The United States government has announced a new bureau to track unidentified flying objects.
Pentagon officials announced the creation of the All-Domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO), replacing the Airborne Object Identification and Management Group formed in May this year.
This organization was established primarily to patrol airspace for “special purposes,” including ongoing military operations, ranger shooting, and other areas restricted for national security purposes.
“AARO’s mission is to synchronize efforts across the Department of Defense and with other U.S. federal departments and agencies to detect, identify objects of interest in, on or near military installations, theaters of operations, training areas, etc and allocate airspace and other areas of interest,” writes the Ministry of Defense.
“How necessary [it will] mitigate any associated threats to operational security and national security. This includes anomalous, unidentified space, air, underwater and transmedia objects.”
The new office was formed as Congress allocated more funds to the defense budget.
“We must ensure that the military and intelligence agencies are equipped with the best possible information, capital and scientific resources to defeat our enemies and maintain military and technological superiority,” said Representative. Mike Gallagher said in a statement about the funding.
“This change will play an important role in furthering Congress’ ability to gather facts and continue to prove or disprove the origin and threatening nature of anything that appears to be flying in our skies.”
A total of 143 UFO sightings have been made since 2004 and cannot be explained, the US government said in May this year, and while it has “no clear evidence that there is a non-terrestrial explanation for them, we will go wherever data takes us”.
Many of these sightings appear to relate to vehicles moving without observable propulsion or being able to accelerate faster than any known aircraft, although many critics have suggested this is due to lighting or camera angles.
For example, the infamous video of a UFO captured by a Navy jet has been suspected to be camera artifacts rather than an alien spacecraft.
“It’s an object that kind of projects rotating patterns of light that spin with it. It’s an object that rotates in a manner exactly the amount required to stay within three degrees of a gimbal that tracks the target while minimizing roll, but only from that one Aircraft at this pitch and bank angle,” said UFO investigator Mick West.
“Or it’s a glare that rotates because of the gimbal system, in a video called ‘Gimbal’.”