Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena – scientific research: US DOD Office of Inspector General’s UAP related report


New project

 On 3 May 2021, the United States’ Department of Defense Office of Inspector General announced a new project,Evaluation of the DOD’s Actions regarding the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena.” 

“The objective of this evaluation is to determine the extent to which the DOD has taken actions regarding Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP)…”

A classified report was issued on 15 August 2023, then an unclassified summary copy of the report was issued 25 January 2024.

The 16-page 2024 document provides a brief historical background of DOD’s interest in UAP since 1947. It then goes on to provide details of Congressional actions between 2019 and 2023 via various National Defense Authorization Acts.

The review

The review found, inter alia, that:

1. “The DOD does not have a comprehensive, coordinated approach to addressing UAP.”

2. “The DOD hasn’t issued a comprehensive UAP response Plan.”

3. “DOD components have largely excluded geographic combatant commands in UAP processes.”

4. “DOD components developed varying processes to detect and report UAP incidents.”

5. “The DOD/s lack of a comprehensive, coordinated approach to address UAP may pose a threat to military forces and US national security.”


A number of recommendations were made:

1. That the Under Secretary of Defense for Security and Intelligence, and the All-Domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO) coordinate to issue a DOD policy to “integrate Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena roles, responsibilities, requirements, and coordinating procedures…”

2. That while awaiting action 1 above, that the Secretary of the Army issue interim guidance for Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena.

3. Likewise, that the Secretary of the navy issue interim guidance o for Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena.

4. Likewise for the US Air Force.

5, “We recommend that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff issue guidance to the geographic combatant commands regarding Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena detection, reporting, collection, analyzing and identification within their area of responsibility. At a minimum the guidance should include tools to help commands determine the threat posed by Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena.”

Pentagon briefing

On the 25 January 2024, Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary Sabrina Singh was asked a UAP related question during her briefing. The question was:

“And then separately, on the – the DOD Inspector General report about UAP, said that there wasn’t a comprehensive plan for dealing with UAP and that could pose a security threat. Any response to that?”

To which the response was:

“In terms of the UAP report, I -I’m sorry, I just have to take that question.”

Which means that a response will be provided later, to the individual who asked the question.

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