"A lot of people say it's Russia or China," Ratcliffe said in an interview on Fox News on June 7. "But we know for a fact in the intelligence community that things like trans-medium properties and hypersonic speeds – Russia and China clearly did not have those in 2004 when these things were sighted and reported."
In 2004, Navy pilots spotted what they described as a Tic Tac-shaped aircraft flying off the coast of San Diego. Retired Navy Master-at-Arms Sean Cahil, who was at the scene when the sighting happened, told journalist Christ Cuomo last month that the craft was able to travel at hypersonic speeds even though it had no visible signs of propulsion.
Other unidentified objects spotted by the military were "trans-medium," meaning they could travel both in the air and underwater. In 2019, Navy personnel witnessed a spherical craft flying off the coast of San Diego disappear into the sea below. A video of the UFO was leaked last month and was confirmed to be real by the Department of Defense.
Such vehicles were suspected to be technologies developed by America's rivals, such as China and Russia. They could also be top secret inventions made by the U.S. military.
But Cahil said that the Tic Tac UFO constituted a piece of technology that outstripped American arsenal by up to 1,000 years. And when asked to give a possible explanation for UFOs, he said that he doesn't believe they were "within the arsenal of any human technology at the moment."
In any case, Ratcliffe noted that intelligence agencies should get to the bottom of what these mysterious objects were for the sake of national security. "If someone is bigger, faster, stronger out there, we need to know about it," he said.
The upcoming UFO report that was prepared by the Pentagon and other intel agencies appeared to dispute Ratcliffe and Cahil's remarks. The report will be submitted to Congress on June 25, but officials who were briefed on it disclosed key details to The New York Times.
While the report did not rule out an extraterrestrial explanation, it also stated that at least some of the UFOs spotted by the military might be experimental technologies from a rival power, according to the officials.
One informant disclosed that intel and military officials were worried that China or Russia might be experimenting with hypersonic technology. Both nations are developing hypersonic weapons, with Russia believing that the weapons would allow it to evade American missile-defense systems.
Administration officials said that if the military's sightings were Chinese or Russian aircraft, that would suggest that the two countries' hypersonic research had far outpaced American weapons development.
Pundits also speculated that the U.S. government is purposely ambiguous about its findings on UFOs to cover up an ongoing arms race. David Clarke, a Briton who curates official UFO records for Britain's The National Archives, went as far as to say that the UFO report was commissioned to distract the public from a "secret war" between the U.S and its rivals.
"If you are military intelligence, what better way of covering up this secret war that's been going on – the new Cold War, which is effectively what it is – than have everyone going on the false trace looking for aliens?" he told Daily Star. (Related: Are the recent UFO disclosures setting us up for a mass deception of epic proportions?)
The curator opined that if Russia and China were using their hypersonic drone technology to spy on the U.S., then the latter was probably doing the same thing to the two countries. And to keep its operations covert, it chose to stay silent about its rivals' surveillance activities, according to Clarke.
"They don't want to blow the gaff by saying, 'Oh yeah, we know that the Russians are doing it on us,'" he said.
Visit WeaponsTechnology.news to learn more about the weapons being developed by China, Russia and the U.S.