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Contact: John Stimpson, Communications Associate

Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Are No Fad for These Defense Analysts

Arlington, Va. — CNA analysts with long-standing interest in UFO research welcome others to the conversation about unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) as the Pentagon prepares to release its report on the topic to Congress. CNA experts have been out in front of this discussion since the 2019 launch of the podcast Coming in From the Cold. Next week, the Cold War history podcast is slated to release its third episode focused on the UFO/UAP sensation, with a preview episode available now.

"Two years ago, when we released our first episode of Coming in From the Cold, unidentified aerial phenomena were still a fringe issue," said the show's host, Senior Research Scientist Bill Rosenau. "Now, interest in the phenomena has become respectable — and perhaps even mainstream."

Rosenau and CNA colleagues Ken Gause and Ralph Espach also lead an informal group of CNA experts who are exploring the topic of UAP independently and sharing their findings within the community.

"I have been studying the UFO phenomenon for thirty years and there are two things I've learned. First, the more you study the phenomenon, the clearer it becomes that it's real and not easily explained." Gause said. "Second, to fully appreciate the phenomenon, one must study its history at least going back to 1947; this can help narrow the range of explanations."

Listeners can find the episodes of Coming in From the Cold covering the UFO phenomenon using the links below. Subscribe to catch the next episode, released on June 30.

UFO Phenomenon: Dealing with the Inconceivable

UFO Phenomenon: Rejecting the Inconceivable


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