On Friday, December 16, the Pentagon held a media roundtable to provide an update on its latest UFO project known as the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO). This event was led by Ronald Moultrie, Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security, and Dr. Sean Kirkpatrick, AARO’s director. Department of Defense media spokesperson Sue Gough moderated the roundtable.
Under Secretary Moultrie revealed that the office is operating with a new definition of UAP:
“You may have caught that I just said unidentified anomalous phenomena, whereas in the past the department has used the term unidentified aerial phenomena. This new terminology expands the scope of UAP to include submerged and trans-medium objects. Unidentified phenomena in all domains, whether in the air, ground, sea or space, pose potential threats to personnel security and operations security, and they require our urgent attention.”
As is always the case, questions were asked about evidence of aliens or extraterrestrial technology. Moultrie addressed this question multiple times, and he explained:
“We are being very thorough about this, and we are going back and trying to understand all the compartmented programs that this department has had, understand all the relationships that we may have had with any other organizations and all the predecessor organizations that were established before we were officially a Department of Defense. We’ve looked at all that; I have not seen anything in those holdings to date that would suggest that there has been an alien visitation, an alien crash, or anything like that.”
Moultrie acknowledged the UFO report issued to Congress back in August of 2022. And he also stated that a report was also issued in November. Both he and Dr. Kirkpatrick alluded to the impending release of this second report, stating that it will be “coming out here shortly.”
You can read the full transcript of this media roundtable on the U.S. Department of Defense website.
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