A move by Congress has required the Department of Defense (DoD) to create a new organization dedicated to investigating unexplained aerial phenomena (UAP), the Pentagon announced Wednesday.
The All-Domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO) will replace the Airborne Object Identification and Management Group, according to an official press release from the Department of Defense. The organization will be led by a top scientist at the Defense Intelligence Agency, Dr. Sean M. Kirkpatrick, the DoD noted.
The creation of AARO was mandated by the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act passed by Congress earlier in the year. The purpose of the organization is to investigate UAPs and “mitigate any associated threats to safety of operation and national security,” according to Air Force Magazine.
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AARO will be tasked with surveillance, collection and reporting of UAP/UFO-related activity, the DoD said in the release. From such data, AARO will also need to identify the UAP system capabilities and their overall design, Air Force Magazine reported. (RELATED: Multiple Military Witnesses Describe Encounter With UFO)
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Members of AARO will conduct intelligence operation, analysis and any of the necessary mitigation to “defeat” UAPs, Air Force Magazine continued. Obtaining the science and technology of currently unknown systems also falls under the purview of the organization, the outlet reported.
“The mission of the AARO will be to synchronize efforts across the Department of Defense, and with other U.S. federal departments and agencies, to detect, identify and attribute objects of interest in, on or near military installations, operating areas, training areas, special use airspace and other areas of interest, and, as necessary, to mitigate any associated threats to safety of operations and national security,” the Pentagon noted in its release. “This includes anomalous, unidentified space, airborne, submerged and transmedium objects.”
“Transmedium” refers to objects that are capable of transitioning from flying through the open air to spaceflight or from underwater flight to being airborne, according to Space. (RELATED: Congressman Mike Gallagher Proposes Protections For UFO Whistleblowers)
The announcement of the organization comes amid a ramp-up by the US government and NASA to further investigating reports of UFOs and UAPs. A study from April suggested there could be upwards of 40,000 intelligent alien civilizations in our galaxy that could make contact within 2,000 years, and the head of Russian space agency Roscosmos said in June that Earth might have been “subject to some external observation.”