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Official acknowledgement of UFOs just got real. The Department of Defense (DOD) has created a new office to track unidentified objects not just in our skies but in space and even under water (including those that appear to travel between these mediums).

The announcement was made in a DOD statement on July 20, 2022. The new office is known as the All-Domain Anomaly Resolution Office or AARO. Folks, this is our modern-day Project Blue Book.

AARO is established within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security and will be led by Sean Kirkpatrick who previously served as chief scientist at the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Missile and Space Intelligence Center. This new office will coordinate efforts throughout the DOD and federal government 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 safety of operations and national security.”

AARO has six primary lines of effort: surveillance, collection, and reporting; system capabilities and design; intelligence operations and analysis; mitigation and defeat; governance; and science and technology. According to the DOD, the objects of interest the office will attempt to detect and identify will include “anomalous, unidentified space, airborne, submerged and transmedium objects.”

DOD official statement regarding new office to track UFOs in space

On July 15, 2022, Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks, in coordination with the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), amended her original direction to the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence & Security by renaming and expanding the scope of the Airborne Object Identification and Management Group (AOIMSG) to the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO), due to the enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2022, which included a provision to establish an office, in coordination with DNI, with responsibilities that were broader than those originally assigned to the AOIMSG.

Today, USD(I&S) Hon. Ronald S. Moultrie informed the department of the establishment of AARO within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security, and named Dr. Sean M. Kirkpatrick, most recently the chief scientist at the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Missile and Space Intelligence Center, as the director of AARO.

The mission of the AARO will be to synchronize efforts across the Department of Defense, and with other U.S. federal departments and agencies, 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 safety of operations and national security. This includes anomalous, unidentified space, airborne, submerged and transmedium objects.

The AARO Executive Council (AAROEXEC), led by Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence & Security (USD(I&S)) Ronald Moultrie, will provide oversight and direction to the AARO along these primary lines of effort:

Surveillance, Collection and Reporting

System Capabilities and Design

Intelligence Operations and Analysis

Mitigation and Defeat

Governance

Science and Technology

Under Secretary of Defense establishment memo

Deputy Secretary of Defense Hick’s AARO establishment memo

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