Much like the U.S. Air Force’s infamous Area 51 — some say the CIA’s odd-sounding name shows the facility’s massive secrecy and high-level secret-keeping — the Pentagon’s official UFO investigation efforts are shrouded in mystery. Not only do they not have a name for the department’s active activity, but the organization itself makes up a paltry 7 percent of the Pentagon’s overall budget.
It’s enough to make any conspiracy theorist want to call it “P.H.O.U.S.T.E.M.D.R.” But this week, the department’s official image came under question, after an anonymous Pentagon official told The Daily Beast that it was planning to dismantle the decade-old Office of Special Investigations (OSI), a portion of the Pentagon responsible for a multitude of UFO investigations that have so far—in the words of their shadowy director—allegedly “screwed up,” and “had no business exist[ing].”
The official who spoke to The Daily Beast, who reportedly left the Pentagon in 2015, says that the new, as-yet-unnamed, UFO investigative force would be established based in Maryland. The new unit will be headed by a general not currently with the Pentagon, but will include some longtime OSI staffers. On Wednesday, the Pentagon announced that it was launching the new unit, though it did not name the general who would head it, the location of the center, nor did it specify when and how it would be made operational.
Over the last couple of years, more and more evidence has surfaced of the existence of the mysterious aliens and other extraterrestrial visitors that millions of Americans believe exist and might even be communicating with them. By leveraging taxpayer money in a number of arenas, the Pentagon seems to be making good on their stated goal of a large-scale scientific and technological discovery. The government funds research at the advanced SETI Institute, and thousands of scientists and private sector professionals have applied for federal funding to pursue extraterrestrial advances. And in 2015, President Obama ordered the Pentagon to begin investigating UFOs, but has never made a public statement about what the results of that investigation have revealed.
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