You know the U.S. Pentagon is serious about something when it opens up a new department and actually announces it to the public instead of keeping it a secret. If you were wondering whether the Pentagon is serious about Unidentified Flying Objects or Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon, wonder no more – it has announced the Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group (AOIMSG) to look at reports of UAPs near U.S. military facilities and operations. Could they have at least come up with an easier-to-remember acronym?
“The AOIMSG will synchronize efforts across the Department and the broader U.S. government to detect, identify and attribute objects of interests in Special Use Airspace (SUA), and to assess and mitigate any associated threats to safety of flight and national security. “
Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks began working with the Director of National Intelligence in June 2021 to authorize the new group to address the national security risks from the many UAP encounters with U.S. military personnel that the public became aware of in 2019 with the release of the ‘Tic Tac’ UFO videos taken by pilots and personnel on the USS Nimitz. As more encounters have been made public, the Pentagon can no longer ignore the demand form the public for disclosure of these and past UAP events.
“To provide oversight of the AOIMSG, the Deputy Secretary also directed the USD(I&S) to lead an Airborne Object Identification and Management Executive Council (AOIMEXEC) to be comprised of DoD and Intelligence Community membership, and to offer a venue for U.S. government interagency representation.”
One of the problems the Pentagon has had in this area is a lack of coordination among the various armed forces branches and departments when UAP encounters are reported. The AOIMEXEC (that acronym at least sounds like an ET’s name) will provide that coordination as well as replace the current UAP Task Force.
Does the establishment of the AOIMSG really show the Pentagon is serious about UAPs? It only officially investigates incidents near U.S. military facilities. While it could be said that most of the U.S. is near at least one military facility, it appears it will only investigate those reported by military personnel, not the general public. The announcement also doesn’t say what the AOIMSG will make public, how it will be released, how often, and how it will be accountable. At best, we can call Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks’ AOIMSG a good start and hope it will grow and remain in the public eye. At worse, it could just be busy work and a smoke screen to deceive the public into thinking something is being done.
Which one is it? Only time will tell.