Jan 15, 2023 I Paul Seaburn

A New Government Report on UFOs/UAPs is Released

It seems that the expression “long-awaited government UFO report” is becoming redundant … every one promised by the U.S. government all the way up to those from the new All-Domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO) have been late. Let’s hope that the expression “disappointing government UFO report” does not also become redundant. The long-awaited (it was originally expected to be released by last October 31) ”2022 Annual Report on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena” (read it here) was released this week by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Did it live up to its expectations?

“Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) reporting is increasing, enabling a greater awareness of the airspace and increased opportunity to resolve UAP events. In addition to the 144 UAP reports covered during the 17 years of UAP reporting included in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) preliminary assessment, there have been 247 new reports and another 119 that were either since discovered or reported after the preliminary assessment’s time period. This totals 510 UAP reports as of 30 August 2022.”

The opening paragraph of the Executive Summary section certainly sounds promising – establishing a new department, despite the risk of creating another layer of bureaucracy and red tape, sounds like it may have inspired more witnesses to come forward with UAP reports. A number of headlines have touted this as evidence that there has been a “Dramatic Increase in UFO Sightings Since 2020” and “Number of reported UFO incidents increasing, government says.” The report points out that the majority of these reports have come from U.S. Navy and Air Force pilots, and that over half of the 366 new sightings were marked as everyday objects initially but a second look determined that 171 should be further analyzed.

You mean like the triangular ones?

“The observed increase in the UAP reporting rate is partially due to a better understanding of the possible threats that UAP may represent, either as safety of flight hazards or as potential adversary collection platforms, and partially due to reduced stigma surrounding UAP reporting. This increased reporting allows more opportunities to apply rigorous analysis and resolve events.”

That “rigorous analysis” which the AARO applied resulted in six of the UAP being attributed to airborne clutter (factors like “weather, illumination, atmospheric effects, or the accurate interpretation of sensor data”), 26 appeared to be drones and 163 were identified as balloons or similar objects. In addition, the report admits that “Regardless of the collection or reporting method, many reports lack enough detailed data to enable attribution of with high certainty.” Things like “sensor irregularities or variances, such as operator or equipment error” were taken into account. Finally, it noted that those not identified “demonstrated unusual flight characteristics or performance capabilities.” Those are obviously the ones we want to know more about.

“The safety of our service personnel, our bases and installations, and the protection of U.S. operations security on land, in the skies, seas, and space are paramount.  We take reports of incursions into our designated space, land, sea, or airspaces seriously and examine each one.”

A statement by Pentagon Press Secretary Air Force Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder on the report emphasized that the AARO , Annual Report on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena uses a “rigorous scientific framework and a data-driven approach” to investigate UAPs that defy conventional identification, and that their main concern is national security. However, there are areas of overlap between national threat UAPs from other nations or groups and global threats by UAPs from beyond Earth. For example, the report addresses the issue of health problems which many UFO witnesses and abductees have reported and notes that “Regarding health concerns, there have also been no encounters with UAP confirmed to contribute directly to adverse health-related effects to the observer(s).” And, despite reports and rumors over the years of physical encounters between military aircraft and UFOs, the report states that “To date, there have been no reported collisions between U.S. aircraft and UAP.”

  • “UAP continue to represent a hazard to flight safety and pose a possible adversary collection threat.”
  • “AARO has been established as the DoD focal point for UAP. “
  • “Coordinated efforts between DoD, the IC, and other government agencies to collect and report UAP events have resulted in increased data sets, spanning multiple security domains.”

The report’s summary reiterates the Defense Department’s concerns that UAPs are a threat to safety and security – at least for the military and air traffic. AARO is now the designated focal and everyone (in this case, other government agencies) finally recognize this and their input has resulted in “increased data sets.” We have seen this by the fact that it has openly revealed it has received more report and has more it cannot identify. Does all of this make you excited about this long-awaited UAP report from the AARO? Have you noticed anything missing from the report?

“Additional information is provided in the classified version of this report.”

As with previous reports from the predecessors to AARO, this public report is only 12 pages long – with one being the title page, one the table of contents, and four pages of appendices. It is a safe bet that the “classified version of this report” is like a steak – bigger, thicker, juicier, hotter, maybe even a little bloody. Will the public ever see what is in that classified report? Look up the word “classified.”

Will the "Trinity Incident" give us the answers we seek?

There is one ray of hope, but it didn’t come from the report. Ron Moultrie, the under secretary of defense for intelligence and security, said recently that nothing has been found "that any of the objects that we had seen are of alien origin" in the documents, witness interviews, or written recollections from witnesses he and his department have revied. However, Congress passed and President Biden signed the new National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which included an amendment added at the last minute which extended the look-back date for the All-Domain Anomaly Resolution Office from 1947 to 1945. We and others quickly pointed out that 1947 is when the Roswell incident occurred in eastern New Mexico, while 1945 is when the less-well-known “Trinity” incident occurred at the Trinity Test Site where the first nuclear bomb was detonated. That was when two boys claimed to see an avocado-shaped craft and two living and possibly injured beings before all was removed by military personnel. A military witness later confirmed what the boys had seen, and a fragment allegedly from the craft still exists. Does this mean the next AARO report will have details on the Trinity incident?

Look up “redundant” again.

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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