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

“There’s been a total lack of focus across the national security apparatus to actually get at what’s happening here,” said Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.). | Leah Millis-Pool/Getty Images 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,…

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

Updated: September 25, 2021 — 10:26 am