Pentagon Widens Scope of UFO Hunting Program

In Brief

  • The Facts:
    • The US Department of Defense has just renamed their UFO hunting unit to Airborne Object Identification and Management Group.

    • They have also widened the scope of what they will search and collect data for to include instances of objects travelling by air, water or both.

  • Reflect On:
    • Why has the US government suddenly become interested in discussing a subject they have ridiculed for decades?

    • Is there an attempt to control a narrative here?

    • Do they already know significantly more than is being let on?

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It’s not just the US government but many governments around the world who have been publicly dismissive when it comes to reports of unidentified flying objects (UFOs). But in recent years, several governments as well as the Pentagon have opened up about it quite a bit. It has many people asking “why now?”

Now, the Pentagon is expanding its UFO tracking unit and its mission to include objects that move underwater or across multiple mediums.

The US Department of Defense (DOD) has also just renamed the unit to Airborne Object Identification and Management Group to reflect its broader mission: the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO). The move was announced on last Wednesday and reflects a directive from Congress to broaden the military’s investigation of unidentified moving objects that could pose security threats.

Many experts in the field have warned against the idea of perceiving any of these commonly seen objects, especially by military personnel, as a threat.

Renowned UFO researcher, scientist, mathematician, and astrophysicist Dr. Jacques Vallée made an appearance on the Joe Rogan show in late 2020 to discuss the UFO phenomenon. On the show he stated that “we have to stop reacting to intrusions by UFOs as a threat.”

The phenomenon does indeed pose some air safety concerns, primarily because it is a misunderstood phenomenon and there is an assumption that ‘intelligence’ may not flying the object. That being said, their behaviour seems to be predominantly evasive.

According to the Pentagon, the AARO will coordinate efforts across the federal government to “detect, identify, and attribute objects of interest” that appear around military installations and other sensitive areas. In addition, the unit will “mitigate and defeat” security threats as needed. This includes unidentified space, airborne, submerged, and transmedium objects that are anomalous.

A transmedium object is one that can operate in more than one environment, such as a spacecraft that can travel through the Earth’s atmosphere, underwater, or both, perhaps by possessing the technology to manipulate the space around itself. These objects do not appear to be affected by the force water would put on an underwater craft travelling at tremendous speeds.

The AARO will be tasked with tracing unidentified objects back to their origins, whether they are extraterrestrial or earthly. It’s important to note that the Pentagon has taken the position that if they are earthly, they are likely from an enemy and a threat. This may prove to be quite difficult given the nature of some of these objects:

The military personnel who are encountering these phenomena tell remarkable stories. In one example, over the course of two weeks in November 2004, the USS Princeton, a guided-missile cruiser operating advanced naval radar, repeatedly detected unidentified aircraft operating in and around the Nimitz carrier battle group, which it was guarding off the coast of San Diego. In some cases, according to incident reports and interviews with military personnel, these vehicles descended from altitudes higher than 60,000 feet at supersonic speeds, only to suddenly stop and hover as low as 50 feet above the ocean.”  

Christopher Mellon, former assistant Secretary of Defence

It Seems They Are Not Being Honest

Many previous military testimonies that have been given throughout previous decades continue to be ignored. Branches within the government now claiming that they are only beginning to study and take interest in the phenomenon is neither accurate or genuine. Can we rely on government to provide us with an accurate perception of what they discover and/or have already discovered? Or will the reality of UFOs become politicized, weaponized and used for ulterior motives like we see with so many other global issues?

Ronald Moultrie, undersecretary of defense for intelligence and security has also hinted that the government has and should be interested in whatever technologies these objects are employing.

“It is vital to our national security and the safety of our military personnel that we maintain awareness of anomalous objects in all domains, We must also keep pace with the development and employment of novel technology by our adversaries.”

Ronald Moultrie, undersecretary of defense for intelligence and security

Apollo 14 astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell’s statement, “yes there have been crashed craft, and bodies recovered” seems to hit a little bit harder. A few years ago, Dr. David Clarke, an associate professor and Sheffield Hallam University and of the UK’s leading authorities on contemporary legend and folklore commented on some declassified government documents pertaining to the subject:

Even though they have been partly censored they can’t conceal the fact the UK military were interested in capturing UFO technology or what they coyly refer to as ‘novel weapon technology’…And the files reveal they were desperate to capture this technology – wherever it came from – before the Russians or the Chinese got hold of it first….Although this was 1997, Russia was still regarded as an undefeated enemy with a weapons programme regarded as a threat to the West.

Dr. David Clarke, Associate Professor at Sheffield Hallam University

Steve Justice, a recently retired Director of Advanced Systems at Lockheed Skunkworks, has also alluded to the idea that this type of technology is real. He has been quite outspoken about the “black budget” world, and crafts that can mimic the capabilities that are observed in unidentified aerial phenomenon by, as he once said, employing a driver system that alters the space-time metric. He once stated,

“We have glimpses of how the physics of this works, but we need to harvest technologies from the Science Division to “realize” the capability.” By stating this, it’s another way of saying that these technologies exists within the “science division”, wherever that may be.”

PR Newswire.

In recent years, a new acronym – Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) – has been created to replace the term “UFO” in the hope that science, academia, and the media will be more open to investigating the subject. The interesting thing about this change is that the stigma associated with UFOs came from the government and intelligence communities ridicule of the subject for decades.

“Behind the scenes, high-ranking Air Force officers are soberly concerned about the UFOs. But through official secrecy and ridicule, many citizens are led to believe the unknown flying objects are nonsense. To hide the facts, the Air Force has silenced its personnel.”

Roscoe Hillenkoetter, very first director of the Central Intelligence Agency

The same people that sought to make the subject a public joke are now the same people wanting to re-brand, study and control the narrative around it. Why?

You might also recall that NASA officially joined the hunt for UFOs last month. They committed a $100,000 to the venture, and stated it would likely only cost tens of thousands to determine. Others have expressed that trillions of dollars have already gone into funding programs that deal with these types of anomalies.

In 2008 former Canadian Defense Minister expressed the following at a conference regarding the subject held in Toronto,

It is ironic that the U.S. would begin a devastating war, allegedly in search of weapons of mass destruction when the most worrisome developments in this field are occurring in your own backyard.  It is ironic that the U.S. should be fighting monstrously expensive wars  allegedly to bring democracy to those countries, when it itself can no longer claim to be called a democracy when trillions, and I mean thousands of billions of dollars have been spent on projects which both congress and the commander in chief no nothing about.”

The US space agency specifically stated that there has been “no evidence UAPs are extra-terrestrial in origin,” effectively ruling out the possibility of discovering alien technology, but added that a lack of verifiable data “currently makes it difficult to draw scientific conclusions about the nature of such events.”

This statement is contrary to many declassified documents and government and military whistleblower testimonies that have stated otherwise about the origin of UFOs. In his very last interview before his passing, Colonel Robert Friend, who from 1958-1962 was a director of Project Blue Book, suggested that the U.S. Air Force knew what “UFOs” were, or at least had some idea.

Others have also expressed that some of these objects may be multi-dimensional.

Last year, the Pentagon released a long-awaited study on UAPs, as requested by Congress, stating that it has evaluated 144 reports of unidentified aerial phenomena since 2004. Only one of the objects was definitively explained by investigators, which was identified as a deflated balloon. In the report, the Pentagon revealed it had roughly 400 accounts from military members of unexplained contacts and sightings.

The report conveniently labelled some instances as “Other” stating,

Other: Although most of the UAP described in our dataset probably remain unidentified due to limited data or challenges to collection processing or analysis, we may require additional scientific knowledge to successfully collect on, analyze and characterize some of them. We would group such objects in this category pending scientific advances that allowed us to better understand them. The UAPTF intends to focus additional analysis on the small number of cases where a UAP appeared to display unusual flight characteristics or signature management.

Witness accounts and remarkable experiences have been given no attention within mainstream.

The Ariel School encounter in 1994 at a Zimbabwe school. More than fifty children claimed to have witnessed an extraordinary event involving a craft and strange beings. All of the children told the exact same story, their drawings of the event were quite similar. To think that so many young children, who were shaken by what had happened. Many of them have even relived their experience by sharing it with the world today, decades later.

This particular case received worldwide attention when Harvard psychologist John Mack determined the children were speaking truth, or at least believed in what they were saying.

There are a staggering amount of cases that have spanned thousands of years that are remarkable. Experiences of all different kinds, but many that show a tremendous amount of corroboration.

When it comes to government driven UFO hunting projects, getting what could very well be a sanitized version of truth, and perhaps a complete misrepresentation of all of it is a strong possibility. But who knows. We will wait and see what happens and what type of explanation, if any, governments give us.

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