The Pentagon office in charge of investigating unidentified objects – like those shot down over Alaska, Michigan and the Yukon this month – only had three staffers until recent weeks, sources told

The office has allegedly been slow to grow and is desperate for funding, despite the global spotlight on unknown objects flying in America's airspace that led to four sidewinder missile takedowns by US jets this month.

Both Democrat and Republican senators say they have complained 'for years' about the US military ignoring UFO reports and the security risks they entail. 

And now a group of 16 senators, led by Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida and Democrat Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, wrote to the Pentagon Thursday asking for more money for AARO, warning that 'it is facing a funding shortfall that will impede its ability to fulfill its mission.'

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