Pentagon: Has Received ‘Several Hundred’ New UFO Reports

According to the agency’s leadership, a new Pentagon office implemented to monitor and track reports of unidentified flying objects has received “several hundreds” of recent reports but no evidence yet of alien life.

The All-Domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO) was set up in July and is in charge of not only tracking unidentified flying objects in the sky but also in space and underwater — or any objects that can move from one domain to another. 

The new Pentagon office was established after more than a year of attention on military pilots who have observed unidentified flying objects but have sometimes been hesitant due to fear of ridicule.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence issued a report in June 2021 that showed between 2004 and 2021, there were 144 encounters, 80 of which were captured on multiple sensors. 

Since “we’ve had lots more reporting,” said Sean Kirkpatrick, anomaly office director. When asked about the number of encounters, Kirkpatrick said, “several hundreds.”

An updated report provided by the Director of National Intelligence is expected by the end of the year. It will give specific figures on new reported sightings since 2021. 

The new office wasn’t sent up to examine whether or not there is extraterrestrial life, but additionally because of the security risk due to the risk of so many encounters with flying objects by military aircraft and military installations. 

In May, Congress held its first hearing in almost 50 years on the subject, with numerous members expressing concern that whether the objects are alien or cutting-edge technology being flown by Russia, China, or another adversary, what is unknown creates a significant security risk. 

Unauthorized, unidentified objects are ‘threat to safety’

According to Ronald Moultrie, Under-Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security, so far, “we have not seen anything, and we’re still very early on, that would lead us to believe that any of the objects that we have seen are of alien origin. We deem any unauthorized system in our airspace a threat to safety.”

The office is also working to improve its ability to identify unknown objects, including recalibrating sensors that may only be able to detect known adversary aircraft or drone signatures, said Moultrie.

A reason for the hundreds of reports coming in could be the department’s outreach to remove the stigma for reporting potential encounters. Kirkpatrick says that each service has established its reporting processes. 

In addition to unidentifiable objects, there is also a lot of new technology, including future stealth fighters and bombers, hypersonic missiles, and drones owned by China or the U.S. that may be confused with a UFO. 

Kirkpatrick said the office has been coordinating with the U.S. intelligence community and the Pentagon to get the signatures of U.S. technology to rule out those drones or aircraft.

“We are setting up very clear mechanisms with our blue programs, both our DoD and IC programs to de-conflict any observations that come in with blue activities and ensure that we weed those out and identify those fairly early on,” said Kirkpatrick, when referring to the “blue” U.S. aircraft programs in operation by the intelligence agencies or the Pentagon.