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Coming up is an April 19 Senate hearing on the mission, activities, oversight, and budget of the All-Domain Anomaly Resolution Office. Senate Subcommittee Hearing on Emerging Threats and Capabilities. Hearing starts at 10:30 AM, Wednesday, April 19th. WITNESSE(S): Dr. Sean M. Kirkpatrick, Director, All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office.

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).
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CNN interview

CNN’S State of the Union interview on April 16 between TV reporter Jake Tapper and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY):

TAPPER: According to “The Washington Post,” some of the leaked documents reveal that U.S. intelligence agencies knew of four additional Chinese spy balloons, including one that flew over an American carrier group, and that there are still lingering questions about the true capabilities of the one that crossed the mainland U.S.

Shown at Congressional hearing, Video 1 2021 flyby movie showing a purported UAP.
Credit: Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence, and Counterproliferation Subcommittee/Inside Outer Space screengrab

Do you think the Biden administration is being forthcoming enough when it comes to everything they know about these balloons?

GILLIBRAND: Well, I will be having a hearing on all of the unidentified aerial phenomenon this coming week.

TAPPER: Oh, great.

GILLIBRAND: And one of the things…

TAPPER: Will you come back and talk to us about it afterwards?

GILLIBRAND: Absolutely.


Balloons, drones, debris or birds

GILLIBRAND: I created, along with Senator Warner and Senator Rubio and Senator Heinrich and some others, an office within the DOD and the Intelligence Committee specifically to review every unidentified aerial phenomenon that the military has access to.

And we have the most intense — intensely specific technology that can video different aerial phenomenon, that can get radar, heat sensing through our aircraft, through other radar detection. And so we set up this office two years ago.

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And, during that two years, they have reviewed over 300 different evidence of aerial phenomenon. About half of them were deemed to be weather balloons, this type of balloon technology, perhaps detection devices. About two dozen were deemed to be drones. A handful were debris or birds.

Domain awareness

And there was still 171 that they have not assessed what it is. And so this work has to be done. If we’re going to have domain awareness, if we’re going to have aerial dominance, if we want to make sure that our adversaries aren’t spying on us, or using new technologies, or have aircraft that we don’t even know how it functions or how fast it is or how effective it is, that is a national security risk.

UAP have been reported by Navy pilots unlike anything they have ever witnessed.
Image credit: Enigma Labs/Lt. Cmdr. Alex Dietrich

And so knowing what these aircraft are is essential. And the military, unfortunately, just hasn’t been doing that work. They have just assumed they are nonadversarial because of how they fly or how they function. But I think knowing whether you are being spied on through different kinds of technology is essential to our national security.

So this office is up and running. I’m working with colleagues to make sure it’s fully funded. We’re pushing the Biden administration and the military to ask for full funding this year. And I think it’s vital.

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