US defense officials renamed unidentified phenomena and extended its mission to space and beyond.
After years of silence or public dismissal about unidentified flying object (UFOs) for many decades, the Pentagon now has a unit to track them and is expanding their mission to cover objects moving underwater and across different media.
The US Department of Defense (DOD), eight months after naming its UFO-tracking unit the Airborne Object Identification and Management Group (AARO), has now given it a new name: the All domain Anomaly Resolution Office. The move, which was made earlier this month and announced on Wednesday, reflects a directive from Congress to broaden the military’s probing of unidentified moving objects that could pose security threats.
The AARO coordinates efforts throughout the federal government. “detect, identify and attribute objects of interest”The Pentagon stated that the unit will be deployed around sensitive military areas and installations. The Pentagon stated that the unit would be activated if necessary. “mitigate and defeat”There are security risks “This includes anomalous, unidentified space, airborne, submerged and transmedium objects.”
A transmedium object is one that can operate across multiple environments, such as a spacecraft that can also fly through the earth’s atmosphere or underwater – or both. The AARO will be charged with trying to trace unidentified objects to their sources – whether they be extraterrestrial or an earthly foe.
“It is vital to our national security and the safety of our military personnel that we maintain awareness of anomalous objects in all domains,”Ronald Moultrie was the undersecretary for defense intelligence and security. He made these comments in a memo to his staff this week. “We must also keep pace with the development and employment of novel technology by our adversaries.”
In recent years, a new acronym has been created to replace the term ‘UFO’ – Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) – in the hope that science, academia, and the media would be more open to investigating the subject. NASA joined the UFO hunt last month and ordered a scientific investigation to decode the phenomenon. Particularly, NASA stressed the fact that UFOs have not been found so far. “no evidence UAPs are extra-terrestrial in origin,”Although some people are skeptical of the idea of finding alien technology, they noted that there is not enough data. “currently makes it difficult to draw scientific conclusions about the nature of such events.”
As ordered by Congress last year, the Pentagon published a long-awaited UAPs report. It stated that they had reviewed sightings since 2004 of 144 unidentified air phenomena. Only one object was able to be identified by investigators as being a balloon deflated. The Pentagon reported that it had received nearly 400 UFO sightings reports by military personnel since last May when Congress was holding its first hearing about UFOs.
The AARO will report to Moultrie and will be headed by Sean Kirkpatrick, who most recently was chief scientist at the Defense Intelligence Agency’s missile and space intelligence center.
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