For decades, much of the conversation around UFOs has been confined to science fiction movies and novels. In the absence of government commentary on the topic, conspiracy theories around the US concealing alien life and technology in secret compounds like Area 51 have run rampant.
Investigation into UFOs in the United States can be traced as far back as the late 1940s, but much of this early information was classified to the public. This is changing. In response to mounting public pressure and potential national security questions, a flurry of government activity over the last few years has been aimed at demystifying UFOs, or unidentified anomalous phenomena as the military has rebranded UFOs.
00:00 — Introduction
02:34 — UFO history
05:27 — Oversight of UFOs
09:25 — Further study
Produced by: Magdalena Petrova
Edited by: Evan Lee Miller
Supervising Producer: Shawn Baldwin
Animation: Mallory Brangan, Christina Locopo
Additional Footage: Getty Images, NASA
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Why The U.S. Is Getting Serious About UFOs