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You know how it goes in Hollywood. Aliens invade, everyone panics, the US saves the world.
The US Department of Defense (DoD) has released a statement regarding a previously classified report examining the effectiveness of the nation to respond to the threat of unidentified anomalous phenomena (UAP), formerly UFOs.
His comments helped prompt an official congressional hearing into the issue, during which Mr Grusch and two other former military personnel shared their experiences of UAP.
In July 2022, the Pentagon also set up the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO), to handle reports of UAP.
However, the Office of Inspector General (OIG), has questioned the abilities of the nation to organise and defend itself in a summary of the classified report, ‘Evaluation of the DoD’s Actions Regarding Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena’, first issued in August.
The statement says the OIG ‘found that the DoD’s lack of a comprehensive, coordinated approach to address UAP may pose a threat to military forces and national security’.
It added: ‘The DoD OIG found that the DoD does not have a comprehensive, coordinated approach to address UAP.
The US has released a number of videos revealing UAP (Picture: AARO/SWNS)
‘For instance, the DoD OIG determined that the DoD has no overarching UAP policy and, as a result, it lacks assurance that national security and flight safety threats to the United States from UAP have been identified and mitigated.’
Inspector General Robert P Storch said: ‘Given the significant public interest in how the DoD is addressing UAPs, we are releasing this unclassified summary to be as transparent as possible with the American people about our oversight work on this important issue.’
To address the issues identified in the report, the DoD OIG say they have made 11 recommendations to the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security, in coordination with the Director of the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office, the Secretaries of the Army, Navy, and Air Force, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
They said: ‘For example, the DoD OIG recommended that the DoD issue a policy to integrate roles, responsibilities, requirements, and coordination procedures regarding UAP into existing intelligence, counterintelligence, and force protection policies and procedures.’
That sounds a lot more complicated, and frankly less comforting, than ‘Don’t worry, Will Smith is on the case’.