Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby last night issued a Statement on the UAP (Unidentified Aerial Phenomena) Task Force intelligence assessment.
Pentagon Press Statement, 25 June 2021: Today the Director of National Intelligence delivered to Congress a preliminary assessment on unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) and the progress that the Intelligence Community and the Department of Defense UAP Task Force has made in understanding this threat.
Analysing UAP is a collaborative effort involving many departments and agencies, and the Department thanks the Office of the Director of National Intelligence for leading a collaborative effort to produce this assessment, as well as the other contributing departments and agencies.
Incursions into our training ranges and designated airspace pose safety of flight and operations security concerns, and may pose national security challenges. DoD takes reports of incursions – by any aerial object, identified or unidentified – very seriously, and investigates each one.
The report submitted today highlights the challenges associated with assessing UAP occurring on or near DoD training ranges and installations. The report also identified the need to make improvements in processes, policies, technologies, and training to improve our ability to understand UAP.
To that end, Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks today directed the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security to develop a plan to formalise the mission currently performed by the UAPTF.
This plan will be developed in coordination with various DoD components, including the military departments and the combatant commands, and with ODNI and other interagency partners. The plan will establish procedures for synchronising collection, reporting and analysis of UAP; provide recommendations for securing military test and training ranges; and identify requirements for the establishment and operation of a new follow-on DoD activity to lead the effort, including its alignment, resources, staffing, authorities, and a timeline for implementation.
You can find the ODNI UAP assessment report on dni.gov (link to Unclassified 9-page PDF).
Editor’s Note: The Executive Summary highlights the following five points:-
- The limited amount of high-quality reporting on unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) hampers our ability to draw firm conclusions about the nature or intent of UAP.
- In a limited number of incidents, UAP reportedly appeared to exhibit unusual flight characteristics. These observations could be the result of sensor errors, spoofing, or observer misperception and require additional rigorous analysis.
- There are probably multiple types of UAP requiring different explanations based on the range of appearances and behaviours described in the available reporting.
- UAP clearly pose a safety of flight issue and may pose a challenge to US national security.
- Consistent consolidation of reports from across the federal government, standardised reporting, increased collection and analysis, and a streamlined process for screening all such reports against a broad range of relevant USG data will allow for a more sophisticated analysis of UAP that is likely to deepen our understanding.