Shown at recent Congressional hearing, Video 1 2021 flyby movie showing a purported UAP.
Credit: Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence, and Counterproliferation Subcommittee/Inside Outer Space screengrab

The U.S. Department of Defense has established the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office – a progressive step to synchronize efforts between the DoD and other U.S. federal departments and agencies.

While not using the term Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon (UAP) or Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs), the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO) duties are clear: “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 DoD statement explains.

Sean M. Kirkpatrick

Director named

The AARO is being stood up within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security. Also the AARO director has been named – Dr. Sean M. Kirkpatrick, most recently the chief scientist at the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Missile and Space Intelligence Center.

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:

  1. Surveillance, Collection and Reporting
  2. System Capabilities and Design
  3. Intelligence Operations and Analysis
  4. Mitigation and Defeat
  5. Governance
  6. Science and Technology

Transfer of data

Credit: Via petitions

In addition, the Secretary of the Navy was directed to disestablish the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF) no later than the date the AARO is established, and to support the orderly transition of the UAPTF, including the transfer of any data, analysis, or other relevant material, to the newly created All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office.

For more information on this office, along with AARO establishment memos and Kirkpatrick’s biography, go to:

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