Jul 25, 2022 I Paul Seaburn

Pentagon Renames UFO Office and Expands its Mission While Secret NASA UFO Documents are Revealed

This may be the best time in history to be searching for UFOs … at least in the U.S. The Pentagon announced this week it is expanding the scope of its new unidentified aerial phenomena department under a new name, while a treasure trove of formerly classified internal NASA emails about UFOs, including info about "Extreme Acceleration by UFOs" was released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. Meanwhile, another independent study on reports of UFOs reveals the best month and best state for spotting the phenomena. What are you waiting for? Go look for some UFOs! (After reading the article first, of course!)

“On July 15, 2022, Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks, in coordination with the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), amended her original direction to the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence & Security by renaming and expanding the scope of the Airborne Object Identification and Management Group (AOIMSG) to the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO), due to the enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2022, which included a provision to establish an office, in coordination with DNI, with responsibilities that were broader than those originally assigned to the AOIMSG.”

That was from the acronym salad Department of Defense press release announcing the AARO which will replace the AOIMSG under the DNI. The announcement seems unusual since the UFO community in both the congressional and public sectors are still debating the merits (or lack of them) of the rare public hearing by the Pentagon to Congress on unidentified aerial phenomena. Why would the new department need a radical makeover so soon after that? After explaining that the new AARO would “synchronize efforts across the Department of Defense, and with other U.S. federal departments and agencies” to track and identify unknown aerial anomalies encountered by military personnel, Deputy Secretary of Defense Hicks unleashed the blockbuster new role for the new department:

“This includes anomalous, unidentified space, airborne, submerged and transmedium objects.”

This marks the first official announcement that the “transmedium objects” reported and recorded by military pilots and other personnel as they moved effortlessly in and out of water at impossibly high speeds without damage officially exist, are a concern to the Pentagon and will be investigated … and hopefully reported on in other public hearings. The AARO will be run by Dr. Sean M. Kirkpatrick, the chief scientist at the Defense Intelligence Agency's Missile and Space Intelligence Center, whose experience is in “nonlinear and nonequilibrium phonon dynamics of rare earth doped fluoride crystals.” This background, plus the fact that Fitzpatrick has spent his entire career working for the Pentagon, apparently makes him qualified to lead the AARO in performing its six primary functions: “Surveillance, Collection and Reporting; System Capabilities and Design; Intelligence Operations and Analysis; Mitigation and Defeat; Governance; Science and Technology.” Let’s hope Dr. Fitzpatrick is up for the job … and the public scrutiny from the UFO-hunting community that wants to believe they’re out there.

Meanwhile, NASA – which in June announced the formation of an independent study on unidentified aerial phenomena – got caught by the Freedom of Information Act hiding the fact that this has been going on for some time at the agency. John Greenwald Jr. and the fine folks at The Black Vault, the huge repository of little known but publicly available government documents, revealed the response to one of its FOIA requests for “internal NASA related UAP / UFO communications.” The trove consists of primarily of e-mails and their attachments. However, the best document was an invitation to a virtual event entitled “Extreme Acceleration by UAPs,” scheduled for October 6, 2020, to be delivered to NASA employees by Robert Powell, Executive Board member of the Scientific Coalition for UAP Studies (SCU), with an introduction from Chris Mellon, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence.

“During our session, Robert will discuss 'Extreme Acceleration by UFOs and Sensors for Detection'. He will also explore some relevant cases, including Stephenville and Puerto Rico. Robert has been an important leader for some years now among those seeking to bring serious scientific knowledge and processes to bear on the UFO phenomenon.”

It doesn’t appear that the documents obtained contain any follow-up on what was discussed at Powell’s session but it seems obvious NASA is conceding that some UFOs have performance abilities far exceeding those of conventional human-built aircraft … that we know of. That seems to contradict an earlier statement by Thomas Zurbuchen, the associate administrator for science at NASA Headquarters in Washington, that NASA is focused on science and the scientific understanding of UAP.

"NASA believes that the tools of scientific discovery are powerful and apply here also. We have access to a broad range of observations of Earth from space – and that is the lifeblood of scientific inquiry. We have the tools and team who can help us improve our understanding of the unknown. That's the very definition of what science is. That's what we do."

If that’s true, how does science explain “'Extreme Acceleration by UFOs”? Aliens? That same statement puts that option to rest right up front .

“There is no evidence UAPs are extra-terrestrial in origin.”

Really?

If it’s not aliens … what is it? If NASA wants to restore, maintain or acquire any credibility in this area, it needs to provide the public with concrete scientific evidence of the sources, technologies and potential consequences of these UAPs.

In the meantime, what can the public do? Keep looking up! Nick Pope, the former head of the UK Ministry of Defense (MoD) UFO program, said in a recent interview that since the 1950s, the MoD found that consistently “there was this sort of sighting of about five percent that we couldn't explain, that seemed to defy explanation.” He believes aliens are “definitely out there" and could be ‘over here’ in those high-performing UAPs

“There will be some less advanced, but there will be many civilizations much more advanced than we are; some friendly, some hostile, some neutral, some biological, some post-biological – we could be dealing with artificial intelligence, machine intelligence.”

If you’re interested in joining the search yourself, and possibly beating NASA to the punch, July is the best month to spot a UFO, according to an analysis of the National UFO Reporting Center's (NUFORC) database. The NUFORC is where the FAA recommends the public report UFO sightings. The analysis of the data was done by Im-a-puzzle.com, which found that more UFO sightings are reported in July than any other month. That means there’s still time to find one! If you’re up for a road trip, California leads the nation in UFO sightings, followed by Florida, Texas and New York. Yes, those are states with sizeable numbers of military bases, so if you want to look where the Pentagon isn’t, try the Dakotas, Delaware or Vermont.

There are no prizes for proving UAPs are from other worlds – just a laurel and hearty handshake and perhaps a Spielberg movie about you. Find the aliens first … then start dreaming about who should play you.

Paul Seaburn

Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

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