VIDEO of a mysterious object streaking over the Atlantic Ocean shows the Pentagon needs to take UFOs seriously, a researcher says.

The sensational two-minute clip captured by a camera on board a US Navy F/A 18 jet flying at 25,000 feet wowed military personnel.

"What the f*** is that thing?" shouted the pilot in the video posted online by the To the Stars Academy of Arts and Science, a private research company.

"Oh my gosh dude!" exclaimed the jet's weapons systems officer.

The video was shot off the east coast of the United States in 2015. To the Stars Academy did not say exactly how it obtained the declassified footage, but said others could obtain it through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Three videos showing similar incidents became public last year in reports detailing $22 million ($A28.7 million) in Pentagon spending on UFO research.

The videos, along with observations by pilots and radar operators, "appear to provide evidence of the existence of aircraft far superior to anything possessed by the United States or its allies," writes Christopher Mellon, a former defence official in the George W. Bush and Clinton administrations and an adviser to To the Stars Academy.

In a Washington Post op-ed, Mr Mellon reasoned that if the origin of these aircraft is a mystery, "so is the paralysis of the US government in the face of such evidence."

Mr Mellon, who served as an intelligence official for both the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations, charged that military and department agencies "treat such incidents as isolated events rather than as part of a pattern requiring serious attention and investigation".

Mr Mellon compared the government's current approach to UFOs to the counter-terrorism efforts of the CIA and the FBI prior to 9/11.

He wondered if the US has been "technologically leapfrogged by Russia or China", or might these videos "be evidence of some alien civilisation. Unfortunately, we have no idea, because we aren't even seeking answers."

This story was originally published in the New York Post and is republished with permission.


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