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'A total lack of focus': Lawmaker on a mission to compel Pentagon to take UFOs seriously

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Those who want to know if the truth is out there have a new champion in Congress. And he has an urgent message for the Pentagon: it's time to take UFOs seriously.

Arizona Democrat and Iraq War veteran Rep. Ruben Gallego this week pushed through legislation in the House requiring a permanent office under the secretary of Defense to oversee "the timely and consistent reporting" of what the military calls "unidentified aerial phenomena." And it must share what it learns with Congress at least once a year.

"There's been a total lack of focus across the national security apparatus to actually get at what's happening here," Gallego, who chairs the Armed Services Subcommittee on Intelligence and Special Operations, said in his first extensive interview on the bill. "I think there has been kind of a partial pastime of curiosity seekers that are within the Department of Defense but there has not been any professional initiative across the defense enterprise ... so that we can actually make some deliberate and knowledgeable decisions."

The provision, which was adopted Thursday as part of the National Defense Authorization Act, requires the new office to be established within 180 days.

One of its main tasks will be "to synchronize and standardize the collection, reporting, and analysis of incidents regarding unidentified aerial phenomena across the Department of Defense," according to the legislation.

The provision, which must now be adopted by the Senate, also says the military must try to determine whether UAPs have links to foreign adversaries, including "non-state actors," and whether they might pose a threat.

There has been a growing number of reports in recent years from Navy pilots and other military personnel of highly advanced craft of unknown origin violating protected airspace, some of them maneuvering in ways that seem to defy known aerodynamics.

The revelations sparked a series of classified briefings to members of Congress. A public report that was required in last year's intelligence bill concluded in a "preliminary assessment" in June that the military and intelligence agencies do not have enough information to make any firm conclusions about more than 100 such........

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