Currently, Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks, in shut collaboration with the Director of Countrywide Intelligence, directed the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence & Safety to set up within the Office environment of the USD(I&S) the Airborne Object Identification and Administration Synchronization Group (AOIMSG) as the successor to the U.S. Navy’s Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Process Pressure. The AOIMSG will synchronize efforts across the Office and the broader U.S. federal government to detect, determine and attribute objects of passions in Particular Use Airspace (SUA), and to assess and mitigate any related threats to basic safety of flight and national protection. To provide oversight of the AOIMSG, the Deputy Secretary also directed the USD(I&S) to guide an Airborne Object Identification and Administration Govt Council (AOIMEXEC) to be comprised of DoD and Intelligence Neighborhood membership, and to give a venue for U.S. government interagency representation.
Incursions by any airborne object into our SUA pose security of flight and operations safety concerns, and might pose nationwide safety issues. DOD takes experiences of incursions – by any airborne item, identified or unknown – quite significantly, and investigates every single one. This final decision is the end result of planning efforts and collaboration performed by OUSD(I&S) and other DoD things at the path of Deputy Secretary Hicks, to address the issues involved with evaluating UAP taking place on or near DOD instruction ranges and installations highlighted in the DNI preliminary evaluation report submitted to Congress in June 2021. The report also discovered the require to make improvements in procedures, procedures, systems, and teaching to increase our ability to realize UAP.
In coming weeks, the Department will situation applying assistance, which will include additional specifics on the AOIMSG Director, organizational framework, authorities, and resourcing.