Why Some Ufologists Have Concerns With Pentagon’s New ‘UFO’ Unit

by Clayton Edwards

For everyday people who witness UFOs, the US government’s recent interest in the subject is heartening. However, serious Ufologists have concerns about the Pentagon’s UFO unit.

This stance makes perfect sense. After all, ufology and the belief that the government is hiding something go hand in hand. Those in the field could point to several instances where the government muddied the waters of UFO research. They believe that the Pentagon’s new UFO unit will be the source of more of the same.

Distrust for the Pentagon’s UFO Unit

Ron James, a spokesperson for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) spoke about the new development. “This is a subject with a provable history of secrecy. Anything that lacks a new openness about the information is subject to more, possibly inappropriate control.”

 James added that he doesn’t believe that the Pentagon’s UFO unit will bring new resources to ufology. Instead, he believes “considerable resources have always been dedicated to the matter at some level inside deep government and industry.”

Luis Elizondo is a former government insider responsible for sharing footage of UFOs from military aircraft. That footage renewed interest in the subject. He thinks that the Pentagon’s new unit will bury any evidence of UFOs it finds. In an op-ed for The Hill, Elizondo criticized the Pentagon’s decision to place the new unit inside the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense. He called that the perfect place to put it if we hope to see “70 more years of secrecy on this topic.”

A Fundamental Difference

There is another major issue outside of general distrust of the government. Ufologists and the Pentagon’s unit may look at the issue of UFOs differently. They started this new study of “UAPs” to determine if they are a threat to national security. However, ufologists just want to learn the truth that they’re certain is out there somewhere.

For instance, Dr. Steven Greer, a prominent figure in the field of Ufology sees things differently. According to NBC News, Greer believes that aliens just want to help. However, he claims that the government only hopes to gain knowledge and technology from extraterrestrials. Greer also believes that, with the advent of the Space Force, the government is prepared to take that technology and information by force.

Kirsten Gillibrand, the New York Senator who spearheaded the legislation that formed the Pentagon’s UFO unit spelled out the reason for the unit. “Our national security efforts rely on aerial supremacy and these phenomena present a challenge to our dominance.”

Additionally, Gillibrand said that the government needs to “take control” of the study of UFOs. As a result, they will be able to “understand whether these aerial phenomena belong to a foreign government or something else altogether.”