What Do the Pentagon's UFO Videos Really Reveal?

By David NaarLast Updated May 21, 2020 2:03:28 PM ET
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In late April of 2020, the Pentagon decided to release three videos that show unidentified flying objects, more commonly known as UFOs. These videos were filmed by members of the United States Navy as they practiced aerial missions above the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.

Fascinatingly, these videos are between 5 and 14 years old. This has left many viewers wondering why the Pentagon decided to release the videos now, during the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. But perhaps the better question would be, "What else is the government hiding about UFOs?"

What Was Revealed in the Videos?

Before asking the more insidious and complex questions that these videos raise, it’s essential to become familiar with the videos themselves. Just in case you've missed out on this recent revelation, here's a brief breakdown of the clips.

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The first video shows a strange, spinning top-like object slowly rotating. Far below this odd sight are miles of cloud cover. The pilot focusing on this UFO remarks that he has seen a whole fleet of similar objects, and his targeting system struggles to stay focused on the shadowy mass as it begins to twirl and spin.

The second video begins with a wide aerial shot of an indistinguishable gray expanse. However, viewers (and the pilot operating the plane) quickly notice a flash of light that seems to zoom from one side of the frame to the other, moving unbelievably fast. The pilot attempts to follow and focus on this ball of light for several seconds before finally locking onto it. He then immediately cries out in celebration before loudly wondering what it could be.


The third video is completely silent. It shows a zoomed-in view of a similar UFO to the one that appears in the second video, revealing what seems to be a spiky, halo-like glow emanating from the object.

These videos were unofficially released in 2017, but they lacked official confirmation. But, now that an official government organization (the Pentagon) has released them, they're considered valid, undoctored and real. While the Pentagon hasn’t yet released a statement confirming the existence of extraterrestrials, the release of these videos is a significant step in acknowledging the compelling mysteries that do exist.


Why Did the Pentagon Release the Videos Now?

One of the most pressing questions the general public has asked in response to these videos is, "Why now?" After all, the entire world has been in pandemic-crisis mode since early February of 2020, and the battle against the novel coronavirus still rages on.

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Some people have theorized that this timing is no accident, but rather was expertly calculated. During times when not much is interrupting the status quo, government-captured footage of UFOs would be huge news. But when juxtaposed against political turmoil, biological strife and economic disaster, the existence and confirmation of UFOs felt like merely a footnote in the day's paper.


If a government is grasping to keep conspiracy theories trivial or gloss over them, there could be no better time to officially acknowledge such validating footage than during a period when our attention is rightfully focused elsewhere. In truth, these videos do feel like they pale in comparison to the otherworldly mess happening right outside our front doors — we really do have more important things to worry about right now. And the best way to hide information in plain sight is to release it when it’s not likely to become the biggest headline of the month, week or even day.

The official response doesn’t leave many clues. The Department of Defense (DoD) released a statement on April 27, 2020, explaining "...that the authorized release of these unclassified videos does not reveal any sensitive capabilities or systems, and does not impinge on any subsequent investigations of military air space incursions by unidentified aerial phenomena." This seems to acknowledge the presence of the UFOs seen in the videos but doesn’t assign much meaning further than that. Essentially, these videos aren’t bombshells or smoking guns, and we don’t know if these hints are all we’ll end up seeing or if the DoD is priming us for something more shocking.


When the organization briefly addressed the reason why officials decided to release this footage, it claimed that they wanted "...to clear up any misconceptions by the public on whether or not the footage...[is real]." While it does seem like they've cleared up that confusion, it's still not apparent why it took the DoD years to confirm the validity of these videos or why officials chose to do so during a pandemic.

The more you look into the spending habits of the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, the more questions arise as to what depth of knowledge our government really has on UFOs and related phenomena.


Have We Only Scratched the Surface of UFOs?

The Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program was a partially classified government initiative that was dissolved in 2012. Over the course of five years, the U.S. government poured $22 million into this program, but officials haven’t been too forthcoming with the results of this spending.

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This program was one of several that followed and somewhat emulated Project Blue Book, the 1950s and 1960s government initiative to research UFOs, aerial phenomena and the possibility of extraterrestrial visitations. In those days, UFOs belonged to the realm of popular culture. You could easily find an extraterrestrial in the pages of a comic book or on the screen of your favorite sci-fi serial.


But the Pentagon's recent release is one of the most exceptional and honest admissions of the existence of UFOs that the United States government has ever made. And due to the fanfare-free nature of the Pentagon's release and its acknowledgment that the crafts pictured do not exhibit any known forms of technology, people are left wondering how much information is still being withheld.

And so, our imaginations are left to run a little bit wild. These confirmations open up a field of possibilities that would’ve seemed hyper-theoretical or even nonsensical in 2019. Once you acknowledge the existence of novel flying crafts, it's a fast and slippery slope to wondering who, or what, is manning or operating those aircraft. Confirmations of the existence of little green men may be only a few decades down the line.


NASA has a live video stream that continues to generate unexplainable shots of mysterious flying aircraft, and people of all nationalities and backgrounds continue to report strange sightings. So maybe "The Truth" isn't out there. Perhaps it’s already here on Earth, zipping along at a wickedly fast pace as it scales the stratosphere. The question that remains to be answered is when we’ll fully learn it.