The mouthful that once was AOIMSG, or the Airborne Object Identification and Management Group, is now the All-Domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO). Just a few hours ago, the U.S. Department of Defense issued a release announcing the establishment of the new UFO investigative group under a more pronounceable acronym, although critics are already citing the use of the word "Anomaly" as an indicator that the Pentagon may seek to find (at all cost) a prosaic explanation for any and all unidentified phenomena no matter how bizarre and sophisticated it may appear.
Ronald S. Moultrie, the current Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence & Security and key participant in the recent UFO hearing, appointed Dr. Sean M. Kirkpatrick as the director of AARO. Dr. Kirkpatrick, who previously served as chief scientist at the Defense Intelligence Agency's Missile and Space Intelligence Center, will now lead all UFO investigations for the DOD.
According to the Pentagon release, some of responsibilities befalling the new office will include: "detect, identify and attribute objects of interest in, on or near military installations, operating areas, training areas, special use airspace and other areas of interest, and, as necessary, to mitigate any associated threats to safety of operations and national security. This includes anomalous, unidentified space, airborne, submerged and transmedium objects."
This concerted effort aims to determine whether UFOs represent a clear threat to the national security of the United States as well as a potential opportunity to derive useful technology from such vehicles. Contingent on the findings of the investigation, language in the document also calls for the "mitigation" and "defeat" of said unidentified objects, but no clear rules of engagement are put forth. This recent development is expected to generate some controversy in the UFO community as pundits dissect every word in the release. We'll keep you posted.