In 2023, UFOs were a major focus in Washington D.C. due to new bureaucratic offices, legislation, and governmental websites being created, and various hearings about unidentified aerial phenomena. The Pentagon’s Annual Report on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena found over 500 reports of unidentified anomalous phenomena, with 171 remaining uncharacterized. Later, high-altitude balloons operated by China sparked controversy when they intruded American airspace, leading to public testimony confirming no credible evidence of extraterrestrial activity, and apologies from China. NASA also held a public meeting of its Unidentified Aerial Phenomena study group, recommending that UAP will remain a mystery without better data. The year saw a push for U.S. government records related to UFOs and/or UAP to be made public, leading to a bill known as the Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena Disclosure Act being introduced by Senators Schumer and Rounds. However, wild allegations were made when a former Pentagon intelligence officer claimed the U.S. operated a “multi-decade UAP crash retrieval and reverse-engineering program” with non-human “biologics.” Ongoing interest and controversy around UFOs and UAPs led to the Pentagon’s AARO office quietly unveiling an official government website in August 2023. While various pieces of sensational information emerged, concrete evidence for alien visitation or a government cover-up did not materialize.