Congressional Bill Says National Security Threats From UFOs Are “Expanding Exponentially”

U.S. lawmakers have referenced in an appropriations bill and the accompanying Senate Intelligence Committee report that Congress believes that certain Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAPs), commonly referred to as UFOs, may not be ” created by man”.

Further, Congress notes that threats to the national security of the United States from such “cross-domain transmedium” objects have increased exponentially.

The notable confessions are in a bill (pdf), and a report included as an addendum, to authorize the fiscal year 2023 budget related to the US intelligence community.

The bill seeks to amend Section 1683 of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2022 to establish an organization nested within the Department of Defense (DoD) charged with expanding the scope UFO investigations.

The legislation states that the DoD should establish the new office within 120 days of the bill’s proclamation.

The new office would replace the Pentagon’s Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group, which was created in November 2021 and replaced the US Navy’s UAP task force formed in June 2020.

To prompt the DoD to act, Congress renamed the UAP task force to the Office of the Joint Program on Unidentified Aerospace and Undersea Phenomena.

“At a time when transmedium cross-domain threats to the national security of the United States are expanding exponentially, the Committee is disappointed with the slowness of the DoD’s efforts to establish the office to deal with these threats and to replacing the former Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Working Group. “, the lawmakers said in the report (pdf).

DoD UFO Office Expands to Water Domains

The new UFO Joint Program Office will continue the work of the existing UAP Working Group and will have an expanded cross-domain scope that now includes “the space, atmospheric, and water domains.”

According to the bill, the Office of the Joint Program on Unidentified Aerospace and Undersea Phenomena will also be responsible for tasks relating to “transmedium objects or devices and unidentified aerospace and undersea phenomena” and “technologies and other currently unknown areas”.

“This change reflects the broader scope of the Congressional-led effort,” the lawmakers said in the report. “The identification, classification, and scientific study of unidentified aerospace and submarine phenomena is an inherently difficult inter-agency and cross-domain problem requiring an integrated or joint intelligence community and DoD approach.”

Legislators have defined “transmedium” objects in legislation as objects or devices that “observe the transition between space and the atmosphere, or between the atmosphere and bodies of water” and which are “not immediately identifiable.

In April last year, the Pentagon confirmed that a leaked video showing a US Navy stealth ship tracking a UFO was taken by US Navy personnel. The short night vision video shows a “pyramid-shaped” flying object moving at a constant speed above and below water.

Scope does not include “man-made” UFOs

Lawmakers noted that the scope of the new DoD office relates specifically to UFOs that are not later found to be man-made.

“The official DoD and intelligence community definition of terms used by the Bureau needs to be updated to include space and submarine, and the Bureau’s scope needs to include these additional areas with an emphasis on emphasis on technological surprise and ‘unknown unknowns,’” ​​the lawmakers said in the report.

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

These notable admissions in official government documents come “at a time when transmedium cross-domain threats to the national security of the United States are growing exponentially,” according to the report.

UFOs and national security

Pentagon officials treat UAP sightings with heightened seriousness for their potential risks to US national security.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a report (pdf) last year on the subject – commonly referred to as the Pentagon UAP report – in which the Pentagon identified 144 UAP sightings from 2004 to 2021, but could only explain one.

Since the publication of this report in June 2021, Scott W. Bray, Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence involved with the UAP Task Force, stated that “the UAP Task Force database has now grown to contain approximately 400 reports” .

Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence Scott Bray explains video of an unidentified aerial phenomenon, as he testifies before a House Intelligence Committee subcommittee hearing at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on May 17, 2022. (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

In May, Pentagon officials showed lawmakers two PAN videos during the first congressional public hearing on the subject since 1966.

Among the incidents shared with lawmakers were stories of nuclear ICBMs being rendered inoperative during a UFO sighting and images of flying objects violating the laws of physics.

Pentagon officials told lawmakers that sighting incidents are “frequent” and “on the rise,” but they cannot offer “firm conclusions” about their nature or intent.

The sighting incidents the Pentagon is most interested in are those that exhibit “stealing characteristics or signature management that we cannot explain with the data we have,” Bray told lawmakers when questioned. on his knowledge of flying objects that seem to move without visibility. means of propulsion and violate existing principles of physics.

“I would say that we don’t know of any adversary capable of moving an object without a discernible means of propulsion,” he added.

Mimi Nguyen Ly contributed to this report.

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