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Head of Pentagon's UFO office is stepping down after just 18 months

By T.K. Randall
November 9, 2023 · Comment icon 50 comments
Dr. Sean Kirkpatrick, director of AARO.
Why is Kirkpatrick leaving so soon ? Image Credit: NASA / Joel Kowsky
Sean Kirkpatrick had postponed his own retirement to head up the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office.
According to reports, Kirkpatrick, who took on the role as director of the Pentagon's fledgling UFO investigation office just 18 months ago, is now set to step down in December.

He will be temporarily replaced by his deputy, Tim Phillips, until a new permanent director is found.

"I'm ready to move on," he said. "I have accomplished everything I said I was going to do."

The move has certainly raised a few eyebrows and it is currently unclear exactly what prompted him to step down from the role so soon.

Earlier this year, Kirkpatrick had been at loggerheads with David Grusch - the whistleblower (and former top-level clearance holder at the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force) who made the startling claim that the US government had long been in possession of "intact and partially intact vehicles of non-human origin".
"So, Mr. Grusch, since AARO has stood up and since I've been director, has not come to see us and provided any information," Kirkpatrick said.

"To be clear, AARO has yet to find any credible evidence to support the allegations of any reverse engineering program for non-human technology."

Whether or not Grusch had anything at all to do with Kirkpatrick's decision to stand down, however, remains unclear.

"Dr. Kirkpatrick has served the American people with honesty and integrity, tackling an incredibly difficult mission to explain the unknown," said Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks.

"His commitment to transparency with the United States Congress and the American public on UAP leaves a legacy the department will carry forward as AARO continues its mission."

Source: Politico | Comments (50)




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Comment icon #41 Posted by skyeagle409 8 months ago
  Seems that things are slowly coming out into the open. Extraterrestrial 'technical surprise' is a top concern, Pentagon UFO investigator says   The scientist and military intelligence officer leading the Pentagon's task force for unidentified anomalous phenomena (UAPs) -- which the public calls UFOs -- says being caught off guard by "intelligent or extraterrestrial technical surprise" remains a top concern as investigators analyze more than 800 cases of mysterious sightings reported by U.S. military personnel dating back decades.  Extraterrestrial 'technical surprise' is top concern,... [More]
Comment icon #42 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 8 months ago
   Kirkpatrick said:   "A number of these [whistleblowers] believe and have stated -- and we believe them now -- that they have seen something. And we are investigating," he said. Also, "800 cases of mysterious sightings reported by U.S. military personnel dating back decades. " When this first started, it was 200 cases going back to 2004;  
Comment icon #43 Posted by Trelane 8 months ago
....except for the golden goose and alleged savior for disclosure Grusch. He has gone completely silent. Hmmmm ?
Comment icon #44 Posted by skyeagle409 8 months ago
Apparently, you were unaware of the rest of the story surrounding David Grusch now that a number of people have come forward and verified his testimony before Congress and it seems that you were also unaware the Intelligence Community Inspector General found Mr Grosch’s complaint to be “credible” and “urgent before he appeared before Congress.  
Comment icon #45 Posted by Trelane 8 months ago
There have not been any further individuals to have come forward and validate/corroborate the statements made specifically by and related to David Grusch. There have also been no additional hearings for testimony in front of Congress since the hearings in July.  Anyone making these statements are either deliberately ignorant or lying.
Comment icon #46 Posted by skyeagle409 8 months ago
Let's see if you are correct.  "The Intelligence Community Inspector General found Mr Grusch’s complaint to be “credible” and “urgent” in July 2022 and a summary was given to the Director of National Intelligence, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, according to Mr Grusch." David Charles Grusch: UFO ‘whistleblower’ says government has ‘intact’ non-human craft | The Independent Intelligence Officials Say U.S. Has Retrieved Craft of Non-Human Origin - The Debrief It's apparent that you were unaware of the rest of ... [More]
Comment icon #47 Posted by Trelane 8 months ago
Again, contrary to those who may have claimed. There have not been any further individuals to have come forward and validate/corroborate the statements made specifically by and related to David Grusch. There have also been no additional hearings for testimony in front of Congress since the hearings in July.   All parties of acknowledgement or who have made statements have done so well before Mr. Grusch's statements to the Senate panel in July. I understand though, reading comprehension is tough for some. Anyone making these statements are either deliberately ignorant or lying. My current dut... [More]
Comment icon #48 Posted by skyeagle409 8 months ago
Apparently, your claim has been proven false, and I also noticed that you ignored references to that fact at post  #47   
Comment icon #49 Posted by Herr Falukorv 8 months ago
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Comment icon #50 Posted by Alchopwn 8 months ago
This has much more to do with humanity's superior ability to shed waste heat from our bodies.  Our ability to perspire as well as pant stops us from overheating, which is what causes exhaustion during pursuit on the African Savannah.  In fact, out gait is not particularly energy efficient, and human bodies aren't particularly energy efficient either, or we would in fact be quadrupeds and much larger. Our development of large brains is heavily augmented by our ability to use our hands to create tools.  Other species create and use simple tools, but nowhere near the level of humans.  It is a... [More]


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