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UFO Sightings have Skyrocketed Since 2021

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In light of a newly established U.S. government office that was created to track reports of unidentified anomalous phenomena (formerly known as UFOs), sightings of possible alien activity have more than doubled.

According to the Pentagon’s All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO), the agency has received “several hundreds” of reports from military personnel on these UAPs since 2021. To put that into perspective, the Department of Defense received 144 such reports from 2004 to 2021.

So why the influx in reports? It could be that reporting these unexplained events has lost much of its negative stigma as high-level officials are starting to come out and admit their own sightings. It could also be the simple fact that people know where to send these reports, now that there’s an agency created specifically for such sightings.


Either way, it’s interesting to note that the increase in reports has caused all military branches to work together to establish a more uniform method of reporting these sightings and help streamline the process.

“[We’re] working with the military departments and the Joint Staff to normalize, integrate and expand UAP reporting beyond the aviators — to all service members — including mariners, submariners and our space Guardians,” AARO director Sean Kirkpatrick explained.

An important caveat to this new attention on the topic is that solid evidence of alien lifeforms has not been officially confirmed. AARO says that they’re certainly open to the possible existence of extraterrestrial life, but the office is mainly concerned with the safety issues that stem from strange objects flying near their military installations.

In May of 2022, Congress held a hearing to help determine whether this uptick in UAPs was the work of China, Russia, or another “potential adversary.” Public safety is the office’s number one priority, according to Kirkpatrick and Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security, Ronald Moultrie.

“The department takes public interest in UAPs seriously,” Moultrie said. “As I said to congressional leaders in May, we are fully committed to the principles of openness and accountability to the American people. We are committed to sharing as much detail with the public as we can.”

[Via AP]

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Shawn has been infatuated with the post-apocalyptic genre since he wore out his horribly American-dubbed VHS of the original Mad Max as a child. Shawn is the former Editor-in-Chief at Joystiq's Massively.com, creator of the Aftermath post-apocalyptic immersion event, and host of the Through the Aftermath podcast for over 11 years. He currently resides on top of a mountain in the middle of nowhere with his wife and four children.

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