Thanks to a new website launched by the Department of Defense (DoD), the American public will soon have access to all publicly available data on unidentified aerial objects (UAPs).
The U.S. Department of Defense announced on Thursday that the site was established through the All-Area Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO). While the site is still under construction, it promises to “regularly keep the public informed about AARO’s work and findings” and will soon provide a way for those with first-hand knowledge of UAPs, commonly referred to as unidentified flying objects (UFOs), to Report their situation to Online Encounters.
“this [DoD] “We are committed to reassuring the American people about the transparency of AARO’s work on the UAP,” Air Force Brigadier General Patrick Ryder, the Pentagon’s press secretary, told reporters at a news conference on Thursday. One-stop shop for information related to AARO and UAP, AARO will regularly update the website with its latest activities and findings as new information is cleared for public release. “
The website launched more than a month after three witnesses testified to Congress that the U.S. government has known about UAPs for decades and that individuals who try to report encounters are routinely met with retaliatory measures by Defense Department officials.One of the witnesses, former Navy fighter pilot Ryan Graves, previously said Weekly newspaper He hopes lawmakers’ interest in the topic will push the Pentagon to increase UAP transparency to the American public.
One of the upcoming features on the AARO website will allow “current or former US Government employees, service members, or contractors with direct knowledge of US Government programs” to submit reports on UAP-related activities. According to the website, the reports may relate to encounters going back to 1945 and will help inform AARO’s Historical Records Report, which was mandated by Congress under the National Defense Authorization Act when the office was created last year.
AARO noted that the reporting form was “intended to serve as an initial point of contact” and “not intended to convey potentially sensitive or confidential information.”Ministry of Defense spokeswoman Sue Goff said: Weekly newspaper Was told by email that AARO’s “safety reporting mechanism” is expected to start in late October.
“After submitting a report, AARO staff may contact you to request further details or to arrange an informational interview,” the website says.
Some “official UAP videos” are already available on the site, including November 2004 footage of an object picked up by a Navy F/A-18 jet that matches the description of a Tic Tac-like UAP found by the former Navy Pilot David Fravor.Fravor spoke about the encounter for the first time on the show 60 minutes December 2017, but described the object again in testimony to Congress last month.
Most UAPs reported between 1996 and 2023 were about 3 to 13 feet in size and white, silver, or translucent in color, according to charts shared on the AARO website. People also describe these objects as usually round or spherical.
Update 8/31/23 9:54PM ET: This article has been updated with additional comments from the Department of Defense.