According to a statement issued by the Department of Defense on July 20, the Pentagon intends to build an office devoted solely to the examination of unexplained flying objects, or UFOs. Government monitoring of UFOs have recently increased to levels not seen in decades.
Many lawmakers have expressed concern that America’s airspace may not be as safe as one might think in recent hearings and classified briefings held in the halls of the U.S. Congress, as a result of the numerous sightings of unidentified flying objects that military aviators and other members of the armed forces have reported.
The office will be known as the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO) and will be utilized by various U.S. military branches to monitor reports on sightings of any UFOs, which the government has also referred to as unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP).
The new office will be led by Sean Kirkpatrick, who previously served as the chief scientist at the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Missile and Space Intelligence Center. The office’s six main areas of focus will be in governance, science and technology, intelligence operations and analysis, mitigation and defeat, surveillance, collection, and reporting, and system capabilities and design.
The objects of interest the office will attempt to detect and identify will include anomalous, unidentified space, airborne, underwater, and transmedium objects. In May 2022, Pentagon representatives testified in front of Congress in front of the public for the first time in decades regarding UAP. However, they claimed that there is no proof linking any of the sightings to extraterrestrial encounters despite the DoD being aware of about 400 occurrences of military personnel experiencing UAP.