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US Senate asks for more attention to anomalous aerial phenomena

publicado a la‎(s)‎ 26 jun. 2020 6:27 por Plataforma Sites Dgac   [ actualizado el 17 sept. 2020 6:04 ]
In mid-June 2020, US senators expressed their concern that the military and other official agencies of the country have not paid enough attention to reports on sightings of anomalous aerial phenomena, which, according to their vision, could be linked to adversaries of the United States.
 Republican Senator for the state of Florida Marco Rubio was the author of the document that he sent representing the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

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In a report attached to a draft of the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, Republican Senator for the state of Florida Marco Rubio, representing the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, requested that the Director of National Intelligence work with other agencies to produce a report detailing what they already know about anomalous aerial phenomena, how that information is shared, and what kinds of threats or other risks the unidentified objects could pose.

“The Committee supports the efforts of the Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force at the Office of Naval Intelligence to standardize collection and reporting on unidentified aerial phenomenon, any links they have to adversarial foreign governments, and the threat they pose to U.S. military assets and installations,” the report says.

“However, the Committee remains concerned that there is no unified, comprehensive process within the Federal Government for collecting and analyzing intelligence on unidentified aerial phenomena, despite the potential threat,” it adds. 

Next, the document criticizes the way in which information is shared and coordination within the Intelligence community, stating that it has been inconsistent and that senior leaders of the country have not given the issue the attention it deserves. 

Later, the Senate Committee directed the National Intelligence Director, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense and the heads of other agencies, to submit a report within 180 days of the date of enactment of the Act, to the congressional intelligence and armed services committees on unidentified aerial phenomena (also known as ‘‘anomalous aerial vehicles’’), including observed airborne objects that have not been identified. 

Guidelines 

In addition to that, the  Senate Select Committee on Intelligence enumerated eight elements that report to be prepared should include, among which the following stand out:

—A detailed analysis of unidentified aerial phenomena data and intelligence reporting collected or held by the Office of Naval Intelligence, including data and intelligence reporting held by the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force.

—A detailed analysis of data of the FBI, which was derived from investigations of intrusions of unidentified aerial phenomena data over restricted United States airspace.

—A detailed description of an interagency process for ensuring timely data collection and centralized analysis of all unidentified aerial phenomena reporting for the Federal Government, regardless of which service or agency acquired the information.

—Identification of potential aerospace or other threats posed by the unidentified aerial phenomena to national security, and an assessment of whether this unidentified aerial phenomena activity may be attributed to one or more foreign adversaries.

—Identification of any incidents or patterns that indicate a potential adversary may have achieved breakthrough aerospace capabilities that could put United States strategic or conventional forces at risk. 

The Committee requests that the report shall be submitted in unclassified form, but that it may include a classified annex. 

Media cases 

The document was issued after sightings by US Marine pilots made headlines in recent years. 

In 2017, media such as The New York Times leaked reports of Marine pilots’ encounters with unidentified aerial phenomena in 2004. This year, the Pentagon made those reports official, acknowledging that they are genuine. 

Among the interesting things mentioned in the Senate Committee document is that the FBI would have been collecting information on sightings of unidentified aerial phenomena, since it is known that between January 2019 and January 2020 that agency investigated incidents not yet explained of UAPs in various parts of the states of Colorado and Nebraska, including areas close to US Air Force facilities.

Another striking aspect is the apparent admission that the senators in charge of overseeing Intelligence gathering activities in the United States still do not have a good understanding of the interagency process for centralized collection and analysis of data on sightings of anomalous aerial phenomena in the United States Federal Government, or who would be the highest-ranking official in charge of that process, if there is one.
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