The long-awaited 2022 Pentagon Unidentified Air Phenomena Report, or UAP, is finally here.
The unclassified “Annual Report on Unidentified Airborne Events 2022” was released by the Pentagon’s Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) on Thursday (January 12) after a months-long delay. The report was authorized by the National Defense Act of 2022 and was created by ODNI’s head of national intelligence for aviation and the newly created Anomaly Resolution Office for All Areas (AARO). The information was obtained from various intelligence and military intelligence agencies, the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Department of Energy (DoE), and NASA.
In general, the report (will open in a new tab) covers approximately 510 cataloged UAP reports collected by reporting agencies and units of the US military. The document notes that most of them were received from US Navy and US Air Force personnel who reported them through official channels. Ultimately, the unclassified report concludes that while UAP “remains a safety hazard and a possible adversary fundraising threat”, many reports “lack detailed data to enable establish UAP ownership with high confidence.”
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Of these 510 complete UAP reports, ODNI has evaluated 366 that have been identified for the first time since the inception of the AARO. Of these, 26 were characterized as unmanned aerial systems (UAS) or drones, 163 were classified as hot air balloons or “hot air balloons”, and six were considered airborne “riots” such as birds or plastic shopping bags.
Thus, according to the ODNI report, there are 171 reported UAP sightings that remain “uncharacterized and unattributed”. “Some of these uncharacterized UAPs appear to have exhibited unusual flight or operational characteristics and require further analysis,” the report added.
Although the incidents analyzed in the unclassified ODNI report do not have definitive devastating conclusions about the origins of UAPs (because unidentified flying objects or UFOs have recently been renamed), the document highlights the growing focus on airspace security. due in part to the recent proliferation of drones, some of which may represent intelligence-gathering efforts by adversaries of the United States.
“Instances of UAP continue to occur in restricted or sensitive airspace, highlighting possible concerns about safety or enemy collection actions,” the ODNI report says, adding that the agency continues to “assess that this may be the result of collection bias due to for the number of active aircraft and sensors combined with focused attention and guidance for reporting anomalies.”
In other words, military pilots in controlled airspace are able to report more UAPs/UFOs in these areas because, naturally, more sensors scan the skies around military installations and firing ranges.
In addition, the report notes that factors such as weather conditions, lighting, and atmospheric effects may affect the sighting of a suspected UAP. As such, the office operates “under the assumption that UAP reports are derived from the observer’s accurate recollection of the event and/or sensors that generally work correctly and collect enough real-world data to make initial assessments.”
However, the report notes that some of the cataloged UAP incidents covered in the report may have been caused by operator or equipment error, or malfunctions of the sensors used that detected UAP in these events.
While improving safety in both national and military airspace is the primary motivation behind the report, the paper notes that “to date, there have been no reports of collisions between U.S. aircraft and the UAP.” In addition, there have also been no incidents of UAP encounters “confirmed to have directly contributed to adverse health effects on the observer(s)”, contrary to many claims made in recent years. (will open in a new tab).
While the ODNI report is far from conclusive evidence, the ODNI report shows that the US government appears to be taking UAP and airspace security issues seriously following years of media sensationalism surrounding several highly publicized collisions reported by US Navy aviators. at training grounds outside the US. coast of Southern California.
To date, the Pentagon says these cases remain unexplained.
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