Sen. Gillibrand Introduces Amendment to Defense Bill to Study UAPs/UFOs

Sen. Gillibrand Introduces Amendment to Defense Bill to Study UAPs/UFOs


Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has submitted an amendment for inclusion in the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act to establish an “Anomaly Surveillance and Resolution Office” to study UAPs/UFOs.

Sen. Gillibrand proposes new office to take over Navy’s work in studying UAPs/UFOs

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced a proposal titled: “Establishment of Structure and Authorities to Address Unidentified Aerial Phenomena.” It outlines a detailed plan for the establishment of an Anomaly Surveillance and Resolution Office (ASRO) and its operation, The Debrief reported.

The new office would assume the responsibilities of the Navy-led Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force, the Washington Examiner reported.

The goal of the new office is to develop procedures that synchronize and standardize the collection, reporting, and analysis of UAP-related phenomena across the government, intelligence agencies, as well as better coordinate with US allies, to “assess the nature and extent” of UAP, Yahoo reported.

If the amendment passes, the new office will be required to submit an annual report about its findings annually to Congress no later than October 31 each year, until 2026.

Why the new office is important and game-changing to the study of UFOs/UAPs

Under the proposal submitted by Gillibrand, the Department of Defense and the intelligence community both would be required to formalize their handling of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena.

The “anomaly office” would be supported by a new “Aerial and Transmedium Phenomena Advisory Committee” made up of individuals from government and private sectors. Three members of this committee would be chosen by the NASA administrator and three by the head of Harvard University’s Galileo Project for the Systematic Scientific Search for Evidence of Extraterrestrial Technological Artifacts (presently led by Professor Avi Loeb).

Why this is a big deal is because the new Anomaly Office would have access to resources and capabilities across the US government, intelligence, and military, and that information would be moved to a “central repository.” The office would share information with allies. Further, the office would be required to provide regular public reports on what it found, including “adverse physiological effects” experienced by government or military personnel during encounters.

One aim behind the central repository is to reduce stigma among government and military personnel, as well as enforce compliance, particularly reporting by the Air Force, which has traditionally been reluctant to report anomalies and incidents.

Additionally, the office is required to provide the “number of reported incidents, and descriptions thereof, of unidentified aerial phenomena associated with military nuclear assets, including strategic nuclear weapons and nuclear-powered ships and submarines.” There is a similar requirement for reporting UAP/UFO-related incidents at civilian nuclear sites.

Reading between the lines: What Gillibrand’s language implies the government may already know

Gillibrand sits on the intelligence and armed services committees and, therefore, has received classified briefings and imagery on UAPs/UFOs.

In the aforementioned request that reports provide “adverse physiological effects,” suggests concern that adverse health effects after close exposure to reported UAPs/UFOs must have occurred, or else why make it a requirement?

Another reference implicit is a belief that those in the U.S. government and military who have previously studied these UAPs/UFOs are confident the craft are not of U.S., Chinese, or Russian origin.