The US Senate Committee on Armed Services has announced an open hearing on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) scheduled for April 19. This groundbreaking event, confirmed by press secretary Cole Stevens, aims to address the growing concerns surrounding the increasing number of UAP incidents and to push for greater transparency and funding for UAP investigations.
Dr. Sean Kirkpatrick, head of the All-Domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO), will be speaking at the hearing, which will be conducted by the Emerging Threats and Capabilities subcommittee. This announcement comes after Democrat Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, chair of AARO, publicly criticized the Department of Defense for not providing funds for the AARO for the second consecutive year.
Gillibrand stated that “the lack of full funding for AARO is a significant concern. We need to ensure that our government is taking the UAP issue seriously and dedicating the necessary resources to improve our understanding and response capabilities.” She has been pushing for more funding for the AARO and greater openness from the Department of Defense regarding UAP incidents.
In recent years, the Pentagon has taken steps to investigate military sightings of UFOs, resulting in the release of hundreds of classified reports, suggesting that Earth may not be the only planet with intelligent life. In May 2022, two top Pentagon officials, Ronald Moultrie and Scott Bray, appeared before the US House of Representatives’ intelligence subcommittee and showcased declassified UFO videos. They revealed that reports of UFOs have been frequent and on the rise for more than a decade, with some sightings remaining unexplained.
Despite these revelations, the US Navy announced last year that it would not release any more unseen UFO videos to the public, as doing so would harm national security. Gregory Cason, deputy director of the Navy’s FOIA office, explained that releasing this information could provide adversaries with valuable intel regarding Department of Defense and Navy operations, vulnerabilities, and capabilities.
The upcoming open hearing on UAPs signifies a crucial turning point for lawmakers and officials, providing an opportunity to discuss the importance of funding the AARO and addressing the growing concerns about UAPs over US airspace. As the issue gains traction in both government and public spheres, the hearing may shed light on the challenges and potential solutions surrounding this enigmatic phenomenon.
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