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The Pentagon wants to remove any shame in reporting “unidentified aerial phenomena” because what the public knows as UFOs could represent national security threats such as enemy drones or dangerous debris, two senior intelligence officials said.

“Our goal is to eliminate this stigma by fully incorporating our operators and mission personnel into a standardized data-gathering process,” Ronald Moultrie, the undersecretary of defense for intelligence and security, told U.S. lawmakers Tuesday at the first congressional hearing into UFOs since the 1960s.

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