ASA is refining the responsibilities of its newly announced Director of Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena (UAP, also known as UFOs) Research position as it processes the recommendations of an independent study team, NASA Science Mission Directorate Press Secretary Katherine Rohloff said on Friday, APA reports citing Sputnik.
On Thursday, the independent study team on UAP released recommendations to NASA, urging further research and interagency cooperation on the matter. NASA also announced the creation of a new Director of UAP Research position, which will be held by former NASA-Pentagon liaison Mark McInerney.
“We are continuing to refine Mark’s role as the director of UAP research, as well as digesting the study team’s report and findings,” Rohloff said in a statement to Sputnik, when asked whether McInerney will be responsible for cooperating with international partners to analyze UAP.
McInerney will centralize communications, resources and analytical capabilities to create a database for the future evaluation of UAP, NASA said in a statement. The role will leverage NASA’s expertise in artificial intelligence, machine learning and space-based observation to support the broader US government effort to study UAP, the statement said.
The Pentagon also operates the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO) to study UAP and their potential threat to US airspace. The independent study team commissioned by NASA approached the study of UAP from a scientific perspective.