Unidentified Aerospace-Undersea Phenomena Joint Program Office [UAP JPO]

Mendel

Senior Member.
The Unidentified Aerospace-Undersea Phenomena Joint Program Office [UAP JPO] appears to be the latest DoD UFO program; here's an overview (not including AAWSAP/AATIP):
Article:
June 2020:
Advanced Aerial Threat Assessment Act within the Intelligence Authorization Act
https://www.intelligence.senate.gov/publications/intelligence-authorization-act-fiscal-year-2021

August 4, 2020
Formation of UAPTF
https://www.defense.gov/News/Releas...-of-unidentified-aerial-phenomena-task-force/

First public reveal of AATIP.

November 2021:
Replacement of UAPTF with AOIMSG
https://www.defense.gov/News/Releas...the-airborne-object-identification-and-manag/

July 2022:
Replacement of AOIMSG with AARO All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office, under the Undersecretary of Defense
https://www.defense.gov/News/Releas...-of-the-all-domain-anomaly-resolution-office/


And now we have the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023 replacing AOIMSG with UAP JPO:

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Article:
The fullest expression of the potential legislative response is on display in the Fiscal Year 2023 Intelligence Authorization Act (IAA) (S. 4503), posted online July 14, 2022 by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI). The committee approved the bill on June 23, 2022, in a closed-door session. The 138-page bill contains 31 pages of revamped and expanded UAP-related requirements. These include provisions crafted to elicit fuller cooperation by the Director of National Intelligence and all intelligence agencies, and creation of a "secure system" to encourage current or past government and contractor employees with UFO data to channel that information to the central UAP office, and ultimately to Congress, without incurring legal jeopardy or risking job reprisals.


I think this is the full text as relates to UAP, from https://www.intelligence.senate.gov...on-act-fiscal-year-2023-reported-july-12-2022 .

SEC. 703. MODIFICATION OF REQUIREMENT FOR OFFICE TO ADDRESS UNIDENTIFIED AEROSPACE-UNDERSEA PHENOMENA.​


(a) In General.--Section 1683 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022 (50 U.S.C. 3373) is amended to read as follows:



``SEC. 1683. ESTABLISHMENT OF UNIDENTIFIED AEROSPACE-UNDERSEA PHENOMENA JOINT PROGRAM OFFICE.​


``(a) Establishment of Office.--
``(1) In general.--Not later than 120 days after the date of the enactment of the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023, the Secretary of Defense, in coordination with the Director of National Intelligence, shall establish an office within a component of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, or within a joint organization of the Department of Defense and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, to carry out the duties of the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force, as in effect on December 26, 2021, and such other duties as are required by this section, including those pertaining to--
``(A) transmedium objects or devices and unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena;
``(B) space, atmospheric, and water domains; and
``(C) currently unknown technology and other
domains.
``(2) Designation.--The office established under paragraph (1) shall be known as the `Unidentified Aerospace-Undersea Phenomena Joint Program Office' (in this section referred to as the `Office').

``(b) Director and Deputy Director of the Office.--
``(1) Appointment of director.--The head of the Office shall be the Director of the Unidentified Aerospace-Undersea Phenomena Joint Program Office (in this section referred to as the `Director of the Office'), who shall be appointed by the Secretary of Defense.
``(2) Appointment of deputy director.--There shall be in the Office a Deputy Director of the Unidentified Aerospace-Undersea Phenomena Joint Program Office (in this section referred to as the `Deputy Director of the Office'), who shall be appointed by the Director of National Intelligence.
``(3) Reporting.--(A) The Director of the Office shall report to the Secretary of Defense.
``(B) The Deputy Director of the Office shall report--
``(i) to the Secretary of Defense and the Director of National Intelligence on all administrative matters of the Office; and
``(ii) to the Secretary of Defense on all operational matters of the Office.

``(c) Duties.--The duties of the Office shall include the following:
``(1) Developing procedures to synchronize and standardize the collection, reporting, and analysis of incidents, including adverse physiological effects, regarding unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena across the Department of Defense and the intelligence community, in consultation with the Director of National Intelligence, and submitting a report on such procedures to the congressional defense committees, the congressional intelligence committees, and congressional leadership.
``(2) Developing processes and procedures to ensure that such incidents from each component of the Department and each element of the intelligence community are reported and incorporated in a centralized repository.
``(3) Establishing procedures to require the timely and consistent reporting of such incidents.
``(4) Evaluating links between unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena and adversarial foreign governments, other foreign governments, or nonstate actors.
``(5) Evaluating the threat that such incidents present to the United States.
``(6) Coordinating with other departments and agencies of the Federal Government, as appropriate, including the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Department of Homeland Security, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Energy.
``(7) Coordinating with allies and partners of the United States, as appropriate, to better assess the nature and extent of unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena.
``(8) Preparing reports for Congress, in both classified and unclassified form, including under subsection (j).
``(9) Ensuring that appropriate elements of the intelligence community receive all reports received by the Office regarding a temporary nonattributed object or an object that is positively identified as man-made, including by creating a procedure to ensure that the Office refers such reports to an appropriate element of the intelligence community for distribution among other relevant elements of the intelligence community, in addition to the reports in the repository described in paragraph (2).

``(d) Response to and Field Investigations of Unidentified Aerospace-undersea Phenomena.--
``(1) Designation.--The Secretary, in coordination with the Director of National Intelligence, shall designate one or more line organizations within the Department of Defense and the intelligence community that possess appropriate expertise, authorities, accesses, data, systems, platforms, and capabilities to rapidly respond to, and conduct field investigations of, incidents involving unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena under the direction of the Director of the Office.
``(2) Ability to respond.--The Secretary, in coordination with the Director of National Intelligence, shall ensure that each line organization designated under paragraph (1) has adequate personnel with the requisite expertise, equipment, transportation, and other resources necessary to respond rapidly to incidents or patterns of observations involving unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena of which the Office becomes aware.

``(e) Scientific, Technological, and Operational Analyses of Data on Unidentified Aerospace-undersea Phenomena.--
``(1) Designation.--The Secretary, in coordination with the Director of National Intelligence, shall designate one or more line organizations that will be primarily responsible for scientific, technical, and operational analysis of data gathered by field investigations conducted pursuant to subsection (d) and data from other sources, including with respect to the testing of materials, medical studies, and development of theoretical models, to better understand and explain unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena.
``(2) Authority.--The Secretary and the Director of National Intelligence shall each issue such directives as are necessary to ensure that each line organization designated under paragraph (1) has authority to draw on the special expertise of persons outside the Federal Government with appropriate security clearances.

``(f) Data; Intelligence Collection.--
``(1) Availability of data and reporting on unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena.--The Director of National Intelligence and the Secretary shall each, in coordination with one another, ensure that--
``(A) each element of the intelligence community with data relating to unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena makes such data available immediately to the Office; and
``(B) military and civilian personnel of the Department of Defense or an element of the intelligence community, and contractor personnel of the Department or such an element, have access to procedures by which the personnel shall report incidents or information, including adverse physiological effects, involving or associated with unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena directly to the Office.
``(2) Intelligence collection and analysis plan.--The Director of the Office, acting on behalf of the Secretary of Defense and the Director of National Intelligence, shall supervise the development and execution of an intelligence collection and analysis plan to gain as much knowledge as possible regarding the technical and operational characteristics, origins, and intentions of unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena, including with respect to the development, acquisition, deployment, and operation of technical collection capabilities necessary to detect, identify, and scientifically characterize unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena.
``(3) Use of resources and capabilities.--In developing the plan under paragraph (2), the Director of the Office shall consider and propose, as the Director of the Office determines appropriate, the use of any resource, capability, asset, or process of the Department and the intelligence community.
``(4) Director of the national geospatial-intelligence agency.--
``(A) Leadership.--The Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency shall lead the collection efforts of the intelligence community with respect to unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena geospatial intelligence.
``(B) Briefings.--Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023 and not less frequently than once every 90 days thereafter, the Director shall brief the congressional defense committees, the congressional intelligence committees, and congressional leadership on the activities of the Director under this paragraph.

``(g) Science Plan.--The Director of the Office, on behalf of the Secretary and the Director of National Intelligence, shall supervise the development and execution of a science plan to develop and test, as practicable, scientific theories to--
``(1) account for characteristics and performance of unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena that exceed the known state of the art in science or technology, including in the areas of propulsion, aerodynamic control, signatures, structures, materials, sensors, countermeasures, weapons, electronics, and power generation; and
``(2) provide the foundation for potential future investments to replicate or otherwise better understand any such advanced characteristics and performance.

``(h) Assignment of Priority.--The Director of National Intelligence, in consultation with, and with the recommendation of the Secretary, shall assign an appropriate level of priority within the National Intelligence Priorities Framework to the requirement to understand, characterize, and respond to unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena.

``(i) Core Group.--Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023, the Director of the Office, the Secretary of Defense, and the Director of National Intelligence shall jointly establish a core group within the Office that shall include, at a minimum, representatives with all relevant and appropriate security clearances from the following:
``(1) The Central Intelligence Agency.
``(2) The National Security Agency.
``(3) The Department of Energy.
``(4) The National Reconnaissance Office.
``(5) The Air Force.
``(6) The Space Force.
``(7) The Defense Intelligence Agency.
``(8) The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

``(j) Annual Reports.--
``(1) Reports from director of national intelligence.--
``(A) Requirement.--Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023, and annually thereafter for 4 years, the Director of National Intelligence, in consultation with the Secretary, shall submit to the appropriate congressional committees a report on unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena.
``(B) Elements.--Each report under subparagraph (A) shall include, with respect to the year covered by the report, the following information:
``(i) All reported unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena-related events that occurred during the one-year period.
``(ii) All reported unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena-related events that occurred during a period other than that one-year period but were not included in an earlier report.
``(iii) An analysis of data and intelligence received through each reported unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena-related event.
``(iv) An analysis of data relating to unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena collected through--
``(I) geospatial intelligence;
``(II) signals intelligence;
``(III) human intelligence; and
``(IV) measurement and signature intelligence.
``(v) The number of reported incidents of unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena over restricted airspace of the United States during the one-year period.
``(vi) An analysis of such incidents identified under clause (v).
``(vii) Identification of potential aerospace or other threats posed by unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena to the national security of the United States.
``(viii) An assessment of any activity regarding unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena that can be attributed to one or more adversarial foreign governments.
``(ix) Identification of any incidents or patterns regarding unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena that indicate a potential adversarial foreign government may have achieved a breakthrough aerospace capability.
``(x) An update on the coordination by the United States with allies and partners on efforts to track, understand, and address unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena.
``(xi) An update on any efforts underway on the ability to capture or exploit discovered unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena.
``(xii) An assessment of any health related effects for individuals that have encountered unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena.
``(xiii) The number of reported incidents, and descriptions thereof, of unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena associated with military nuclear assets, including strategic nuclear weapons and nuclear-powered ships and submarines.
``(xiv) In consultation with the Administrator for Nuclear Security, the number of reported incidents, and descriptions thereof, of unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena associated with facilities or assets associated with the production, transportation, or storage of nuclear weapons or components thereof.
``(xv) In consultation with the Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the number of reported incidents, and descriptions thereof, of unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena or drones of unknown origin associated with nuclear power generating stations, nuclear fuel storage sites, or other sites or facilities regulated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
``(xvi) The names of the line organizations that have been designated to perform the specific functions under subsections (d) and (e), and the specific functions for which each such line organization has been assigned primary responsibility.
``(C) Form.--Each report submitted under subparagraph (A) shall be submitted in unclassified form, but may include a classified annex.
``(2) Reports from elements of intelligence community.--Not later than one year after the date of enactment of the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023, and annually thereafter, each head of an element of the intelligence community shall submit to the congressional defense committees, the congressional intelligence committees, and congressional leadership a report on the activities of the element of the head undertaken in the past year to support the Office, including a section prepared by the Office that includes a detailed description of the coordination between the Office and the element of the intelligence community, any concerns with such coordination, and any recommendations for improving such coordination.

``(k) Semiannual Briefings.--
``(1) Requirement.--Not later than December 31, 2022, and not less frequently than semiannually thereafter until December 31, 2026, the Director of the Office shall provide to the congressional committees specified in subparagraphs (A), (B), and (D) of subsection (o)(1) classified briefings on unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena.
``(2) First briefing.--The first briefing provided under paragraph (1) shall include all incidents involving unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena that were reported to the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force or to the Office established under subsection (a) after June 24, 2021, regardless of the date of occurrence of the incident.
``(3) Subsequent briefings.--Each briefing provided subsequent to the first briefing described in paragraph (2) shall include, at a minimum, all events relating to unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena that occurred during the previous 180 days, and events relating to unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena that were not included in an earlier briefing.
``(4) Instances in which data was not shared.--For each briefing period, the Director of the Office shall jointly provide to the chairman or chair and the ranking member or vice chairman of the congressional committees specified in subparagraphs (A) and (D) of subsection (o)(1) an enumeration of any instances in which data relating to unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena was not provided to the Office because of classification restrictions on that data or for any other reason.

``(l) Quarterly Briefings.--
``(1) In general.--Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023, and not less frequently than once every 90 days thereafter, the Director of the Office shall provide the congressional defense committees, the congressional intelligence committees, and congressional leadership briefings on unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena events.
``(2) Elements.--The briefings provided under paragraph (1) shall include the following:
``(A) A continuously updated compendium of unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena events.
``(B) Details about each sighting that has occurred within the past 90 days and the status of each sighting's resolution.
``(C) Updates on the Office's collection activities and posture, analysis, and research.

``(m) Authorization of Appropriations.--There is authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary to carry out the work of the Office, including with respect to--
``(1) general intelligence gathering and intelligence analysis; and
``(2) strategic defense, space defense, defense of controlled air space, defense of ground, air, or naval assets, and related purposes.

``(n) Task Force Termination.--Not later than the date on which the Secretary establishes the Office under subsection (a), the Secretary shall terminate the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force.

``(o) Definitions.--In this section:
``(1) The term `appropriate congressional committees' means the following:
``(A) The Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and the House of Representatives.
``(B) The Committees on Appropriations of the Senate and the House of Representatives.
``(C) The Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate and the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives.
``(D) The Select Committee on Intelligence of the Senate and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the House of Representatives.
``(2) The term `congressional defense committees' has the meaning given such term in section 101(a) of title 10, United States Code.
``(3) The term `congressional intelligence committees' has the meaning given such term in section 3 of the National Security Act of 1947 (50 U.S.C. 3003).
``(4) The term `congressional leadership' means--
``(A) the majority leader of the Senate;
``(B) the minority leader of the Senate;
``(C) the Speaker of the House of Representatives; and
``(D) the minority leader of the House of Representatives.
``(5) The term `intelligence community' has the meaning given such term in section 3 of the National Security Act of 1947 (50 U.S.C. 3003).
``(6) The term `line organization' means, with respect to a department or agency of the Federal Government, an organization that executes programs and activities to directly advance the core functions and missions of the department or agency to which the organization is subordinate, but, with respect to the Department of Defense, does not include a component of the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
``(7) The term `transmedium objects or devices' means objects or devices that are--
``(A) observed to transition between space and the atmosphere, or between the atmosphere and bodies of water; and
``(B) not immediately identifiable.
``(8) The term `unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena'--
``(A) means--
``(i) airborne objects that are not immediately identifiable;
``(ii) transmedium objects or devices; and
``(iii) submerged objects or devices that are not immediately identifiable and that display behavior or performance characteristics suggesting that the objects or devices may be related to the objects or devices described in subparagraph (A) or (B); and
``(B) does not include temporary nonattributed objects or those that are positively identified as man-made.''.



(b) Delegation of Duties of Director of National Intelligence.--Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Director of National Intelligence shall select a full-time equivalent employee of the intelligence community and delegate to such employee the responsibilities of the Director under section 1683 of such Act (50 U.S.C. 3373), as amended by subsection (a).

(c) Clerical Amendment.--The table of contents in section 2(b) of such Act is amended by striking the item relating to section 1683 of division A and inserting the following new item:



``Sec. 1683. Establishment of Unidentified Aerospace-Undersea Phenomena Joint Program Office.''.



SEC. 704. UNIDENTIFIED AEROSPACE-UNDERSEA PHENOMENA REPORTING PROCEDURES.​


(a) Authorization for Reporting.--Notwithstanding the terms of any nondisclosure written or oral agreement, order, or other instrumentality or means, that could be interpreted as a legal constraint on reporting by a witness of an unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena, reporting in accordance with the system established under subsection (b) is hereby authorized and shall be deemed to comply with any regulation or order issued under the authority of Executive Order 13526 (50 U.S.C. 3161 note; relating to classified national security information) or chapter 18 of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 (42 U.S.C. 2271 et seq.).

(b) System for Reporting.--
(1) Establishment.--The head of the Office, on behalf of the Secretary of Defense and the Director of National Intelligence, shall establish a secure system for receiving reports of--
(A) any event relating to unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena; and
(B) any Government or Government contractor activity or program related to unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena.
(2) Protection of systems, programs, and activity.--The system established pursuant to paragraph (1) shall serve as a mechanism to prevent unauthorized public reporting or compromise of properly classified military and intelligence systems, programs, and related activity, including all categories and levels of special access and compartmented access programs, current, historical, and future.
(3) Administration.--The system established pursuant to paragraph (1) shall be administered by designated and widely known, easily accessible, and appropriately cleared Department of Defense and intelligence community employees or contractors assigned to the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force or the Office.
(4) Sharing of information.--The system established under paragraph (1) shall provide for the immediate sharing with Office personnel and supporting analysts and scientists of information previously prohibited from reporting under any nondisclosure written or oral agreement, order, or other instrumentality or means, except in cases where the cleared Government personnel administering such system conclude that the preponderance of information available regarding the reporting indicates that the observed object and associated events and activities likely relate to a special access program or compartmented access program that, as of the date of the reporting, has been explicitly and clearly reported to the congressional defense committees and congressional intelligence committees, and is documented as meeting those criteria.
(5) Initial report and publication.--Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the head of the Office, on behalf of the Secretary and the Director, shall--
(A) submit to the congressional intelligence committees, the congressional defense committees, and congressional leadership a report detailing the system established under paragraph (1); and
(B) make available to the public on a website of the Department of Defense information about such system, including clear public guidance for accessing and using such system and providing feedback about the expected timeline to process a report.
(6) Annual reports.--Subsection (j)(1) of section 1683 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022 (50 U.S.C. 3373), as amended by section 703, is further amended--
(A) in subparagraph (A), by inserting ``and congressional leadership'' after ``appropriate congressional committees''; and
(B) in subparagraph (B), by adding at the end the following new clause:
``(xvii) A summary of the reports received using the system established under section 703(b)(1) of the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023.''.

(c) Records of Nondisclosure Agreements.--
(1) Identification of nondisclosure agreements.--The Secretary of Defense, the Director of National Intelligence, the Secretary of Homeland Security, the heads of such other departments and agencies of the Federal Government that have supported investigations of the types of events covered by subparagraph (A) of subsection (b)(1) and activities and programs described in subparagraph (B) of such subsection, and contractors of the Federal Government supporting such activities and programs shall conduct comprehensive searches of all records relating to nondisclosure orders or agreements or other obligations relating to the types of events described in subsection (a) and provide copies of all relevant documents to the Office.
(2) Submittal to congress.--The head of the Office shall--
(A) make the records compiled under paragraph (1) accessible to the congressional intelligence committees, the congressional defense committees, and congressional leadership; and
(B) not later than September 30, 2023, and at least once each fiscal year thereafter through fiscal year 2026, provide to such committees and congressional leadership briefings and reports on such records.

(d) Protection From Liability and Private Right of Action.--
(1) Protection from liability.--It shall not be a violation of any law, and no cause of action shall lie or be maintained in any court or other tribunal against any person, for reporting any information through, and in compliance with, the system established pursuant to subsection (b)(1).
(2) Prohibition on reprisals.--An employee of a Federal agency and an employee of a contractor for the Federal Government who has authority to take, direct others to take, recommend, or approve any personnel action, shall not, with respect to such authority, take or fail to take, or threaten to take or fail to take, a personnel action, including the revocation or suspension of security clearances, with respect to any individual as a reprisal for any reporting as described in paragraph (1).
(3) Private right of action.--In a case in which an employee described in paragraph (2) takes a personnel action against an individual in violation of such paragraph, the individual may bring a private civil action for all appropriate remedies, including injunctive relief and compensatory and punitive damages, against the Government or other employer who took the personnel action, in a Federal district court of competent jurisdiction.

(e) Review by Inspectors General.--Not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Inspector General of the Department of Defense and the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community shall each--
(1) conduct an assessment of the compliance with the requirements of this section and the operation and efficacy of the system established under subsection (b); and
(2) submit to the congressional intelligence committees, the congressional defense committees, and congressional leadership a report on their respective findings with respect to the assessments they conducted under paragraph (1).

(f) Definitions.--In this section:
(1) The term ``congressional defense committees'' has the meaning given such term in section 101(a) of title 10, United States Code.
(2) The term ``congressional leadership'' means--
(A) the majority leader of the Senate;
(B) the minority leader of the Senate;
(C) the Speaker of the House of Representatives; and
(D) the minority leader of the House of Representatives.
(3) The term ``Office'' means the office established under section 1683(a) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022 (50 U.S.C. 3373(a)), as amended by section 703.
(4) The term ``personnel action'' has the meaning given such term in section 1104(a) of the National Security Act of 1947 (50 U.S.C. 3234(a)).
(5) The term ``unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena'' has the meaning given such term in section 1683(o) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022 (50 U.S.C. 3373(o)), as amended by section 703.



SEC. 705. COMPTROLLER GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES COMPILATION OF UNIDENTIFIED AEROSPACE-UNDERSEA PHENOMENA RECORDS.​


(a) Definition of Unidentified Aerospace-undersea Phenomena.--In this section, the term ``unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena'' has the meaning given such term in section 1683(o) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022 (50 U.S.C. 3373(o)), as amended by section 703.

(b) Compilation Required.--Not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General of the United States shall--
(1) commence a review of the records and documents of the intelligence community, oral history interviews, open source analytic analysis, interviews of current and former government officials, classified and unclassified national archives (including those records any third party obtained pursuant to section 552 of title 5, United States Code (commonly known as the ``Freedom of Information Act'' or ``FOIA'')), and such other relevant historical sources as the Comptroller General considers appropriate; and
(2) for the period beginning on January 1, 1947, and ending on the date on which the Comptroller General completes activities under this subsection, compile and itemize a complete historical record of the intelligence community's involvement with unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena, including successful or unsuccessful efforts to identify and track unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena, and any intelligence community efforts to obfuscate, manipulate public opinion, hide, or otherwise provide unclassified or classified misinformation about unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena or related activities, based on the review conducted under paragraph (1).

(c) Report.--
(1) In general.--Not later than 180 days after the date on which the Comptroller General completes the compilation and temization required by subsection (b)(2), the Comptroller General shall submit to Congress a report summarizing the historical record described in such subsection.
(2) Resources.--The report submitted under paragraph (1) shall include citations to the resources relied upon and instructions as to how the resources can be accessed.
(3) Form.--The report submitted under paragraph (1) shall be submitted in unclassified form, but may include a classified annex as necessary.

(d) Cooperation of Intelligence Community.--The heads of elements of the intelligence community whose participation the Comptroller General deems necessary to carry out subsections (b) and (c), including the Director of National Intelligence, the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security, and the Director of the Unidentified Aerospace-Undersea Phenomena Joint Program Office, shall fully cooperate with the Comptroller General and provide to the Comptroller General such information as the Comptroller General determines necessary to carry out such subsections.

(e) Access to Records of the National Archives and Records Administration.--The Archivist of the United States shall make available to the Comptroller General such information maintained by the National Archives and Records Administration, including classified information, as the Comptroller General considers necessary to carry out subsections (b) and (c).
 
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Mendel

Senior Member.
I found these noteworthy:
``(g) Science Plan.--The Director of the Office, on behalf of the Secretary and the Director of National Intelligence, shall supervise the development and execution of a science plan to develop and test, as practicable, scientific theories to--
``(1) account for characteristics and performance of unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena that exceed the known state of the art in science or technology, including in the areas of propulsion, aerodynamic control, signatures, structures, materials, sensors, countermeasures, weapons, electronics, and power generation; and
``(2) provide the foundation for potential future investments to replicate or otherwise better understand any such advanced characteristics and performance.
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This section seems to accept "breakthrough capabilities" as given, and spends money on what we think is essentially woo, i.e. wishful/motivated interpretation of normal phenomena. It's a money pot for "UFO research".

make available to the public on a website of the Department of Defense information about such system, including clear public guidance for accessing and using such system and providing feedback about the expected timeline to process a report.
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I think this means they plan to process reports from the public?

The whole NDA-breaking reporting system deal looks like an adversary's wet dream: the requirements ought to ensure that any foreign stealth or deception technology that is not immediately identified ends up in the reporting system and some itemized congressional report; if the adversary can gain access to that, they have quarterly feedback on whether their stealth/deception programs are working.
 

FatPhil

Senior Member.
I found these noteworthy:
``(g) Science Plan.--The Director of the Office, on behalf of the Secretary and the Director of National Intelligence, shall supervise the development and execution of a science plan to develop and test, as practicable, scientific theories to--
``(1) account for characteristics and performance of unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena that exceed the known state of the art in science or technology, including in the areas of propulsion, aerodynamic control, signatures, structures, materials, sensors, countermeasures, weapons, electronics, and power generation; and
``(2) provide the foundation for potential future investments to replicate or otherwise better understand any such advanced characteristics and performance.
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This section seems to accept "breakthrough capabilities" as given, and spends money on what we think is essentially woo, i.e. wishful/motivated interpretation of normal phenomena. It's a money pot for "UFO research".

Of all the videos I've seen, I've never seen anything that exceeded the known state of the art in science or technology, only sloppy misinterpretations of data. If all they have to do is investigate/replicate all members of the empty set, then it should be a cheap operation. Heck, I'll do that for half what they're currently paying. The layer that will suck up all the money will be the triage layer, which will absorb everything in the LIZ and keep it alive no matter how mundane, and likely, an explanation might also be available.
 

Mendel

Senior Member.
for the period beginning on January 1, 1947, and ending on the date on which the Comptroller General completes activities under this subsection, compile and itemize a complete historical record of the intelligence community's involvement with unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena, including successful or unsuccessful efforts to identify and track unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena, and any intelligence community efforts to obfuscate, manipulate public opinion, hide, or otherwise provide unclassified or classified misinformation about unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena or related activities, based on the review conducted under paragraph (1).
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translation: "is the government hiding stuff from us?"
 

RTM

Member
So does the inclusion of undersea mean they are just being thorough or is someone really pushing the trans-medium craft idea?
 

JMartJr

Senior Member
So does the inclusion of undersea mean they are just being thorough or is someone really pushing the trans-medium craft idea?
Wouldn't be surprised. The meme of "UFOnauts are hiding in underwater bases" has been increasingly visible on some of the paranormal/conspiracy boards I keep tabs on.
 
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