JOE Biden has signed into law a new UFO office that will probe strange encounters with the mysterious craft — in a big win for alien hunters.

The new X-Files-style unit will run on-the-ground investigations into UFOs, probing any "threat" posed by the craft, and overseeing any efforts to "capture" them.

The legislation, which was part of a $770B defense spending package, requires the unit to report back to Congress the findings in annual and biannual briefings and reports. 

They are tasked to rapidly respond to military UFO sightings and conduct investigations through the recently passed legislation. 

It will probe whether or not the strange craft that has been reportedly buzzing the US military are unknown technology from Russia and China or potentially something more alien.

The office will also provide briefings on "any efforts to capture or exploit" the phenomena and also assess "health-related effects" for humans who have encountered the objects.

Unclassified reports on the phenomena will also have to be released each year on October 31.

The office will be set up jointly between the Department of Defense and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) — a key marriage between the intelligence and military communities.

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UFOs have become a hot topic in Washington — stepping from being dismissed as a fringe conspiracy theory to a serious national security debate.

US intelligence officials and servicemen have all gone on the record in recent years over the mysterious phenomena.

And a historic report by the Pentagon earlier in the year revealed 144 sightings by the military since 2004 remain unexplained.

It comes after a string of leaked videos that first emerged in 2017 showing encounters between US navy pilots and mysterious objects such as the TicTac.

The video and subsequent revelations of a quiet — but disbanded — investigation into them sparked a flurry of interest from lawmakers and the public.

UFO hunters have widely celebrated the establishment of the new office.

It will allow a much fuller investigation of the UAP (unidentified aerial phenomen) issue affecting US service personnel

And it furthers calls for the UK to come clean on its own investigations into UFOs, as the Ministry of Defence has consistently said it has no interest in the matter.

"This is the most important legislation to come out of the US in recent history regarding the study of the phenomena.

"It will allow a much fuller investigation of the UAP issue affecting US service personnel, with regular updates to elected officials and with hopefully more transparency than has historically been the case," UAPMedia UK said in a statement to The Sun Online.

"We hope the UK Ministry of Defence will take the opportunity, when it inevitably arises in the near future, to engage in a frank and meaningful discussion regarding UAP with our American allies."

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