The Pentagon’s new office for investigating potential UFO sightings has received hundreds of new reports in 2022, and while it can explain more than half of those events, a sizable chunk remains a mystery.
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence had released unclassified version of the government’s new report on UFOs, as the annual report stems from a law that also requires the ODNI to send Congress a classified version of the report each year.
In the recent sightings, the All-Domain Anomaly Resolution Office and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence reported that they are focusing on some 171 cases, among them include objects that appear to have demonstrated unusual flight characteristics or performance capabilities, and require further analysis.
According to the report, the Pentagon office responsible for tracking and studying the sightings has preliminarily identified 163 of the reports as ‘Balloon or balloon-entities.’
A handful of other reports have been attributed to drones, birds, weather events or airborne debris like plastic bags.
However, the initial characterization does not mean positively resolved or unidentified, as the report cautioned. While the remaining 171 reported sightings of UAPs or UFOs continue to be unexplained by the US government.
“Some of these uncharacterized UAP appear to have demonstrated unusual flight characteristics or performance capabilities and require further analysis,” the report found.
“Initial characterization does not mean positively resolved or unidentified,
“About half of the new cases could not be explained and appear to have demonstrated unusual flight characteristics or performance capabilities, and require further analysis,” The report further noted.
A classified version of the report was submitted to lawmakers, as mandated by a defense spending bill passed by the last Congress.
The public report said multiple factors affect the observation of an unidentified aerial phenomenon (UAP) “such as weather, illumination, atmospheric effects, or the accurate interpretation of sensor data.”
The majority of new sightings came from Navy and Air Force aviators and operators, according to the report, explaining that, the new reports bring the total number of UFO cases to 510.
“The increase is partially due to a better understanding of the possible threats that UAP may represent, either as safety of flight hazards or as potential adversary collection platforms,” the report said.
However, the report cites that, the absence of evidence that UFO sightings could be linked to foreign adversaries, the government agencies will continue to investigate any evidence of possible foreign government involvement in UAP events.”