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Senate Intelligence Committee wants UAP investigators to focus on non-man-made ones

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Members of the US Senate criticize the Pentagon’s slow progress in establishing new organization and notification mechanisms, among other things, to deal with what they claim are “exponentially” growing threats presented by unidentified aerospace and underwater phenomena. Those same lawmakers also want the U.S. military-led office now tasked with investigating and studying these phenomena to focus on truly unexplained incidents rather than those that have been determined to involve “man-made” systems. ‘man”.

Those comments were included in a report that Senator Mark Warner, a Democrat from Virginia who is the current chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, submitted on behalf of that committee on July 20. This document accompanied the final Senate Intelligence Authorization Bill (IAA) for Fiscal Year 2023.

In its current form, the AAI proposal for the 2023 Senate fiscal year includes a number of provisions relating to unidentified phenomena in the air, in space, under water, as well as those known as “transmedium” which might be likely to cross more than one of these “domains”. If passed and then signed into law, the legislation would further clarify the roles and responsibilities of a new U.S. military office focused on these issues — and rename it the Joint Aerospace and Underwater Phenomena Joint Program Office — and impose new reports and records. -dress requirements.

Summaries of sections related to unidentified phenomena in the current draft of the Senate Intelligence Authorization Act for fiscal year 2023. US Congress

It should be noted that the Pentagon just announced last week that it was renaming the office in question from the Airborne Object Identification and Management Group (AOIMSG) to the All Domains Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO). , and broadened the official scope of its activities. A formal announcement was also made that Dr. Sean Kirkpatrick, who has held positions in the US intelligence community over an already decades-long career, has been named director of the AARO.

“At a time when transmedium cross-domain threats to the national security of the United States are growing exponentially, the Committee is disappointed with the slowness of DoD-led efforts to establish the office to deal with these threats,” indicates the report submitted by Warner. “The Committee hoped that the new office [AARO] would solve many of the structural problems that impede progress.”

The report goes on to say that the proposed name change to the AARO in associated legislation “reflects the broader scope of the congressionally-led effort” and that “the identification, classification, and scientific study of phenomena Aerospace and Unidentified Submarines are inherently challenging inter-agency and cross-domain issues requiring an integrated or joint intelligence community and DoD approach.”

The Senate’s draft IAA would require this office to include representatives from a number of agencies outside the Department of Defense, including the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Department of Energy, as well as elements intelligence community within the military, such as the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), and the intelligence components of the Air Force and the Space Force. However, the bill does not describe the exact functions that would be expected of this group.

Consistent with all of this, the senator’s intelligence committee is also pushing for “the official DoD and intelligence community definition of terms used by the bureau” to be “updated to include space and submarine.” , and the scope of the office must be inclusive”. of these additional domains with [a] focus on technological surprise and “unknown unknowns”.

“Unattributed temporary objects, or those that are positively identified as man-made after analysis, will be forwarded to the appropriate offices and should not be considered under the definition as unidentified aerospace and underwater phenomena,” he adds.

The complete section of the Senate Intelligence Committee Report accompanying the Intelligence Authorization Bill for the 2023 fiscal year. US Congress

The criticism of the Senate Intelligence Committee is not necessarily new, but it is certainly more explicit. In November 2021, when the Pentagon first publicly announced its intention to create what it then called the Airborne Object Synchronization and Identification Group (AOIMSG), some lawmakers, among others, suggested that it this may have been an attempt to get ahead of the proposed Congress. actions and potentially minimize problems.

What’s new and notable here are the senators claiming that not only are they “disappointed” with what they’ve seen from the US military so far, but that there are now real threats coming in. in these categories and are increasing significantly in one way or another. . The report, unfortunately, does not provide specific examples of such threats.

Beyond that, the Senate Intelligence Committee’s emphasis on “technological surprise and ‘unknown unknowns,'” including phenomena that are explicitly not currently identified as ‘man-made,’ indicates that the threats in question do not surround initially unexplained incidents that have now been assessed to have involved aircraft, satellites or submersibles and other man-made systems.

The use of the term “man-made” is certainly in itself frowning, as it would seem to acknowledge the possibility of non-man-made phenomena. This is despite the lack of hard evidence to support the existence of anything that would fit that description, as well as senior US military officials regularly pushing back against the idea that there is anything extraterrestrial. or “extraterrestrial” in reports of unidentified phenomena of any type. kindly.

Of course, the wording of the Senate’s draft IAA for fiscal year 2023 does not preclude the possibility that as yet unidentified phenomena may eventually be assessed as man-made, after which these reports would then be forwarded to other other entities within the US military. or intelligence community. With this in mind, the language used in the Senate Intelligence Committee report may be intended, at least in part, to attempt to reduce any stigma surrounding reporting encounters with unidentified phenomena in any field. It’s something The war zone highlighted as a key factor in addressing the real threats at play here.

Similarly, the current version of the Senate IAA includes a provision that would establish a “secure system” whereby uniformed military personnel or civilian employees, including contractors, of the Department of Defense or elsewhere in the intelligence community could send reports. directly to the Pentagon-run office that deals with these issues without having to consult with their superiors and provides legal protections for anyone who does. The clear idea here is to encourage individuals to report what could be serious national security risks by providing a way to do so without any fear of ridicule or adverse administrative action.

A separate IAA draft for fiscal year 2023 that the House Intelligence Committee put forward last week also includes whistleblower-style protections for people in the military, civilian government, or even contractors with relevant information. This would cover individuals even if they were party to “any written or oral non-disclosure agreement, order or other instrument or means, which could be construed as a legal compulsion to report”, which could be construed as referring to the possibility of cover-ups.

“We are open to all hypotheses,” Ronald Moultrie, Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security, assured members of the House Intelligence Committee during a hearing specifically devoted to Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, or UAP. , in May. “We are open to any findings we may come across.”

Rep. Tim Burchett, a Republican from Tennesee, left, shakes hands with Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security Ronald Moultrie, after a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism, Counterintelligence and Counterproliferation on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena on May 17, 2022. Jose Luis Magana/AFP via Getty Images

At that same hearing, Moultrie had also pushed back against investigating various unsubstantiated anecdotes, including Cold War-era allegations of UFOs disabling US Air Force nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana. “Individuals and groups who spread information that could be considered somewhat self-serving … are helping to undermine the confidence that Congress and the American people have that we are trying to find the root cause of what is happening here” , added the Pentagon’s top intelligence official at the time.

So it’s possible that this language about reported unidentified phenomena that have not yet been determined to be man-made reflects a belief among some in Congress that officials like Moultrie aren’t as open-minded as they are. ‘they committed to doing it. be, or maybe even truthful, for that matter.

There are certainly indications of this in the other half of Congress. The draft IAA that the House Intelligence Committee advanced last week included a provision that would require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to investigate the intelligence community for any “prior efforts to track, identify, recover, transferring or obscuring” unidentified phenomena or ” efforts to recover or transfer related technologies to US industry or [the Department of Energy’s] National Laboratories.”

The Senate IAA draft would also require the GAO to conduct an equally thorough historical review of records of unidentified, classified and unclassified phenomena within the intelligence community, but makes no specific mention of a recovery. potential of non-artificial technology and does not allude to the possibility of efforts by the intelligence community to conceal any relevant activity.

Either way, it’s important to remember that there are still many steps the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023 needs to go through in the Senate and House of Representatives before it can be sent. to President Joe Biden, who then decide whether or not to sign it into law. The wording of the bill, including its provisions regarding unidentified phenomena, may still change during this process.

Yet the Senate Intelligence Committee report makes it clear that there is a bipartisan consensus that the Unidentified Phenomena now represent real threats to national security and that those same lawmakers believe the Pentagon and the intelligence community continue to give the issue less attention than it deserves.

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