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The Pentagon has launched an online reporting tool for current or former federal employees with “direct knowledge” of US government activities involving unidentified anomalous phenomena (UAP), the formal term for what were previously referred to as UFOs.
The All-Domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO), the leading federal agency established to investigate UAP as part of the US Congress’ 2021 defence policy bill, stated that any information received would be included in a report on the phenomenon.
The website, which launched on Tuesday, invites submissions from former or current federal employees “with direct knowledge of US government programmes or activities related to UAP dating back to 1945.” It also states that the tool is “not intended for conveying potentially sensitive or classified information.”
The launch follows the appointment last month of former Pentagon official Mark McInerney as NASA’s first-ever director of UAP research, and comes amid what appears to be a renewed effort from US agencies to investigate the possibility of extraterrestrial life.
Dr. Sean Kirkpatrick, director of AARO, told reporters on Tuesday that he “strongly encourages” government employees “who believe they have firsthand knowledge of a US government UAP programme or activity to please come forward.”
Rumours of US government knowledge of alien life have lingered for decades, dating back to the 1947 crash of an alien spacecraft in Roswell, New Mexico. The United States has also been accused of harbouring alien technology, most notably at its Area 51 military base in Nevada.
Kilpatrick, on the other hand, believes that anyone hoping for science fiction to become science fact will be disappointed. “I currently have no evidence of any programme having ever existed to do any sort of reverse engineering, of any sort of extraterrestrial UAP programme,” he went on to say.