The Pentagon’s All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO), the U.S. government’s most recent initiative to investigate unidentified flying objects, recently released its new website and may have dropped some veiled hints in the process. As reported by The Hill, the website launch was largely routine, but a seemingly benign image caught the attention of those keen on details.

The document outlining the office’s mission contains an intriguing image: a metallic sphere divided into quarters. For the casual viewer, the symbol might appear insignificant, but upon further examination, it’s revealed that this image is a stock photo labeled “alien technology in a metallic ball.” According to The Hill, this detail raises questions that go beyond simple creative choices for a website.

Sean Kirkpatrick, AARO’s director, provided some context that makes this imagery even more interesting. As of May this year, the office had received 800 reports involving observed objects that can be best described as “spheres,” which range between three to 13 feet in diameter and appear “white, silver, or translucent” in color. Such descriptions align remarkably well with the image showcased in the mission document, lending credence to the possibility that the graphic choice might not be a random one.

Multiple videos and images released in the recent past corroborate these descriptions. These visual documents, captured by U.S. servicemembers, often showcase perplexing objects that fall into the category Kirkpatrick describes. Moreover, these objects have been detected traveling at varying speeds, from being stationary to reaching Mach 2, with no thermal exhaust detected — details that The Hill found particularly noteworthy.

These reports are based on multi-sensor observations, which is considered the gold standard of data collection. This begs the question: How can these objects stay stationary in high winds, travel at the speed of sound, and make unique maneuvers without emitting a heat signature?

Interestingly, Ryan Graves, a former U.S. Navy fighter pilot, described similar characteristics of such unidentified objects during a congressional hearing in late July. Like the reports Kirkpatrick receives, Graves and other naval aviators have also observed these bizarre objects, which can stay airborne for long periods, defying the capabilities of modern-day fighter jets.

These accounts are far from new; they date back to at least the 1940s. During World War II, American aircrews reported seeing objects that could be described as “silver balls” and “silver spheres,” eerily similar to more recent sightings. Documents from the 1950s, including reports from NATO naval exercises, confirm similar encounters with such objects.


The symbolic metallic sphere in the mission document, thus, might not be a random choice, but rather a subtle nod to the very phenomena AARO has been set up to investigate. As The Hill reports, the office’s public image and underlying message may be more closely aligned than we might initially think.

SOURCE: The information and context for this article were primarily drawn from a story published on The Hill, which can be read in full here.


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