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Congress may be setting up permanent office to investigate UFOs to see if they are threats to the US

Three months after the Pentagon released its highly-anticipated, albeit sparse report on the subject of ‘unidentified aerial phenomenon’ (UAPs), the U.S. government is looking into creating a permanent office to study the subject.

As part of the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act from the House of Representatives, there is a provision to create a permanent office under the Secretary of Defense to investigate reports of unidentified aerial phenomena, according to NextGov, which first reported the news. 

The 5-page section of the 1,362 page report, which was included by Rep. Ruben Gallego, seeks to take on what the Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force did with its report and make it permanent. 

Included in the duties of the proposed office would be to:

  1. ‘Developing procedures to synchronize and standardize the collection, reporting, and analysis of incidents regarding unidentified aerial phenomena across the Department of Defense.
  2. Developing processes and procedures to ensure that such incidents from each military department are reported and incorporated in a centralized repository.
  3. Establishing procedures to require the timely and consistent reporting of such incidents.
  4. Evaluating links between unidentified aerial phenomena and adversarial foreign governments, other foreign governments, or nonstate actors.
  5. Evaluating the threat that such incidents present to the United States.
  6. Coordinating with other departments and agencies of the Federal Government, as appropriate.
  7. Coordinating with allies and partners of the United States, as appropriate, to better assess the nature and extent of unidentified aerial phenomena.’

The section also proposes that a new UAP office deliver a report to Congress once a year for the next five years and even provide ‘an update on any efforts underway on the ability to capture or exploit discovered unidentified aerial phenomena.’ 

The legislation was passed on Thursday night by a 316-113 vote.  

The Senate Armed Services Committee’s version of the act does not include a permanent office for the investigation of UAPs.

However, section 345 of the bill does seek to expand on what the aforementioned UAP task force provided earlier this year and have it produce additional reports, albeit in ‘classified form.’ 

Nick Pope, a former employee and UFO investigator for Britain’s Ministry of Defense, said he welcomes the move if it occurs.

‘[This] is a further indication of the seriousness with which Congress approaches this issue,’ Pope said in an email to DailyMail.com.

‘I was particularly pleased to see the reference to coordination with allies and partners, because I know from personal experience that some of the UK Ministry of Defence’s previous research and investigation will be relevant and helpful.’

In June, Pentagon released its report on the subject of ‘unidentified aerial phenomenon’ (UAPs), however it offered no explanation for 140 of the 144 observations dating back to 2004.

On June 25, the long-awaited report from the Pentagon on the subject of ‘unidentified aerial phenomenon’ (UAPs) offered no explanation for 140 of the 144 observations dating back to 2004

In August, more than two-fifths of Americans said they believed that UFOs are alien space craft, up from 33 percent in 2019. 

A similar survey published in July said two-thirds of all Americans believe extraterrestrial life exists, but almost 90 percent believe they are not a threat. 

One of the videos was captured off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida, in 2015 (pictured)

One of the videos was captured off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida, in 2015 (pictured)

The other video shows the notorious 2004 'Tic Tac' incident (pictured) that was recorded over the Pacific Ocean

The other video shows the notorious 2004 ‘Tic Tac’ incident (pictured) that was recorded over the Pacific Ocean

The declassified June 25 report, which came from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, added that it lacks sufficient data to determine the nature of mysterious flying objects. 

‘In 18 incidents, described in 21 reports, observers reported unusual UAP movement patterns or flight characteristics,’ the report reads.

‘Some UAP appeared to remain stationary in winds aloft, move against the wind, maneuver abruptly, or move at considerable speed, without discernable means of propulsion. In a small number of cases, military aircraft systems processed radio frequency (RF) energy associated with UAP sightings.

‘The UAPTF holds a small amount of data that appear to show UAP demonstrating acceleration or a degree of signature management. Additional rigorous analysis are necessary by multiple teams or groups of technical experts to determine the nature and validity of these data.

‘We are conducting further analysis to determine if breakthrough technologies were demonstrated.’   

The term UFO has been more recently replaced by unidentified aerial phenomenon, especially in light of the US Pentagon declassifying three videos in April 2020.  

Only one of 144 reports of UFOs – or Unidentified Aerial Phenomena as the government calls them – can be explained while the others can barely be classified 

The government report says there are 144 reported UFOs – or UAPs – between 2004 and 2021. 

These reports include a spherical flying object buzzing over Navy warships and disappearing into the Pacific ocean, a tic-tac shaped flying object mimicking Super Hornet pilots’ maneuvers and pyramid-shaped flying objects. 

The only one that can be explained with ‘high confidence’ is a deflated balloon. 

Because the reported UAPs showed unusual flight characteristics and displayed a range of appearances and behaviors, the report groups the UAPs into five categories.  

1. Airborne clutter – These objects include birds, balloons, recreational unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or airborne debris like plastic bags that muddle a scene and affect an operator’s ability to identify true targets, such as enemy aircraft.

2. Natural atmospheric phenomena – Natural atmospheric phenomena includes ice crystals, moisture and thermal fluctuations that may register on some infrared and radar systems.

3. USG or U.S. industry developmental programs –  Some UAP observations could be attributable to developments and classified programs by U.S. entities. The report states, ‘We were unable to confirm, however, that these systems accounted for any of the UAP reports we collected.’

4. Foreign adversary systems – Some UAP may be technologies deployed by China, Russia, another nation, or a non-governmental entity but the report says the US is unaware that any nation has technology that’s been reported.

5. A catchall ‘other’ bin – Most of the UAP described in the dataset probably remain unidentified due to limited data or challenges to collection processing or analysis and may require additional scientific knowledge and advances to categorize them. ‘The UAPTF intends to focus additional analysis on the small number of cases where a UAP appeared to display unusual flight characteristics or signature management,’ according to the report.

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