Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., introduced an amendment to the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) last week that would establish an office in the Department of Defense to study UFOs, or unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP), reports newsmax.com.
The House provision, authored by Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., chairman of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Intelligence and Special Operations, establishes a new government office tasked with analyzing and evaluating UFO reporting from U.S. military and intelligence personnel.
”There’s been a total lack of focus across the national security apparatus to actually get at what’s happening here,” Gallego said regarding the NDAA, according to Politico.
”I think there has been kind of a partial pastime of curiosity seekers that are within the Department of Defense but there has not been any professional initiative across the defense enterprise … so that we can actually make some deliberate and knowledgeable decisions.”
The office would also coordinate with U.S. allies “to better assess the nature and extent” of UAP.
Gillibrand’s modification comes following final summer season’s launch of an inconclusive report by the Director of Nationwide Intelligence on unidentified aerial phenomena.
”It would require that the Secretary of Defense and the Director of National Intelligence set up permanent structures at quite a high level,” Johnson told The Debrief.
”Not just an office with some paper shufflers, but actual apparatus where this UAP office would have command authority, so to speak. The ability to instantly tap into designated existing military assets to do rapid field investigations where UAP encounters are reported.”
The report, which was ordered by Congress last year, examined 144 reports of UAPs from U.S. government sources since 2004.
Eighty of the reported incidents were observed with multiple sensors, including “radar, infrared, electro-optical, weapon seekers, and visual observation.”
“Unusual UAP movement patterns or flight characteristics” were observed in 18 of the reported incidents, including the ability to “remain stationary in winds aloft, move against the wind, maneuver abruptly, or move at considerable speed, without discernible means of propulsion.”