Tuesday, the Pentagon released a new online tool for the military and federal workers to report seeing strange things in the sky.
They can now use an online form to share knowledge of U.S. government activities or programs related to unidentified anomalous phenomena (UAP) as far back as 1945. This is open to current and past U.S. service members, government workers, and contractors.
According to Sean Kirkpatrick, director of the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO) in the Defense Department, the form can be filled out through that office.
The official declassified information on UAPs, such as pictures and videos, can now be seen by the public thanks to the new reporting system, which was added to AARO’s website in late August.
The form isn’t made for public use, but, according to Kirkpatrick, they are looking into ways for the public to do that in the third part of the secure reporting mechanism, “which is coming up soon.”
AARO was created by last year’s National Defense Authorization Act to take on more duties. It used to be called the Airborne Object Identification and Management Group.
Kirkpatrick said that the data would be included in a report that Congress requires to be turned in in June. His office collects data on UAP events going back to 1945. The report is meant to help look into possible U.S. government projects linked to these strange events.
The form differs from how service members can report current UAP sightings that the Joint Staff released in May.
He clarified that any information on the form would be “protected as personal and private.” The same was true for information given in follow-up interviews with AARO officials.
Congress has been critical of the Pentagon for months for not giving them enough information about UAP incidents. Finally, the form is here after months of delays.
It also comes after David Grusch, a former intelligence official, gave shocking testimony at a House hearing in July. He said the Pentagon is hiding proof about alien ships and lifeforms.
Grusch informed the House Oversight Committee that the Pentagon is hiding a long-running program that tries to figure out how “nonhuman” technology works, and he claims to know “the exact locations” of the materials.
The Pentagon, on the other hand, has rejected these claims and said it has not found any information that can be used to back up Grusch’s claims.