The Intelligence Authorization Act for fiscal year 2022 for intelligence-related activities of the United States Government is fresh out of the printing press and it includes more funding and responsibilities for the newly-created Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF).
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SEC 345 is of particular interest to us since it goes over the assigned duties and requirements the UAPTF is expected to meet in 2022. In the bill, the UAP task force is mandated to submit a quarterly report to members of Congress regarding all UFO activities and events occurring every 3 months. All intelligence and defense agencies are also instructed to liaise with the UAPTF and turn over their UFO data for further study.
Most surprising of all is that a new player in the government's official UFO investigative arm is identified in the document. According to section 345, the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) will share in the burden of assessing and analyzing UFO reports in conjunction with the UAPTF.
A quick Google search reveals that NASIC is an Air Force unit responsible for "analyzing military intelligence on foreign air and space forces, weapons, and systems." But get this - the outfit's headquarters are located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the putative storehouse of every alien body and craft that have ever found themselves in the unfortunate position of having to crash-land on our planet. Anyways, the relevant portion of the bill is quoted below for your convenience.
SEC. 345. Support for and oversight of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force.
(a) Definitions.—In this section:
(1) APPROPRIATE COMMITTEES OF CONGRESS.—The term “appropriate committees of Congress” includes:
(A) The congressional intelligence committees.
(B) The Committee on Armed Services of the Senate.
(C) The Committee on Armed Services of the House of Representatives.
(2) UNIDENTIFIED AERIAL PHENOMENA TASK FORCE.—The term “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force” means the task force established by the Department of Defense on August 4, 2020, to be led by the Department of the Navy, under the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security.
(b) Availability of data on unidentified aerial phenomena.—The Director of National Intelligence and the Secretary of Defense shall each, in coordination with each other, require each element of the intelligence community and the Department of Defense with data relating to unidentified aerial phenomena to make such data available immediately to the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force and to the National Air and Space Intelligence Center.
(c) Quarterly reports to Congress.—
(1) IN GENERAL.—Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act and not less frequently than quarterly thereafter, the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force, or such other entity as the Deputy Secretary of Defense may designate to be responsible for matters relating to unidentified aerial phenomena, shall submit to the appropriate committees of Congress quarterly reports on the findings of the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force, or such other designated entity as the case may be.
(2) CONTENTS.—Each report submitted under paragraph (1) shall include, at a minimum, the following:
(A) All reported unidentified aerial phenomena-related events that occurred during the previous 90 days.
(B) All reported unidentified aerial phenomena-related events that occurred during a time period other than the previous 90 days but were not included in an earlier report.
(3) FORM.—Each report submitted under paragraph (1) shall be submitted in classified form.
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Text for S.2610 - 117th Congress (2021-2022): Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022