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Congressional lawmakers are holding a public hearing on UFOs today for the first time in more than 50 years. Members of a House subcommittee will hear testimony from defense officials on reports of unidentified aerial phenomena and their potential risks to national security. The hearing (9 am ET, watch here) comes about a year after the release of a preliminary report on 144 incidents of mysterious flying objects seen between 2004 and 2021. Read the report here.

In early 2021, the Pentagon declassified a swath of UFO-related files (see here), including a previously released video of US Navy fighters encountering a flying object in 2015 (see video). In December, an amendment was added to the annual National Defense Authorization Act, requiring the military to establish a UFO research office and conduct investigations on such sightings.

Congress hasn’t held a public hearing on UFOs since the US Air Force closed a public investigation called Project Blue Book (see 101) in 1969.