The Pentagon has introduced a dedicated UFO reporting form aimed at “current or former U.S. government employees, service members, or contractors.” This development comes over a year after the establishment of an official UFO office within the Pentagon, which initially lacked direct channels for reporting UFO sightings.
Government Employees Can Report UFO Sightings
Government employees now have the option to report both past and current UFO sightings via the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office’s website. Plans are also in motion to create a civilian reporting form for the broader public, with its availability anticipated in the near future, as indicated by Sean Kirkpatrick, the head of the office, according to Politico.
Contributing to Official Records and Investigations
These reports will serve to contribute to the office’s Historical Record Report, scheduled for submission to Congress by June 2024. Simultaneously, the gathered data will facilitate the ongoing investigations conducted by the office into various U.S. government programs related to unexplained anomalous phenomena, a term often synonymous with UFOs, referring to unidentified objects observed in the air, sea, and space.
Future Public Reporting Mechanisms
While the timeline for enabling public UFO reporting to the office remains unspecified, Kirkpatrick mentioned their active exploration of methods for public reporting within the forthcoming third phase of the secure reporting mechanism.
Outcomes and Ongoing Investigations
Of the 144 UFO cases reported by military aircraft, a 2021 preliminary report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence indicated that 143 cases could not be sufficiently explained.
While the Pentagon and the U.S. intelligence community acknowledge that improved data quality may eventually lead to attributing most reported encounters to “ordinary phenomena,” they continue to examine these sightings and maintain their investigations.
Office Background and Past Delays
The All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office, led by Sean Kirkpatrick, was established in July, and the Pentagon launched the office’s website in late August. This launch followed a period of over a year during which there were no direct hotlines for reporting unidentified objects directly to the government. The delays in implementing the reporting system had previously drawn criticism from lawmakers and witnesses, as detailed by Politico.
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