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The Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 was included in the just-signed Omnibus bill for Covid-relief. In the Act there is support for the unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force at the Office of Naval Intelligence, requesting the Task Force to submit a report within 180 days of the date of enactment of the Act about unidentified aerial phenomena (also known as “anomalous aerial vehicles”).

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Credit: DOD/U.S. Navy/Inside Outer Space screengrab

Credit: DOD/U.S. Navy/Inside Outer Space screengrab

Here is the language regarding “Advanced Aerial Threats” as detailed by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence:

    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. 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. The Committee understands that the relevant intelligence may be sensitive; nevertheless, the Committee finds that the information sharing and coordination across the Intelligence Community has been inconsistent, and this issue has lacked attention from senior leaders.

    Therefore, the Committee directs the DNI, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense and the heads of such other agencies as the Director and Secretary jointly consider relevant, 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.

    The Committee further directs the report to include:

  1. 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;
  2. A detailed analysis of unidentified phenomena data
    collected by:
    a. geospatial intelligence;
    b. signals intelligence;
    c. human intelligence; and
    d. measurement and signals intelligence;
  3. 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;
  4. 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;
  5. Identification of an official accountable for the
    process described in paragraph 4;
  6. 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;
  7. 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;
  8. Recommendations regarding increased collection of
    data, enhanced research and development, and additional
    funding and other resources. The report shall be submitted in unclassified form, but may include a classified annex. 

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