The Pentagon is launching a new task force dedicated to investigating UFOs and other strange sightings.

The new team will be called the Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group and will look into reports of Unexplained Aerial Phenomena (UAP) near U.S. military facilities. 

The term UAP is used by the military to describe unexplained flying objects. The new unit will replace the Navy’s Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force.

“Incursions by any airborne object into our SUA (Special Use Airspace) pose safety of flight and operations security concerns, and may pose national security challenges,” the Pentagon stated in a press release.

The group is expected to investigate strange claims reported by people, dating back decades.

The Pentagon’s new team is expected to work with other federal agencies “to detect, identify and attribute objects of interest in Special Use Airspace, and to assess and mitigate any associated threats to safety of flight and national security.”

A memo from Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks stated that the formation of the task force to investigate unidentified aerial phenomena in special-use areas “represents a safety of flight risk to aircrews and raises potential national security concerns.”

The task force will be overseen by the secretary of defense for intelligence, who is also expected to head an executive council, including the director of the Joint Staff and senior officials from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

The formation of the group comes after the Navy’s Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force released a report that failed to explain the 143 UFO incidents that have been reported since 2004. The report claimed 18 of the incidences appeared “to demonstrate advanced technology.”

Although the Pentagon has since claimed there were “no clear indications” that the reports consisted of any otherworldly activity, it did not rule out the possibility.

The new task force is also expected to recommend policies for the area and improve the gaps in intelligence detection capabilities, analyzing intelligence and counterintelligence data.

An image from of US military pilot's sighting of an "unidentified aerial phenomena" that some think is evidence of UFOs An image from of US military pilot's sighting of an "unidentified aerial phenomena" that some think is evidence of UFOs Photo: DoD / Handout