The US Defense Department launches UFO reporting portal
The Department of Defense (DOD) has created a new portal for current and former government employees and contractors to report sightings of unidentified flying objects (UFOs).
The portal, which is part of the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO), allows users to submit a secure online form with details of their UFO encounters.
The information will be used to prepare a Historical Record Report, which the DOD has to submit to Congress by June 2024.
“This phase of the secure reporting mechanism is for current or former US government employees, service members, or contractors with direct knowledge of alleged US government programs or activities related to UAP dating back to 1945 to contact AARO to voluntarily submit a report,” the DOD said in a statement.
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The AARO website warns that the portal “is NOT intended for conveying potentially sensitive or classified information” and that active military personnel and contractors should follow the reporting process of their service branch or federal agency.
The website also advises civilian pilots to report UFOs to air traffic control, which will forward the reports to the Federal Aviation Administration.
“In the future, reporting eligibility will be expanded to the general public and include reports of any event related to UAP,” the AARO website states. AARO Director Sean Kirkpatrick urged current and former government employees and contractors to use the new portal to share their UFO experiences.
“We want to hear from you,” Kirkpatrick said, according to Politico.
“We understand that members of the public are also interested in reporting UAP sightings to AARO,” Kirkpatrick added. “We are exploring methods for how the public can do so in the forthcoming third phase of the secure reporting mechanism.”
The AARO is responsible for documenting, analyzing, and resolving reports of unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP). The agency has to produce an annual report on UAP activity in addition to the historical report due next year.
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In its latest annual report, the AARO disclosed that it has investigated almost 300 UFO sightings in the past year — some of which could be foreign spy crafts posing a threat to the US.
Some of the UFOs showed “concerning performance characteristics” such as high-speed travel and “unusual maneuverability,” according to the report.
“I am worried from a national security perspective,” Kirkpatrick told CNN.
“There are some indicators that may be attributed to foreign activity, and we are investigating those very hard.”