Loring AFB was visited by a number of UFOs in 1975. Image Credit: US Air Force
In a new documentary, former Senator Harry Reid has repeated his claims concerning UFOs and nuclear sites.
Perhaps the most concerning of all UFO incursions to be reported over the years has been the appearance of unknown objects within the vicinity of America's sensitive nuclear weapon sites.
According to Reid, who was a key figure in the US government's Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP), such incursions demand further investigation - not just in the interest of identifying who or what is behind such objects, but also because any interference in the launch or operation of nuclear sites is a very serious matter.
"If they had been called upon by the president to launch [the nukes] they couldn't have done it," he said during an interview for new documentary The Phenomenon which came out this week.
He also reiterated his view that the US government should be doing a lot more to get to the bottom of the UFO mystery and to determine exactly what's going on.
"Nobody has to agree why it's there, but shouldn't we at least be spending some money to study this phenomenon?" he said. "Shouldn't we study the stuff?"
"The answer's yes. And that's all this was about. And why the federal government all these years has covered up, put brake pads on everything, stopped it. I think it's very, very bad for our country."
Fortunately, however, things may finally be moving in the right direction.
Back in August, the Pentagon confirmed the existence of The Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF) - a new endeavour designed to bolster existing efforts to investigate the UFO phenomenon under the Office of Naval Intelligence.
It stands to reason that investigating UFO incursions at nuclear sites would be a top priority for such an organization - however it is unlikely the results of such investigations will be made public.
"The Department of Defense and the military departments take any incursions by unauthorized aircraft into our training ranges or designated airspace very seriously and examine each report," said Department of Defense spokesperson Sue Gough.
"This includes examinations of incursions that are initially reported as UAP when the observer cannot immediately identify what he or she is observing."