A classified report due to be sent to Congress Monday lists more than 150 cases of unexplained UFO encounters by military and government officials in the past year, sources told DailyMail.com exclusively.
The 22-page report, compiled by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), analyzes 366 cases – and only about half of them could be explained, two sources close to the department said.
Examples include video shot by Reaper drones conducting surveillance in the Middle East that caught ‘orbs’ flying around then ‘suddenly bolting off the screen’.
Others, an ODNI source said, are similar to famous encounters by Navy F-18 fighter pilots who saw, filmed and registered on radar ‘tic tac’ and ‘gimbal’ shaped craft flitting near training areas off the US east and west coasts, moving at supersonic speeds and performing incredible maneuvers with no apparent means of propulsion.
The G-forces from the sharp turns at eye-watering velocities were so extreme they would have crushed the skull of a human pilot trying to perform the same maneuver.
Some cases had explanations as mundane as weather balloons.
But among these are ‘brand new surveillance by foreign adversaries,’ the source said, including Chinese spy drones trying to gather information on US military pilot training.
Sources tell DailyMail.com that a classified report was sent to Congress that lists more than 150 cases of unexplained UFO encounters in the past year. Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence Scott Bray plays a video of an ‘unidentified aerial phenomenon’, commonly referred to as a UFO, at a hearing in May
The Pentagon released three videos of UFOs taken by Navy pilots to ‘clear up misconceptions.’ The 22- page report was compiled by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and analyzes 366 cases
An ODNI source said that examples in the report are similar to the famous encounters by Navy F-18 fighter pilots, who saw, filmed and registered on radar ‘tic tac’ and ‘gimbal’ shaped craft flitting near training areas off the US East and West coasts, moving at supersonic speeds and performing skull-crushing maneuvers with no apparent means of propulsion
The US Navy filmed a ‘pyramid’ shaped UFO. Examples in the report include video shot by Reaper drones conducting surveillance that caught on camera ‘orbs’ flying around then ‘suddenly bolting off ‘
A public version of the report, stripped of classified information, is due to be published by ODNI Monday but sources say both the classified and unclassified versions have been delayed by a few days.
The UFO dossier is the debut of an annual report mandated by last year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), part of a slew of new legislation forcing more government transparency on unexplained phenomena in our airspace and seas.
The 366 cases sources described in the classified report represent a large increase from the 144 covered in a ‘preliminary assessment’ published last year by the ODNI.
The June 2021 dossier said one case had been explained as a balloon, and of the remaining 143 unexplained cases dated between 2004 and 2021, 80 reports ‘involved observation with multiple sensors’.
All cases came from ‘US government sources’.
Members of the intelligence community who are eager for the government to address the issue of unexplained craft in our skies, were disappointed by the report’s focus on cases investigators were able to solve.
‘They’re patting themselves on the back that they’ve resolved over half of them,’ the ODNI source said.
‘But we don’t give a crap about the ones they’ve resolved. Yeah, there’s balloons up there, and balloons are sometimes mistaken for UAP.
‘But there are s***loads of classified videos that are pretty profound and pretty clear.
‘They don’t want to talk about this stuff, because they really, really don’t know what the hell they are. That’s the truth.’
The classified report has been sent to the Armed Services, Appropriations, Foreign Affairs or Relations, and Intelligence committees of the House and Senate.
The House Intelligence Committee held its first public hearing on UFOs in 54 years where panel members grilled Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence Scott Bray (left) and Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security Ronald Moultrie (right)
A map shows several USS destroyers that were on patrol and were suddenly swarmed by flashing drones which were able to travel long distance at high speeds
Two pilots can be heard in ARTCC recordings from August 18, 2022. ‘We’ve got a few aircraft to our north here and he’s going around in circles, much higher altitude than us. Any idea what they are?’ ex-fighter pilot Mark Hulsey radioed in
The 2022 NDAA, signed into law last December, requires the government to release a public report on UFO incidents each year by October 31, with a classified annex sent only to lawmakers with security clearance.
But sources told DailyMail.com that ODNI instead wrote a single, classified report and is running a few days behind schedule delivering it to Congress and creating a public, declassified version.
Former Navy Lieutenant Ryan Graves regularly witnessed UFOs in restricted airspace
The ODNI source said there are dozens of classified UFO videos on government servers filmed by MQ-9 Reaper drones abroad.
‘These drones operate 20-25,000 feet up in the air and they’re flying around. We’re keeping an eye on bad guys all over the world,’ they said.
‘An operator will be zoomed in looking at a town in Syria. And all of a sudden, a little orb will go flying through the viewfinder.
‘The operator’s like, ”What the hell?” And so he starts focusing on it and he just watches the orb for a while. We might get it for 30 seconds, we might watch it for 10 minutes. And then it will do something remarkable, like suddenly bolt off the screen.’
One tape seen by the source shows a UFO diving into the ocean ‘without making a splash.’
‘There’s some pretty spectacular videos,’ they said.
The ODNI source was critical of their department’s dossier, saying it glossed over the many intriguing and worrying unexplained cases.
‘It was not as detailed as you might hope. It spent a lot of time jumping into the foreign surveillance that was discovered, which has nothing to do with UAPs,’ the source said.
‘There’s a lot of attention to that and just about nothing about the other 49 per cent that were not resolved.’
Ryan Graves, one of the Navy F-18 pilots who encountered ‘gimbal’-shaped objects pulling high-gravity turns and showing no propulsion heat signature on infra-red cameras, tweeted on Friday about the danger of ignoring such cases.
‘Expect to continue seeing periodic attempts to cling to the social high ground used to mock those who broach the topic of UAP,’ Graves wrote.
‘Conclusive commentary on UAP undermines [national] security, aviation safety, and common sense. It’s okay to be wrong; ignoring the issue is not acceptable.’
Graves tweeted: ‘Expect to continue seeing periodic attempts to cling to the social high ground used to mock those who broach the topic of UAP’
A graphic shows the location and dates of several reported UFO sightings, mainly in the Pacific Ocean, that occurred in August and September of this year
This image shows the brightness of the UFO compared to the circled stars, which are much dimmer
The ODNI source said the classified report promised lawmakers better data in future due to improved systems for military personnel to report UFO incidents, and a more proactive approach from the recently revamped UFO task force which operates out of the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security.
‘We didn’t go out searching for them. We accidentally stumbled into them,’ the informant told DailyMail.com. ‘[Now] they’re actually creating collection plans to go out and try to learn more, for the first time. That’s something that’s been happening just in the last six months.
‘We’re probably seeing five a month, maybe 10 a month. In a single report you might have 10 incidents.’
‘There was a section that said that, because this effort is growing, future reports would be vastly more detailed, and contain much more data.
‘I am more hopeful than not that we’re heading in the right direction.’
The news comes after Nasa announced its own team of 16 experts will begin an ‘Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Study’ lasting nine months.
The 2023 NDAA, set to be voted on before the year end, includes whistleblower protections for officials disclosing previously secret government projects involving UFOs to the task force, and creates a system for intelligence officials to report highly classified incidents to the task force without violating their security oaths.