Pentagon official at UFO Senate hearing ‘concerned about’ China and Russia’s advanced tech

Sean Kirkpatrick, director of the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office, said he's "concerned" about U.S. adversaries' technological capabilities to attack and surveil U.S. interests

The Pentagon’s office responsible for tracking of UFOs has warned lawmakers about “emerging technologies” and “advanced capabilities” of potential foreign adversaries, specifically Russia and China. These “are worrying.”

Sean Kirkpatrick said that there is no proof of alien technology or life during the Senate meeting on Wednesday of the Armed Services Subcommittee for Emerging Threats.

Kirkpatrick was asked to comment on the capabilities of Russia and China to spy and attack U.S. interests. He said, “I am concerned as to what this nexus consists of.”

I have some indications that they are linked to foreign capabilities. “We have to look into that with [our intelligence community partners].”




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Sean Kirkpatrick testified to the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on New Threats and Capabilities on April 19, 2023

He did not elaborate on the “indicators,” but said that America’s enemies, particularly China, “aren’t waiting” and are “advancing rapidly.”

They are more risk-averse than we are when it comes to technical progress. Kirkpatrick stated that they are willing to test things out and see if it works.




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Are there any capabilities that could be used in an ISR (intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance) or weaponry fashion? Absolutely. “Do I have any evidence that this is happening in these cases?”

Kirkpatrick took a few moments to consider his answer before responding, “No, I do not, but there are some worrying indicators.”

UAP Reporting Trends presented to the Senate at an April 19, 2023 hearing

He didn’t elaborate on “indicators” again.

The AARO Director said he was talking about a single percentage of all cases analyzed. He said that’s about 650 reports. It’s hard to determine an object’s provenance without seeing a flag on the side.




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In the past 50 years, this is the only second time that lawmakers have publicly discussed UFOs. The first hearing was held in May.

Kirkpatrick gave an overview of his department’s work before being bombarded by questions from legislators. He also presented several infographics on the reporting trends for unidentified anomalous phenomenon (UAP), and discussed a few specific cases.

UAP Reporting Trends presented at a Senate hearing on April 19, 2023 U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services

UAPs (a Department of Defense term for UFO) have been reported more frequently in recent years, as the stigma of reporting such encounters has slowly worn off, and the government is increasing its focus on potential safety risks that unexplained flying objects could pose to U.S. Military personnel.

Many whistleblowers, former military pilots, and others have spoken out about their encounters with UFOs. One of them is ex-Navy pilot Ryan Graces who spoke of objects that showed “contacts on radar and contacts on camera system.”

“We saw these with our eyes… two aircraft from my Squadron were flying together, and one object went right between their aircraft.”

In February, the issue heated up after the U.S. shot a Chinese observation balloon and three unidentified flying object in American airspace for eight days.

UAP Reporting Trends presented at a Senate hearing on April 19, 2023 U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services

A U.S. official stated in February that the ongoing review of hundreds of UAP reports by military personnel by the U.S. Intelligence Communityand the Pentagon was one of several techniques used to identify the Chinese spy ballon.




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Graves stated in March that “we need to be able accept agnostically as a media the fact that there are uncertainties and approach it from first principles.” We’d be barking at the wrong tree if we wrapped it up in all this context about little-green men.

He said that he did not know what the objects were or could be. If it is a matter of national security, then the case is clearly in your court.

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