A top spy chief revealed that reports of UFOs buzzing warships could really be aliens.

Avril Haines, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) for the US government, made the remarks while speaking at the Our Future in Space event at the Washington National Cathedral.

The director, who oversees all 16 US spy agencies including the FBI and CIA, made the comment after being questioned about unidentified flying objects.

It comes after a UAP (Unidentified Aerial Phenomena) Task Force report published earlier this year, admitted there were unexplained encounters between mystery objects and the US military, reports New York Post.

And although the report didn't elaborate on whether there was an extraterrestrial connection, it didn't rule it out the possibility either which has allowed conspiracy theorists to keep on guessing.

During the event, the spy chief also acknowledged that the intelligence community needs to further investigate to help understand encounters.

“The main issues that Congress and others have been concerned about is safety of flight concerns and counterintelligence issues,” Ms Haines said.

“Always there’s also the question of ‘is there something else that we simply do not understand, which might come extraterrestrially?”

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Ms Haines is now the most senior person in the field to hint about a possible alien link.

The DNI has highlighted that there needs to be finer reporting structures in place so UFOs can be investigated properly.

It has been reported that officials are thought to be in the process of establishing a permanent office to further look into reports.

“We need to get better at collecting information that’s useful to us from different sensors that are available to us," Ms Haines added.

“And we need to deepen our analysis in these areas, and that’s something that doesn’t surprise you in the way that we approach our intelligence work.”

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