U.S. government has found no evidence that the unidentified flying objects observed by Navy pilots are alien spacecraft, but intelligence officials said that they are still unable to explain the strange moving phenomena.
The news regarding the sightings is included in an intelligence report set to be released to Congress by June 25.
Officials briefed on the report told The New York Times that intelligence determined that the over 120 incidents that have been observed in the past two decades did not come from U.S. military or American technology. The determination appears to eliminate the possibility that Navy pilots witnessed secret government projects.
Though they ruled out potential sources from the U.S., the official acknowledged in their report that the phenomena that has been observed is hard to explain.
One senior official told the Times that there was concern that China or Russia could be experimenting with hypersonic technology.
The Times noted that both Russia and China have invested heavily in hypersonic technology, and if these phenomena are indeed attributable to them, it would suggest that their military technology has vastly surpassed that of the U.S.
The anticipated report was commissioned by a provision in the coronavirus relief package that former President Trump signed last year. The report will likely include new information on how the government plans to investigate UFO sightings and who is responsible for analyzing any data that is gathered.
Former President Obama also recently made remarks on UFOs during an interview last month with late show host James Corden.
"The truth is that when I came into office, I asked. I was like, 'Alright, is there a lab somewhere where we're keeping the alien specimens and spaceship?' " Obama told Corden. "And they did a little bit of research, and the answer was no."
However, when asked if he had a theory on UFOs, Obama said, "When it comes to aliens, there's some things that I just can't tell you on-air."