The publication of the purported military footage follows revelations a year ago from The New York Times and Politico about the past Pentagon effort on unidentified aerial phenomena and the publication of two videos showing Navy pilots' encounters with unidentified objects.
The 35 second clip was reportedly captured by an infrared camera aboard a F/A-18 fighter jet travelling at 25,000 feet in 2015.
On Friday, March 9, the video was released by the To The Stars Academy of Arts and Science (TTSA), a private group of scientists, aerospace engineers, and talented team of researchers now led by Blink 182's former guitarist, Tom DeLonge.
The video, which was obtained by the Stars Academy from proper "reporting channels", and was titled "Go Fast", shows an unidentified object moving at warp speed above the ocean surface. He said they followed the "proper process" to get the video and that "the Department of Defense approved the release".
Included in this report, the New York Times obtained video from the USA government from a 2004 event in which a "whitish oval object" was chased by two F/A-18F fighter jets off the coast of San Diego.
Warning: Some language in the video may be offensive. "Look at that flying!" said another.
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The report regarding the video gave little more information about this unearthly alien UFO sighting.
"It could be anything, so I wouldn't rule anything out, and that's why I think we need to look at it", Elizondo said.
Mellon then states that "nobody wants to be "the alien guy" in the national security bureaucracy" because those types of people are often "ridiculed or side-lined for drawing attention to the issue". "This is true up and down the chain of command, and it is a serious and recurring impediment to progress", he said.
Christopher Mellon, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense for intelligence in the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations, has argued in an article published on The Washington Post that the US Navy and Air Force have encountered several unidentified aircraft in the last few years. David Fravor told ABC News that what he believes what he witnessed during a routine training mission on November 14, 2004, "was not from this world". The program was shut down by the Pentagon in 2012, but the New York Times reported certain anomalies were still being investigated within the DoD.
Countries like China, Russia, and other European nations are willing to pursue this idea more than their American counterparts, according to Bigelow.