Pentagon launches official website for UFO sightings

Founded in 2021, AARO has just unveiled its new website for US military and government staff to file reports of UFO (UAP) sightings for official investigation.
Christopher McFadden
The Pentagon.
The Pentagon.

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The Pentagon has officially launched its official website for cataloging sightings of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) from government and military personnel. Managed by the All-Domain Resolution Office (AARO), the new website exists, in part, to help raise public awareness about ARRO's work and, interestingly, have an official mechanism for reporting their sightings to the organization.

UFO report incoming

Although the website is still under development, it will "accept reports from current or U.S. Government employees, service members, or contractors with direct knowledge of U.S. Government programs or activities related to UAP dating back to 1945". However, this system is not yet fully operational. reports that once active, it will aid the office in creating a historical record of such events, as requested by the United States Congress.

“Our team of experts is leading the U.S. government’s efforts to address Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena (UAP) using a rigorous scientific framework and a data-driven approach,” reads a statement by Sean Kirkpatrick, the current director of AARO, featured on the new website. “Since its establishment in July 2022, AARO has taken important steps to improve data collection, standardize reporting requirements, and mitigate the potential threats to safety and security posed by UAP," the statement adds.

The site also outlines the office's mission to "minimize technical and intelligence surprise by synchronizing scientific, intelligence, and operational detection identification, attribution, and mitigation of unidentified anomalous phenomena in the vicinity of national security areas".

The website also provides a three-part explanation of unidentified anomalous phenomena (UAPs - the more modern term for UFOs), describing them as airborne objects that cannot be immediately identified, devices that move between various domains, including air, space, or water, and underwater objects that are not easily recognizable.

A presentation outlining AARO's mission states that the office will research what it refers to as "recovered enigmatic technologies" while partnering with different sectors and utilizing advancements in physics and engineering.

During a Congressional subcommittee meeting in July 2023, a US Air Force and intelligence community veteran stated that the American government may be concealing a "multi-decade UAP crash retrieval and reverse-engineering program".

AARO was established in July 2022 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 the safety of operations and national security," according to a Department of Defense statement. 

No credible evidence, yet

Even though there are numerous reports from US military and government personnel, Kirkpatrick announced during a public hearing in April that his office has not yet discovered any credible evidence of extraterrestrial activity, off-world technology, or objects that go beyond the known laws of physics. Nevertheless, several members of the US Congress have committed to investigating this matter thoroughly.

AARO states that it "uses a rigorous scientific framework and data-driven approach to better understand UAP" and will "follow the science wherever it leads," according to its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section. The reporting system is set to launch in late October and will initially collect UAP information from US government personnel.

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