THE Pentagon set up a UFO task force to "detect and analyze" sightings of a mystery aircraft that "could pose security risk," US officials say.

Last month, it emerged that these UFO-hunters were still working despite saying that they had disbanded in 2012 – and they could make findings public every six months.

On August 4, the Deputy Secretary of Defense David L. Norquist approved the establishment of an Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) Task Force.

The group will be headed by the The Department of the Navy and the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security, an August 14 release stated.

The UAPTF was set up "to improve its understanding of, and gain insight into, the nature and origins of UAPs," it said.

"The mission of the task force is to detect, analyze and catalog UAPs that could potentially pose a threat to US national security," the Department of Defense said

"The safety of our personnel and the security of our operations are of paramount concern.

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