The Pentagon’s chief scientist involved in the investigation of unidentified anomalous phenomena (UAP) fired back at assertions that his Office was not being fully transparent with its findings, and other claims made during a Congressional hearing this week.
Dr. Sean Kirkpatrick, Director of the Pentagon’s All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO), responded to several claims made during Wednesday’s Subcommittee on National Security, the Border, and Foreign Affairs hearing, which featured testimony from two former U.S. Navy pilots and a former intelligence officer involving allegations about information the U.S. federal government may be withholding about UAP.
In a statement posted on LinkedIn, Kirkpatrick praised Congressional efforts to get to the bottom of the UAP issue while expressing displeasure with how AARO and its employees were portrayed during portions of the hearing.
“As the Director of AARO’s amazingly talented, devoted, and highly motivated team,” Kirkpatrick wrote, “I cannot let yesterday’s hearing pass without sharing how insulting it was to the officers of the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community who chose to join AARO,” adding that many of his staff have worked “often in the face of harassment and animosity, to satisfy their Congressionally-mandated mission.”
“They are truth-seekers, as am I,” Kirkpatrick wrote. “But you certainly would not get that impression from yesterday’s hearing.”
The Debrief was able to verify the statement posted on LinkedIn was authored and issued by Kirkpatrick, with the caveat that the comments represented his own personal observations and opinions and not the official position of the U.S. Department of Defense or Intelligence Community.
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