NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg seems to believe the spy balloon and mysterious “UFOs” shot down over North America represent increased surveillance from Russia and China.
Suggesting that the recent UFOs spotted and shot down in Canada and the United States, Stoltenberg suggested it is “part of a pattern” of increased surveillance from foreign adversaries.
“You saw over the United States, it’s part of pattern, where China – but also Russia – are increasing their intelligence and surveillance activities against NATO allies, with many different platforms,” he said in a press event on Monday.
He explained, “We see it with cyber, and we see it with satellites – more and more satellites – and we see it was balloons.”
Stoltenberg suggested the recent developments underscore “the importance of our vigilance, our increased presence,” and require the post-WW2 military alliance to “we ramp up and step up how we share intelligence and how we monitor and protect our airspace.”
“One of the issues I want to address,” Stoltenberg added, “is increased cooperation between allies in space.”
Stoltenberg made his comments after three UFOs were downed by the U.S. Air Force in the past three days, and it followed several vague statements made by the White House and Pentagon.
NORAD commander Gen. Glen VanHerck reported that the objects remain unidentified, and told the press, “I’m not going to categorize them as balloons. We’re calling them objects for a reason.”
VanHerck added, “I’m not able to categorize how they stay aloft. It could be a gaseous type of balloon inside a structure or it could be some type of a propulsion system. But clearly, they’re able to stay aloft.” He also said NORAD is “hesitant” to “attribute it to any specific country,” and stressed, “We don’t know.”
Officials have also indicated that the objects move at something called “wind speed” and that their methods of propulsion and staying airborne are unknown.
Meanwhile, yesterday Soldier of Fortune reported that the UFOs may have been in U.S. Airspace for some time, but that the Pentagon and White House were simply not monitoring those altitudes for small flying objects due to the false belief that they would be unable to provide meaningful data to foreign adversaries.
At the same time, national security correspondent David Martin told “Face the Nation” that the objects were likely assumed to be “sky trash” by officials until the infamous Chinese spy balloon opened their eyes to new possibilities.