Hundreds of new reports of UFO sightings were received by the Pentagon’s new office in 2022, and while it is able to explain over half of them, a considerable portion remains unsolved.
In the new batch of sightings, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the All-Domain Anomaly Resolution Office emphasize 171 cases, including those in which objects demonstrate unusual flight characteristics or performance capabilities that require further investigation.
An unclassified version of the government’s new UFO report was released on Thursday by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. A classified version of the report must also be sent annually to Congress.
The All-Domain Anomaly Resolution Office has received 366 reports of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena.
This total includes 247 new UAP reports and another 119 that occurred before March 2021 but weren’t included earlier.
There were just 144 reports covering a 17-year period in the preliminary report released in June 2021, which suggests a steep increase in UAP sightings. At the end of August 2022, the All-Domain Anomaly Resolution Office, or AARO, had 510 UAP reports in its files after the subsequent additions.
A rise in UAP reports has been attributed to the U.S. government’s efforts “to destigmatize UAP and instead recognize the potential risks” it poses, both as an aviation hazard and as “potential adversarial activity,” such as foreign surveillance.
195 objects had “unremarkable characteristics” according to the All-Domain Anomaly Resolution Office’s initial analysis, saying they were linked to common activities.
The majority of those reports — 163 — were attributed to balloons “or balloon-like entities,” the government said. 26 were attributed to drones (the report notes an increase in civilian drone use). Six reports were attributed to “clutter” — a category that includes plastic bags, weather phenomena, and birds.
In weeks before the report was released, journalists asked two senior officials if they had discovered any anomalies that might indicate alien visitors.
According to Ronald Moultrie, the undersecretary of defense for intelligence and security, “we don’t have anything at this time.” adding, “We have not seen anything that would lead us to believe that any of the objects we have seen are of alien origin.”