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A request for the Pentagon to brief Congress on all it knows about unidentified flying objects within 180 days has reportedly been included in the 5,593-page coronavirus funding relief bill that US President Donald Trump signed on Sunday.
The Senate Intelligence Committee said in the comment that it 'directs the [director of national intelligence], in consultation with the Secretary of Defense and the heads of such other agencies ... 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'.
The report must address 'observed airborne objects that have not been identified' and should include a 'detailed analysis of unidentified phenomena data collected by: a. geospatial intelligence; b. signals intelligence; c. human intelligence; and d. measurement and signals intelligence.'
The report must also contain '[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 ... and an assessment of whether this unidentified aerial phenomena activity may be attributed to one or more foreign adversaries.'
A Defense Department spokesperson told The New York Post, which reported on the news, that they were aware of the request.
"We are aware that the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence committee report on the Intelligence Authorisation Act for fiscal 2021 included a requirement for the Director of National Intelligence, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, to submit a report on unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs) within 180 days of enactment."
"It's now fair to say that the request for an unclassified report on the UAP phenomenon enjoys the support of both parties in both Houses of Congress," Christopher Mellon, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and former staff Director of the United States Senate Intelligence Committee told The Debrief.
"Assuming the Executive Branch honours this important request, the nation will at long last have an objective basis for assessing the validity of the issue and its national security implications. This is an extraordinary and long overdue opportunity."
The request for more information follows the Pentagon publishing three videos in April from the Navy showing unidentified objects.
Nick Pope, who ran the 'UFO office' of the UK's Ministry of Defence, told The Post: "I welcome this move, which shows how seriously the phenomenon is being taken in the intelligence community."
Pope said that 'the Pentagon's Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force is probably already drafting the report for DNI to send to the Senate Intelligence Committee.'
"Questions remain about what the report will say and how much can ever be made public, given the highly classified nature of some of the material, but this is a step in the right direction."
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