- 366 additional UAP have been reported, mainly from military personnel on operations.
- Generally light on detail and vague on wording. No interesting phrases like ‘signature management’ this time.
- Includes contributions from NASA and the FBI, but not the CIA.
- No reported US aircraft crashes with UAP.
- No reported health effects of seeing a UAP.
- Being picked up by some in mainstream media, none in UK at time of writing: CNN, ABC.
11 key points, in order of appearance, with quotes from report
- There has been an increase in the number of UAP reports:
there have been 247 new reports and another 119 that were either since discovered or reported after the preliminary assessment’s time period. This totals 510 UAP reports as of 30 August 2022
- More information on the above is contained within the classified version of the report:
Additional information is provided in the classified version of this report.
- The report claims that the increased UFO reports is mainly because of the perceived risk UAP pose, with less emphasis on the fact that it is because the stigma has been reduced:
the observed increase in the UAP reporting rate 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, and partially due to reduced stigma surrounding UAP reporting.
- The report acknowledges that reports are more likely in areas with large numbers of aircraft and sensors. This is an indirect acknowledgement that there may be far more UAP that aren’t observed because there is no one around to observe them:
UAP events continue to occur in restricted or sensitive airspace, highlighting possible concerns for safety of flight or adversary collection activity. We continue 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
- Quarterly reports to government are being produced:
AARO delivers quarterly reports on UAP to policymakers that contain greater detail regarding analysis and attribution of UAP events
- The report includes contributions from these 17 agencies. Notably missing are the CIA and U.S. Space Force.
- Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security (USD[I&S])
- Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
- National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)
- National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
- National Security Agency (NSA)
- U.S. Army
- U.S. Navy
- U.S. Marine Corps
- U.S. Air Force
- Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
- National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
- Department of Energy (DoE)
- ODNI/NIM-Emerging and Disruptive Technology (NIMEDT)
- ODNI/National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC)
- ODNI/National Intelligence Council (ODNI/NIC)
- They begin with the assumption that human observation reports and sensor data are accurate:
AARO operate 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 assessments. However, ODNI and AARO acknowledge that a select number of UAP incidents may be attributable to sensor irregularities or variances, such as operator or equipment error.
- Half of the newly reported incidents exhibited ‘unremarkable characteristics’. I.e. they’re trying to write them off.
AARO’s initial analysis and characterization of the 366 newly-identified reports, informed by a multi-agency process, judged more than half as exhibiting unremarkable characteristics:
26 characterized as Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) or UAS-like entities;
163 characterized as balloon or balloon-like entities; and
6 attributed to clutter
- Some of the remaining ones have “demonstrated unusual flight characteristics or performance capabilities”. This is a softening of the language i.e. they’re not talking about signature management this time.
- There have been no crashes between US aircraft and UFOs. This makes their concern about the risk of such a thing seem odd – they’re worrying about something that has never happened.
To date, there have been no reported collisions between U.S. aircraft and UAP.
- There have been no health-related issues with UAP ‘confirmed’.
there have also been no encounters with UAP confirmed to contribute directly to adverse health-related effects to the observer(s). Acknowledging that health-related effects may appear at any time after an event occurs, AARO will track any reported health implications related to UAP should they emerge.