Aerospace engineer and optical scientist Travis Taylor, who has appeared on well-liked Historical past Channel productions Historical Aliens and The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch, was revealed to be the chief scientist for the Pentagon’s Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Job Pressure (UAPTF) throughout an interview this month with George Knapp for 8 Information Now in Las Vegas.
Unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) is the present authorities nomenclature for UFOs.
“Apart from the individuals who already knew on the duty power, you’re the primary particular person to determine it out, George,” Taylor mentioned of his place.
It was Taylor’s e book, An Introduction to Planetary Protection: A Examine of Trendy Warfare Utilized to Additional-Terrestrial Invasion, which reportedly caught the eye of Jay Stratton, whom Knapp described as “a high-ranking intelligence official who has been concerned with every of the Pentagon’s secretive UFO investigations.”
A type of investigations being the UAPTF.
In 2020, the Senate Intelligence Committee, led on the time by Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), included a directive of their Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Yr 2021 ordering the Director of Nationwide Intelligence (DNI)—in session with the Secretary of Protection—to create a report relating to “unidentified aerial phenomena.” That invoice led to the creation of the UAPTF, the group chargeable for creating the much-anticipated preliminary evaluation report on UFOs launched in June of 2021.
“Jay Stratton, the director of the UAP Job Pressure, requested me if I’d be taken with being the chief scientist. And I used to be like, ‘yeah, completely, after all I’d,’” Taylor mentioned.
In distinction to a current listening to held by the Home Intelligence Subcommittee, which some thought leaned too closely into prosaic explanations—akin to drones—to clarify UFO sightings by navy personnel, Taylor emphasised that the overwhelming majority of sightings within the UAPTF report have been actually unexplained.
“We picked sources that we knew had a sequence of custody of the info, and out of these 144 [cases presented in the report], 143 we nonetheless couldn’t determine what they have been, the place they got here from, and what their intent was,” he defined.
Right here’s the factor: a skeptic and a debunker, they take their outcomes by ranging from the start, by understanding that the result’s going to be this. So, they take the evaluation to steer them within the route to try this. And the info that we had, in lots of circumstances, there was extra of it than what most of the people has and what was launched. And so, once we say we had a factor that was from a number of sensors, and it instructed us a number of issues, and we additionally had eyewitness accounts, audio info and so forth…
“We had numerous sensor knowledge on a few of them that we couldn’t decide what they’re,” he added. “If it’s our close to friends doing it, that’s scary, however on the similar time we additionally by no means discovered any proof that it was our close to friends doing it.”
The inconsistency between Taylor’s testimony and what was introduced on the listening to by Scott Bray, the Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence, and Ronald Moultrie, the Beneath Secretary of Protection for Intelligence & Safety, has led to questions relating to precisely the place the Pentagon acquired the data they used to debunk a number of of the circumstances introduced.
“The drone conclusion was reached after the UAP Job Pressure was performed, and earlier than the brand new UFO program [Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group] even began. So, who did it?” Knapp requested.
What different sources the Pentagon may need used of their dedication are unclear, though a number of inside the UFO group have speculated that they have been swayed by well-liked skeptics like Mick West, who has been an outspoken critic of the proof introduced of unidentified flying objects having been encountered by navy pilots.
That proof largely consists of three unclassified movies publicly launched by the Division of Protection (DoD) in 2020, a sequence of images printed by Thriller Wire, and a video launched by filmmaker Jeremy Corbell
These movies and pictures are joined by testimony from former fighter pilot Chad Underwood, 5 former Navy servicemen, and 5 Navy pilots, all of whom declare to have skilled anomalous phenomena throughout their time within the navy.