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.
"Wow, what is that man?" one pilot can be heard saying.
In one of those encounters, pilots David Fravor and Commander Jim Slaight, who were flying off the Southern California coast in F/A-18F Super Hornets, described seeing an oval-shaped object hovering above the sea. The pilot exclaims, "Whoa!" These sightings were reported by US Navy pilots, who on one occasion stated that the unknown object - by definition, an Unidentified Flying Object - easily outflew their advanced fighter aircraft.
In December previous year, retired US Navy Commander David Fravor told ABC News that what he believes he witnessed during a routine training mission on November 14, 2004, "was not from this world".
Chris Mellon, an adviser to TTSA and a former deputy assistant secretary of defense for intelligence for the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post on Friday arguing that more attention needs to be directed to the issue, or the US risks being "technologically leap-frogged by Russian Federation or China".
"Nobody wants to be "the alien guy" in the national security bureaucracy", Mr Mellon wrote.
On Friday, new UFO footage was released by TTSA, a private scientific research group that is now run by Dr. Hal Puthoff, a NASA and U.S. Department of Defense adviser and James Semivan, a former Central Intelligence Agency officer. "This is true up and down the chain of command, and it is a serious and recurring impediment to progress", he said.
"There is no Pentagon process for synthesising all the observations the military is making".
Past year in a report by the New York Times, Pentagon acknowledged they shelved a program in 2012 that was devoted to identifying unknown space objects claiming there "were other, higher priority issues" that deserved funding. "The current approach is equivalent to having the Army conduct a submarine search without the Navy", Mellon said in an op-ed for The Washington Post.
"What we lack above all is recognition that this issue warrants a serious collection and analysis effort".
In December members of To The Stars were featured in an expansive New York Times piece. "Our scientists are scared of being ostracized, and our media is scared of the stigma".
"They are proactive and willing to discuss this topic, rather than being held back by a juvenile taboo", he said.