(ORDO NEWS) — A new Pentagon unit set up to track reports of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) has received “several hundred” new reports but has so far found no evidence of alien life, agency officials told reporters.
In July, the All Domains Anomaly Resolution Authority (AARO) was created, which is responsible not only for tracking UFOs in the sky, but also underwater or in space – or perhaps an object capable of moving from one area to another.
The agency was created following numerous claims by US military pilots who had observed UFOs but were sometimes reluctant to report them for fear of being seen as abnormal.
In June 2021, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence reported that 144 such collisions occurred between 2004 and 2021, 80 of which were recorded by multiple sensors.
Since then, “we’ve had a lot more reports,” said Anomaly Division Director Sean Kirkpatrick. When asked to give the number of messages, Kirkpatrick said “several hundred”.
An updated report by the director of national intelligence is expected by the end of the year, which will provide specific numbers on new reports received since 2021, officials said.
The office was created not only to study the question of whether extraterrestrial life exists, but also because of the security threat posed by the numerous collisions of military aircraft with UFOs.
In May of this year, Congress held its first hearing on the topic in over half a century, with many members expressing concern that whether the objects are alien or potentially new, unknown technology launched by China, Russia, or another potential adversary, the unknown creates security threat.
So far, “we haven’t seen anything, and we’re still at a very early stage, that would lead us to believe that any of the objects we’ve seen are of alien origin,” said Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security Ronald Moultrie. “Any unauthorized system in our airspace is considered a security risk.”
The agency is also working on ways to improve its ability to identify unknown objects, such as by recalibrating sensors that can only focus on known signals from enemy aircraft or drones, Moultrie said.
One reason for the hundreds of additional reports may be due to the outreach that the department has undertaken to investigate reports of potential encounters. Each service has also established its own reporting processes, Kirkpatrick said.
In addition to unidentified objects, there are many new technologies, such as future stealth bombers and stealth fighters, drones and hypersonic missiles, which are used by both the US and other countries, which can be mistaken for UFOs.
Kirkpatrick said the new agency is coordinating with the Pentagon and the US intelligence community to get indications of American technology to rule out these planes or drones.
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