A latest draft invoice for the Nationwide Protection Authorization Act for fiscal yr 2023 included language clarifying the definition of UFO for official functions; language which some are saying suggests there are UFOs that aren’t of any earthly origin.
The invoice was posted on-line final July by the Senate Choose Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) following approval in a closed-door session the month prior, and first got here to the eye of the UFO group after being lined within the weblog of UFO researcher Douglas Dean Johnson.
Nonetheless, particular consideration to the implications of the brand new language defining UFOs got here on account of an opinion piece written for The Hill by Marik von Rennenkampff.
Rennenkampff served as an analyst with the U.S. Division of State’s Bureau of Worldwide Safety and Nonproliferation, in addition to an Obama administration appointee on the U.S. Division of Protection.
In his opinion piece, Rennenkampff makes the argument that the brand new language implies Congress believes a minimum of some UFOs are of non-human origin.
The argument refers particularly to the brand new definition for UFOs launched within the invoice, which changed unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP)—the present authorities nomenclature for UFOs—with unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena (UAUP).
In response to the invoice:
“(8) The time period ‘unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena’—
airborne objects that aren’t instantly identifiable;
transmedium objects or units [defined as any object or device observed to transition between space and the atmosphere, or between the atmosphere and bodies of water]; and
submerged objects or units that aren’t instantly identifiable and that show habits or efficiency traits suggesting that the objects or units could also be associated to the objects or units described in subparagraph (A) or (B); and
(B) doesn’t embrace momentary nonattributed objects or these which can be positively recognized as man-made.”
In a report on the invoice, the Choose Committee on Intelligence expounded upon their expectations concerning the brand new definition.
“The formal [Department of Defense (DoD)] and Intelligence Group definition of the phrases utilized by the [Office to Address Unidentified Aerospace-Undersea Phenomena] shall be up to date to incorporate area and undersea, and the scope of the Workplace shall be inclusive of these extra domains with give attention to addressing know-how shock and ‘unknown unknowns.,’” the report reads. “Non permanent nonattributed objects, or these which can be positively recognized as man-made after evaluation, shall be handed to applicable workplaces and shouldn’t be thought-about underneath the definition as unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena.”
As Rennenkampff factors out, the exclusion of objects which can be “positively recognized as man-made” would appear to point that what Congress is excited about are objects which can be non-human in origin.
“Over the past seven many years, most UFO sightings concerned ‘man-made’ objects, corresponding to misidentified plane, balloons, satellites or drones. But now, based on Congress, ‘man-made’ objects ‘shouldn’t be thought-about underneath the definition as unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena,'” he wrote. “[…] This suggests that members of the Senate Intelligence Committee imagine (on a unanimous, bipartisan foundation) that some UFOs have non-human origins. In any case, why would Congress set up and job a robust new workplace with investigating non-’man-made’ UFOs if such objects didn’t exist?”
The UFO phenomenon is one thing that Congress has seemingly been taking critically of late, and this newest Nationwide Protection Authorization Act comes within the wake of low congressional confidence within the DoD’s investigative efforts into UFOs.
In the identical report talked about above, the Choose Committee on Intelligence famous, “At a time when cross-domain transmedium threats to United States nationwide safety are increasing exponentially, the Committee is disillusioned with the sluggish tempo of DoD-led efforts to ascertain the workplace to deal with these threats.”
Following the discharge final yr of the Workplace of the Director of Nationwide Intelligence’s a lot anticipated preliminary evaluation report on UFOs, many within the intelligence group had been vital of what they noticed as its failure to supply any concrete explanations for a lot of the incidents analyzed, particularly in mild of considerations surrounding secret Russian or Chinese language know-how.
The Pentagon then promised to overtake the duty power accountable for investigating UFOs, which led to the Airborne Object Identification and Administration Group (AOIMSG), which turned the All-domain Anomaly Decision Workplace (AARO) following an announcement final month (simply after the general public launch of the draft invoice talked about above) that the DoD could be increasing their efforts to analyze UFOs because of the enactment of the Nationwide Protection Authorization Act for fiscal yr 2022.
Congress’s rising curiosity in UFOs was not too long ago displayed throughout a Home Intelligence subcommittee listening to held final Could on the topic—the primary of its form in over 50 years.
The congressional listening to gave lawmakers the chance to query the Pentagon concerning the difficulty of UFOs and for presidency officers to clarify their present place and description plans to analyze the difficulty additional.
There have been few mentions of extraterrestrials through the listening to—though the Pentagon did categorical a specific curiosity in stories which embrace uncommon flight traits, corresponding to unimaginable velocity, transmedium capabilities, and undetectable technique of propulsion.
Congressional curiosity in UFOs has elevated dramatically for the reason that existence of the Pentagon’s Superior Aviation Risk Identification Program (AATIP)—which reportedly ran from 2007 till 2012—was publicly revealed in 2017.
Curiosity continued to swell and, in 2019, a number of senators—together with Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), the then vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee—acquired briefings on encounters between Navy pilots and UFOs.
Then, in 2020, the Senate Intelligence Committee, led on the time by Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), included a directive of their Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Yr 2021 ordering the Director of Nationwide Intelligence (DNI)—in session with the Secretary of Protection—to create a report concerning “unidentified aerial phenomena.”
That invoice led to the creation of the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Process Power (UAPTF); the group accountable for creating the preliminary evaluation report in 2021.