Rep. André Carson
Rep. André Carson
A House congressional committee is set to hold a public hearing on Tuesday, May 17 about unidentified flying objects (UFOs) for the first time in over 50 years.

The House Intelligence Committee's subcommittee on Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence and Counterproliferation will hold the public hearing in order to shed some light on UFOs or unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP).

Congressman André Carson, D-Indiana, will be chairing the hearing.

"Americans need to know more about these unexplained occurrences,” Carson said.

U.S. Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security Ronald Moultrie and Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence Scott Bray will be speaking at the hearing.

The public hearing will then be followed by a closed, classified hearing on a Pentagon program known as the Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group (AOIMSG).

In 2021, the U.S. released a preliminary assessment on 144 reports of “unidentified aerial phenomena” since 2004. The Pentagon also issued a separate report highlighting how UAPs may threaten flight safety.