by Brett Tingley
The Pentagon and the seal of
Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images/Public Domain)
that the U.S.
appears to be
The Pentagon's long-awaited 2022 report on unidentified aerial
phenomena, or UAP, is finally here.
The unclassified "2022
Annual Report on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena" was
published by the Pentagon's Office of the Director of National
Intelligence (ODNI) on Thursday (Jan. 12) after a months-long
The report was
mandated by the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act and was
created by ODNI's National Intelligence Manager for Aviation and the
newly-established All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO).
Input was gathered
intelligence community agencies and military intelligence
National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration
Department of Energy (DoE)
covers some 510 cataloged UAP reports gathered from agencies
involved in the report and the branches of the United States
The document notes
that the majority of these were gathered from U.S. Navy and U.S. Air
Force personnel who reported them through official channels.
unclassified report concludes that, while UAP,
represent a hazard to flight safety and pose a possible
adversary collection threat," many of the reports "lack enough
detailed data to enable attribution of UAP with high certainty."
Out of these 510 total
UAP reports, ODNI assessed 366 that had been newly identified since
26 were characterized
as uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS), or drones
163 were attributed
to balloons or "balloon-like entities," and six were found to be
airborne "clutter" such as birds or airborne plastic shopping
That leaves 171 reported UAP sightings that remain
"uncharacterized and unattributed",
...according to ODNI's
"Some of these
uncharacterized UAP appear to have demonstrated unusual flight
characteristics or performance capabilities, and require further
analysis," the report adds.
While there are no
definite Earth-shattering conclusions about the origins of the UAP
(as unidentified flying objects, or UFOs, have recently been
rebranded) seen in the incidents analyzed in ODNI's unclassified
highlights a growing emphasis on airspace safety, prompted in
part by the recent proliferation of drones,
...some of which might
represent intelligence-gathering efforts by the United States'
"UAP events continue
to occur in restricted or sensitive airspace, highlighting
possible concerns for safety of flight or adversary collection
activity," ODNI states in the report.
The agency continues,
"to assess that this
may result from a collection bias due to the number of active
aircraft and sensors, combined with focused attention and
guidance to report anomalies."
In other words, military
aviators in controlled airspace may be reporting more UAP/UFOs in
these areas because there are naturally more sensors scanning the
skies around military facilities and training ranges.
Additionally, the report notes that factors such as weather
conditions, lighting and atmospheric effects can affect the
observation of presumed UAP.
The office therefore
"under the assumption
that UAP reports are derived from the observer's accurate
recollection of the event and/or sensors that generally operate
correctly and capture enough real data to allow initial
However, the report notes
that some of the cataloged UAP incidents covered in the report may
have been caused by operator or equipment error or faults with the
sensors used that detected UAP in these events.
"It is clear that
there is an urgent and critical need to improve aerospace safety
by dedicating scientific research into UAP," said Ryan Graves,
former Navy F/A-18 pilot and chair of the American Institute of
Aeronautics and Astronautics' Unidentified Aerospace
Phenomena Integration & Outreach Committee (UAPIOC), in a
statement following the release of the ODNI's report.
"We must stop
unscrupulous speculation, break stigma, and invest in science to
address this national safety threat," Graves added.
While improving flight
safety in both domestic and military airspace is the principal
motivation underlying the creation of the report, the document notes
"there have been no
reported collisions between U.S. aircraft and UAP" to date.
have also been no UAP encounters,
contribute directly to adverse health-related effects to the
observer(s)," contrary to many claims
made in recent years.
While far from a
smoking gun of any kind, the ODNI's report shows that,
government appears to be taking UAP and airspace safety issues
seriously following years of media sensationalism surrounding a
handful of highly publicized encounters
reported by U.S. Navy aviators
in training ranges off the coast of Southern California.
To date, the
Pentagon asserts that these cases remain 'unexplained'...