The Pentagon announced Tuesday it launched a UFO reporting form for “current or former U.S. government employees, service members, or contractors,” a mechanism unveiled more than a year after the Pentagon launched an official UFO office that lacked hotlines to report such objects.
Past and current sightings can be reported to the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office’s website by government employees.
A reporting form for civilians is coming soon, according to Politico, which cited Sean Kirkpatrick, the head of the office.
The reports will be used “to inform” the office’s Historical Record Report, which will be submitted to Congress by June 2024, according to the Pentagon.
The reports will also be used to inform the office’s own investigations into alleged U.S. government programs regarding unidentified anomalous phenomena—another term for UFO used to describe objects in the air, sea and space that can’t be easily explained.
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It’s unclear when exactly the public will be able to submit reports to the office. Kirkpatrick told Politico the Pentagon is “exploring methods for how the public can do so in the forthcoming third phase of the secure reporting mechanism.”
143 of 144. That’s the share of UFO cases reported by military planes that the U.S. government couldn’t explain, according to a 2021 preliminary report released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
The Pentagon and the U.S. intelligence community said this year that most of the reports they’ve been investigating will likely be explained by “ordinary phenomena” as data quality on the matter increases.
The All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office was founded last July with Kirkpatrick at the helm. Kirkpatrick, who has several years of experience in scientific and technical intelligence, most recently worked as chief scientist at the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Missile and Space Intelligence Center following various posts with the National Security Council and the U.S. Strategic Command. The Pentagon launched the website for the Anomaly Resolution Office in late August after more than a year with no hotline to report mysterious objects directly to the government. The delays in the creation of a reporting form sparked criticism from lawmakers and witnesses, according to Politico.
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