May 7, 2021

11.25.20 Intelligence Authorization Act

If you have not read the 2021 version of the ‘Intelligence Authorization Act we may be able to save you a little time. There’s quite a bit to it, but the part that matters to us is ‘Advanced Aerial Threats’.  So here you have it straight from Senate Intelligence:

Advanced Aerial Threats

The Committee supports the efforts of the Unidentified 

Aerial Phenomenon Task Force at the Office of Naval 

Intelligence to standardize collection and reporting on 

unidentified aerial phenomenon, any links they have to 

adversarial foreign governments, and the threat they pose to 

U.S. military assets and installations. However, the Committee 

remains concerned that there is no unified, comprehensive 

process within the Federal Government for collecting and 

analyzing intelligence on unidentified aerial phenomena, 

despite the potential threat. The Committee understands that 

the relevant intelligence may be sensitive; nevertheless, the 

Committee finds that the information sharing and coordination 

across the Intelligence Community has been inconsistent, and 

this issue has lacked attention from senior leaders.

    Therefore, the Committee directs the DNI, in consultation 

with the Secretary of Defense and the heads of such other 

agencies as the Director and Secretary jointly consider 

relevant, to submit a report within 180 days of the date of 

enactment of the Act, to the congressional intelligence and 

armed services committees on unidentified aerial phenomena 

(also known as “anomalous aerial vehicles”), including 

observed airborne objects that have not been identified.

    The Committee further directs the report to include:

          1. A detailed analysis of unidentified aerial 

        phenomena data and intelligence reporting collected or 

        held by the Office of Naval Intelligence, including 

        data and intelligence reporting held by the 

        Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force;

          2. A detailed analysis of unidentified phenomena data 

        collected by:

            a. geospatial intelligence;

            b. signals intelligence;

            c. human intelligence; and

            d. measurement and signals intelligence;

          3. A detailed analysis of data of the FBI, which was 

        derived from investigations of intrusions of 

        unidentified aerial phenomena data over restricted 

        United States airspace;

          4. A detailed description of an interagency process 

        for ensuring timely data collection and centralized 

        analysis of all unidentified aerial phenomena reporting 

        for the Federal Government, regardless of which service 

        or agency acquired the information;

          5. Identification of an official accountable for the 

        process described in paragraph 4;

          6. Identification of potential aerospace or other 

        threats posed by the unidentified aerial phenomena to 

        national security, and an assessment of whether this 

        unidentified aerial phenomena activity may be 

        attributed to one or more foreign adversaries;

          7. Identification of any incidents or patterns that 

        indicate a potential adversary may have achieved 

        breakthrough aerospace capabilities that could put 

        United States strategic or conventional forces at risk; 

        and

          8. Recommendations regarding increased collection of 

        data, enhanced research and development, and additional 

        funding and other resources.

    The report shall be submitted in unclassified form, but may 

include a classified annex.

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