Lawmakers Says U.S. Powerless To Stop UFOs, As Classified Briefings Start

( After classified briefings with Pentagon officials, some lawmakers are beginning to express their dissatisfaction with the slow progress on the implementation of an office to investigate UFOs.

Four months ago, Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act that included the creation of the Anomaly Surveillance and Resolution Office in the Pentagon. This office, which is supposed to be fully operational next month, will pursue resources, capabilities, assets, or processes to investigate “unidentified aerial phenomena,” or UFOs.

At Congress’ direction, Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks ordered the creation of the Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group to oversee the establishment of the office required by the NDAA.

The legislation, signed by the president, requires annual reports and semiannual briefings for Congress, describing all UFO incidents like those “associated with military nuclear assets, including strategic nuclear weapons and nuclear-powered ships and submarines.”

In recent weeks, members of both the Senate Intelligence and Armed Services committees received classified briefings from the Pentagon on its progress in establishing the Anomaly Surveillance and Resolution Office.

But the sponsors of the recent legislation, including New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, believe the DoD isn’t moving quickly enough. They are demanding more analysts and surveillance systems focusing on determining the origin of UFOs.

Gillibrand has called it “an urgent issue” that the Pentagon needs to take more seriously.

An aide for Senator Gillibrand told Politico this week that the Pentagon has had “ample time to implement these important provisions” and must show Congress that the DoD is “prepared to address this issue in the long-term.”

An aide for Florida Senator Marco Rubio told Politico that the Pentagon isn’t aggressively carrying out Congress’ direction. The aide said the DoD hasn’t moved fast enough nor has it shared enough information with Congress.

Tennessee Republican Congressman Tim Burchett, a member of the House Transportation Aviation subcommittee also accused the DoD of being part of a cover-up to withhold the truth about UFOs. Burchett said even from the public evidence it is clear that the US does not “have full control of our airspace.”