Citing glowing red objects, seven former members of the U.S. Air Force testified Monday to the presence of UFOs hovering above defense bases, Stars and Stripes military newspaper reported.
UFO researcher Robert Hastings addressed their witness accounts at the news conference at the National Press Conference in Washington, saying he believed beings from another world were trying to promote world peace.
"I believe -- these gentlemen believe -- that this planet is being visited by beings from another world, who, for whatever reason, have taken an interest in the nuclear arms race which began at the end of World War II," Hastings said.
Hastings said more than 120 former service members have spotted UFOs above nuclear weapons. He said in some instances UFOs even deactivated nuclear missiles.
"Regarding the missile shutdown incidents, my opinion -- their opinion -- is that whoever are aboard these craft are sending a signal to both Washington and Moscow, among others, that we are playing with fire," he said.
The retired airmen said they were ordered never to discuss the events involving UFO events but broke their silence at the conference.
Former Air Force Capt. Robert Salas said in 1967 he was in an underground capsule at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana when a UFO shut down the nuclear missiles on his base.
"They could have done a lot more damage, permanent damage, to our weapons systems, and they didn't," Salas said.
"If they wanted to destroy them, with all the powers they seem to have, I think they could have done that job, so I personally don't think this was a hostile intent."
Hastings said there were other UFOs spotted above military bases in recent decades with the latest sighting in 2007 at Malmstrom.
In response to the sightings, the Air Force referred to a fact sheet on its website that read, "No UFO reported, investigated and evaluated by the Air Force was ever an indication of threat to our national security."