U.S. Government Is 'Ignoring UFO Sightings' Because 'Nobody Wants To Be The Alien Guy,' Former Pentagon official Says

The government is "ignoring UFO sightings" because "nobody wants to be 'the alien guy' in the national security bureaucracy," a former Pentagon official said.

Christopher Mellon, a former deputy assistant security of defense for the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations, claims that the government needs to thoroughly investigate nationwide reports of flying unidentified objects, given the sheer quantity in recent years.

In a Washington Post op-ed, Mellon, who now works at The Stars Academy of Arts and Science (TTSA), says some U.S. pilots have encountered a UFO and several have even caught footage of the occurrence, but not enough has been done about it. "We have no idea what's behind these weird incidents because we're not investigating," he wrote.

On Friday, the Stars Academy of Arts and Science released footage of a UFO spotted by the U.S. Navy off the East Coast in 2015. Youtube

Mellon believes that although they may not necessarily indicate alien life, the UFOs could be advanced Chinese or Russian technology, which would still warrant an investigation.

However, he claims that people in the Pentagon turn their backs on bizarre videos and treat them as isolated incidents, rather than connected events.

"If these craft mean that Russia, China or some other nation is concealing an astonishing technological breakthrough to quietly extend its lead, surely we should respond as we did then," Mellon wrote.

He added: "Or, if these craft really aren't from Earth, then the need to figure out what they are is even more urgent."

Mellon then states that "nobody wants to be 'the alien guy' in the national security bureaucracy" because those types of people are often "ridiculed or side-lined for drawing attention to the issue."

On Friday, new UFO footage was released by TTSA, a private scientific research group that is currently run by Dr. Hal Puthoff, a NASA and U.S. Department of Defense adviser and James Semivan, a former CIA officer.

The previously undisclosed authentic clip is of a 2015 Navy encounter off the U.S. East Coast. It shows footage of a "high-speed flight of an unidentified aircraft at low altitude".

Last December, the New York Times published two other similar videos of U.S. military jets encounter with an unknown flying object.