Pentagon: ‘At this time,’ no evidence to support alien life on Earth

Drones account for much of disputed UFO footage, officials say

Updated: December 17, 2022 - 5:00pm

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U.S. military officials this week said there has emerged no compelling evidence yet to support allegations of extraterrestrial life on planet Earth, though they indicated that the question was still an open one and still under consideration.

Excitement has swirled for over two years at what has been a steady stream of releases and declassifications from military officials regarding unidentified aerial phenomena spotted by U.S. military observers over the course of years and decades. 

At a roundtable on Friday, Pentagon officials indicated that no evidence yet indicated that any of those mysterious sightings were attributable to extraterrestrial beings. 

Asked by a reporter if there was “any evidence … that shows any one of these anomalies is a space alien,” Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security Ronald Moultrie responded: “At this time, the answer's no, we have nothing.” 

Stressing that the Defense Department was committed to “openness and objectivity and transparency,” Moultrie said: “We have not seen anything that would … that would lead us to believe that any of the objects that we have seen are of alien origin, if you will. “ 

Moultrie indicated that defense officials would continue considering evidence for alien life as it arises. “If we are -- if we find something like that, we will look at it and analyze it and take the appropriate actions,” he said. 

Sean Kirkpatrick, the director of the department’s All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office, added that officials were “structuring our analysis to be very thorough and rigorous.” 

“We will go through it all,” he said. “And as a physicist, I have to adhere to the scientific method, and I will follow that data and science wherever it goes.