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Defense Department creates office to track UFOs in space

The Department of Defense has set up an office to track unidentified objects in space and air, underwater, or even those that move between those domains.

UFOs, or unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs) as they are now known, have received new levels of government control not seen in decades. Numerous hearings and secret briefings have taken place in the halls of the U.S. Congress in recent months, and many lawmakers have expressed concern that America’s airspace may not be as safe as we think due to the many sightings of unidentified objects by military aviators and other military forces. employees reported.

With this in mind, the Department of Defense (DOD) announced the establishment of this new office in a statement. (will open in a new tab) published on Wednesday (July 20). This office is known as the All Areas Anomaly Resolution Office, or AARO, and was created under the Under Secretary of Defense’s Office of Intelligence and Security. The new office will be headed by Sean Kirkpatrick. (will open in a new tab)formerly Chief Scientist at the US Department of Defense’s Center for Space and Rocket Intelligence.

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The Department of Defense said in a statement that this new office will coordinate the efforts of the Department of Defense and the federal government to “locate, identify and attribute objects of interest at or near military installations, at or near military installations, operating areas, training ranges, airspace special purpose and other areas. of interest and, as appropriate, to mitigate any associated threats to the security of operations and national security.”

In a separate statement (will open in a new tab)Undersecretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks wrote that the office is now “the Department of Defense’s focal point for all UAP and UAP-related activities and may represent the Department in such activities.”

The office has six main activities: observation, collection and reporting; system capabilities and design; intelligence operations and analysis; mitigation and defeat; control; and science and technology.

Objects of interest that the office will attempt to detect and identify will include “anomalous, unidentified space, airborne, underwater and trans-medium objects.” Transmedium in this sense refers to objects or ships that can move between areas, such as being able to transition from air flight to space flight, or from underwater travel to flight. (will open in a new tab).

The creation of this new organization is just the latest policy the US government has taken in recent months to better understand UFOs. In June, NASA commissioned a commission to investigate the UAP, with the secondary goal of removing some of the stigma or taboo associated with the topic.

“One of the things that we indirectly hope to embrace with this study, just by being open about it, is to help remove some of the stigma associated with it,” Daniel Evans, Assistant Associate Associate Administrator for Research at NASA. This was announced during a press conference held then by the Office of the Scientific Mission. “Obviously, this will lead to more access to data, more reports, more observations and so on. So that’s another thing we’re trying to achieve with this.”

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