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Glossary of Terms, People & Acronyms
Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program [AATIP]
AATIP was a secretive program within the United States Department of Defense that was established in 2007 to investigate reports of unidentified flying objects (UFOs). AATIP’s existence was not publicly acknowledged until December 2017, when the New York Times published an article about the program and its investigations written by Leslie Kean, Ralph Bumenthal, and Helene Cooper. Luis Elizondo was the former director of AATIP before he resigned in protest in 2017.
All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office [AARO]
AARO is an office within the United States Office of the Secretary of Defense that investigates unidentified flying objects (UFOs) and other phenomena in the air, sea, and/or space and/or on land: sometimes referred to as “unidentified aerial phenomena,” “unidentified anomalous phenomena,” or “U.A.P.” AARO was preceded by The Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force.
Gang of Eight
The Gang of Eight is a term used to refer to a group of eight high-ranking members of the United States Congress who are briefed on classified intelligence activities by the executive branch. The group consists of the majority and minority leaders of both the Senate and the House of Representatives, as well as the chairs and ranking members of the Senate and House Intelligence Committees. The Gang of Eight is typically briefed on matters such as covert operations, surveillance activities, and other sensitive national security issues that cannot be disclosed to the general public. The purpose of the Gang of Eight is to provide oversight and accountability for these activities, ensuring that they are conducted in accordance with the law and in the best interests of national security.
National Defense Authorization Act [NDAA]
The NDAA refers to the National Defense Authorization Act, a United States federal law that is passed annually by Congress and signed by the President to authorize the funding and operations of the Department of Defense and the national security programs of the United States.
The NDAA sets funding levels and policy guidance for the Department of Defense and its various agencies, as well as other national security-related programs, such as intelligence activities, military construction projects, and other defense-related activities. The law typically includes provisions related to military personnel and benefits, weapons systems, research and development, and other defense-related matters.
The NDAA is one of the most important pieces of legislation related to national security, and is considered a “must-pass” bill each year. The law is typically passed with broad bipartisan support, and includes input from both the executive branch and Congress.
Office of the Director of National Intelligence [ODNI]
The ODNI is a senior-level agency that provides oversight to the Intelligence Community.The U.S. Intelligence Community is a coalition of 18 agencies and organizations, including the ODNI, within the Executive Branch that work both independently and collaboratively to gather and analyze the intelligence necessary to conduct foreign relations and national security activities.
Special Access Programs [SAPs]
Special Access Programs (SAPs) are highly classified programs or projects within the United States government that are created to protect sensitive information related to national security. These programs are established to safeguard the most sensitive and closely held information that is not releasable to the public, even under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
Access to SAPs is strictly controlled and limited to individuals who have been granted security clearances at the highest levels. These clearances are typically granted only to individuals who have a need-to-know the information to carry out their official duties, and who have undergone extensive background investigations and security screenings.
SAPs can cover a wide range of activities, including intelligence operations, military operations, research and development, and other sensitive activities. The programs are managed by various government agencies, including the Department of Defense, the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, and others.
Because of their sensitive nature, the details of SAPs are not publicly disclosed, and even the existence of certain SAPs may not be acknowledged by the government. The use of SAPs is authorized by the President of the United States, and their creation and management is overseen by Congress and other oversight bodies to ensure that they are being used in accordance with the law and in the best interests of national security.