersonic” weapon experiments.

The experimental technology which can launch aircraft or missiles up to 4,000 miles per hour would perhaps explain how the mystery objects are able to move in ways that defy the laws of physics.

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The highly anticipated Pentagon report is set to be released by June 25.

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UFO report release date: When will the Pentagon reveal what it knows about UFOs?

The US Department of Defense (DoD) is due to declassify a number of UFO sightings reported by military personnel in recent years. UFO investigators and conspiracy theorists alike are hopeful the Pentagon report will shed light on many high-profile profile UFO sightings, including declassified videos of “strange craft” in US airspace.

The report’s imminent release date has sparked a renewed interest in the UFO phenomenon, with former presidents commenting on the affair.

Barack Obama has recently confirmed the existence of UFOs though he would not speculate on their supposed alien origin.

Speaking to James Corden on the Late Late Show, the former president said: “We can’t explain how they move, their trajectory. They did not have an easily explainable pattern.

“And so I think that people still take seriously, trying to investigate and figure out what that is.”

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When will the Pentagon publish the UFO report?

The Pentagon is expected to publish its report any day now after a six-month countdown was started in late December last year.

The countdown began when president Donald Trump signed a £1.62trillion ($ 2.3trillion) Covid relief and government funding bill.

A section of the bill concerning the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 mandated the DoD to declassify information collected on UFOs.

According to Nick Pope, a former UFO investigator with the British Ministry of Defence, the Director of National Intelligence is due to submit the report to the Senate Intelligence Committee by about June 25.

However, Mr Pope noted the report “could be sent earlier, though a delay is more likely”.

Mr Pope investigated UFO sightings for the British Government in the 1990s and has been closely following the Pentagon story.

He told Express.co.uk: “I’d rather a delay than a rushed report, as we need a thorough assessment of the various US Navy UFO encounters, and of the phenomenon more generally.

“This will inevitably take time, given the challenges of extracting information from the notoriously fragmented US intelligence community, in a situation where information is likely to be highly classified and compartmentalized.”

What is going to be inside the UFO report?

Although many might expect the US government to come clean about UFOs, chances are a lot of the report will be shrouded in mystery.

The DoD will likely withhold its most interesting findings out of national security reasons.

Mr Pope said: “Because the unclassified report can – and inevitably will – have a classified annexe, I’m sad to say that the media and the public may not learn any profound new truths about UFOs, whatever the US intelligence community privately concludes about the situation.

“There’s a lot of confusion and uncertainty about the upcoming report.”

The expert predicts the DoD will try to spin the narrative in favour of “next-generation aerospace and weapon threats, mainly from aircraft, missiles and drones” rather than alien phenomena.

He added: “In particular, I predict a strong focus on the dangers posed by drones, drone swarms, and AI-controlled drone swarms.”

A recently leaked UFO video, for instance, appears to show a swarm of 14 unidentified craft near the US combat ship USS Omaha.

Whatever the case may be, it’s unlikely the report is going to solve one of the biggest mysteries of all time: are we alone in the universe?

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UFOs 'exist' and 'cannot be ignored anymore' – expert ahead of bombshell Pentagon report

Leslie Kean, author and independent journalist, echoed Mr Drezner’s comments to USA Today.

She said: “There’s no question anymore that UFOs are real.”

Ms Kean added she’s open to connecting UFOs with extraterrestrial life, but she’s quick to distance herself from conspiracy theorists.

The people who have researched UFOs the most tend to be “agnostic about what they are,” she said.

She also hopes the growing interest in the topic will prompt study from scientists who may offer other explanations.

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UFO hunters division of Ministry of Defence could be revived after Pentagon report

The large portion of the Pentagon report, set to be declassified on June 1, has conspiracy theorists across the world sitting on the edge of their seats in anticipation, as the US military will finally lay bare their findings on all Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) – the official military term for UFOs. No government agency has been monitoring unidentified objects flying over the skies of Britain since the MoD’s UFO department was disbanded in 2009.
Speaking to the Telegraph about the potential findings of the US report, a defence source said: “I think that if there was enough evidence to suggest that there was something, and that we needed to do it as well as the US, then of course we’d think about it. We’d look at it.

“There’s all sorts of things that we wouldn’t rule out, and this would certainly be one of them.”

Hints of the department’s revival follow a former MoD insider’s belief that the Pentagon report will finally “give us some answers” on the phenomena.

Nick Pope, who investigated sightings for the Government in the 1990s said: “Whatever we are dealing with, there’s a realisation it’s a serious defence and national security issue.”

He added: “This report that’s going to Congress, is going to be a proper intelligence analysis of the phenomenon.

“There’s been some interesting leaks. Apparently, the idea that it’s aliens has not been discounted.”

Former US President Barack Obama recently told James Corden that the US has footage of UFOs which scientists and the military “can’t explain”.

Mr Obama said: “We don’t know exactly what they are.

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“As we collect additional data, we expect to close the gap between identified and unidentified and avoid strategic surprise regarding adversary technology.”

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UFO sighting: Leaked footage shows 14 'crafts' swarm US Navy boat ahead of Pentagon report

Newly-released UFO footage shows as many as 14 apparent ‘flying crafts’ swarm the US Navy’s USS Omaha off the coast of San Diego, California. The new 46-second clip was posted on Twitter by documentary-maker Jeremy Corbell, who said it was taken from the USS Omaha on July 15, 2019. The incident appears to verify a previous video also released by Mr Corbell of the same incident.
That video showed what appeared to be spherical objects hovering above the ocean before descending below the water.

On Thursday, Mr Corbell tweeted: “2019 – US Navy warships were swarmed by UFOs; here’s the RADAR footage that shows that.

“Filmed in the Combat Information Center of the USS Omaha / July 15th 2019.

“This is corroborative electro-optic data demonstrating a significant UFO event series in a warning area off San Diego.”

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In response to the footage, a Pentagon spokesperson told NBC: “I can confirm that the video you sent was taken by Navy personnel, and that the UAPTF included it in their ongoing examinations. I have no further information on it for you.”

In the released clip, a radar screen is shown with several objects moving around the Navy ship.

Some of the UFOs are recorded as flying as fast as 160mph.

At one point, an unidentified man is heard saying: “138 knots. Holy f***! They’re moving fast.”

In March, former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe admitted that American government had evidence of known craft that can break the sound barrier without a sonic boom and perform manoeuvres impossible with human technology.

Speaking after the release of the new video, Mr Corbell revealed that other mysterious incidents took place off the coast of San Diego across the same time period in July, 2019.

He told the website Mystery Wire: “On the other ships, they had different things that happened.

“So some were just like lights that did figure-eights and patterns and 90 degree turns. Others were like a different colour light, like red.”

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