The U.S. military is finally getting serious about UFOs. According to a statement released by the Department of Defense, the Pentagon is creating an office focused exclusively on investigating and tracking UFOs across all domains.
Last Wednesday, the Pentagon quietly announced that it renamed and expanded the authority of the government’s only UFO office. Formerly known as the Airborne Object Identification and Management Group, the office will now be called the All-Domain Anomaly Resolution Office, or AARO.
Sean M. Kirkpatrick, the director of science at the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Missile and Space Intelligence Center, is expected to lead the new office.
The renaming of the office comes amid an uptick of interest in Washington about UFOs, according to Defense News. In May, the House Intelligence Committee held its first open hearing on UFO activity in over a half century.
AARO will soon serve as a central hub that tracks, collects, investigates and manages reports of UFO sightings across the Department of Defense, which includes the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force.
While the group was mostly focused on airborne and threats in space before, the renamed office will expanded authority will now look into UFOs that are submerged in water or deemed “transmedium.”
“The mission of the AARO will be to synchronize efforts across the Department of Defense, and with other U.S. federal departments and agencies, to detect, identify and attribute objects of interest in, on or near military installations, operating areas, training areas, special use airspace and other areas of interest, and, as necessary, to mitigate any associated threats to safety of operations and national security,” the statement from the Pentagon said.
The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022, which effectively outlines the Pentagon’s budget and goals for the following fiscal year, has allocated funding for the new office.
Last week the House voted to create a government system for reporting UFOs as an amendment to this year’s bill. The amendment would also encourage current and former defense officials to reveal information about what they know.
Just over a month ago, NASA announced it was commissioning a team to conduct a nine-month study on UFOs. The team would engage in “observations of events in the sky that cannot be identified as aircraft or known natural phenomena – from a scientific perspective.”
All of which has many people wondering… why the sudden interest?
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