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Over 150 UFO sightings still unexplained, according to declassified report

The 2022 Annual Report on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena has revealed that the majority of new sightings are certainly explainable, but a large number still remain a mystery.

The declassified
report, published Jan, 12, 2023, touches on the 366 new sightings since the previous report was released. The total catalogued sightings now total 510.

However, the report describes more than half of the sightings/objects as “exhibiting unremarkable characteristics.”

The majority of the new submissions come from U.S. Navy and Air Force aviators, who report to the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office, created by the Department of Defense in 2022.

Of the 366 newly identified reports, 163 are characterized as “balloon or balloon-like entities,” 26 are characterized as “Unmanned Aircraft System or UAS-like entities,” and another six are attributed to clutter. Clutter is defined in the document as “birds, weather events, or airborne debris like plastic bags.”

The remaining 171 sightings are “uncharacterized and unattributed,” the report says, adding that some of the uncharacterized UAP “appear to have demonstrated unusual flight characteristics or performance capabilities, and require further analysis.”

Some outlets have been quick to dismiss the remaining unattributed sightings; the
New York Times says that “the failure to categorize many incidents has frustrated intelligence officials and fueled conspiracy theories,” claiming that Pentagon officials say the incomplete findings are due to inadequate sensor collection, not “advanced technology or any sort of government cover-up.”

However, no attribution or citation was provided for that claim.

The UAP does state however that the agencies are working to solve any data management/collection problems, including the “intake, indexing, visualization, and analysis of that data across multiple security domains.”

The report gives no update or information regarding extraterrestrial or alien life, with the latest mention of such coming during a Defense Department briefing in December 2022.

According to the
New York Post, the Pentagon’s top intelligence official was asked if any “affirmative evidence” exists for aliens or other life.

“At this time, the answer’s no, we have nothing,” answered Ronald Moultrie, the under secretary of defense for intelligence and security.

The report also notes that in fiscal year 2022, the definition of UAP has been expanded to “air, sea, and transmedium objects.”

Transmedium objects or devices are further defined in the report as “objects or devices that are observed to transition between space and the atmosphere, or between the atmosphere and bodies of water, that are not immediately identifiable.”

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