Sean Kirkpatrick, the director of the Pentagon’s All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO), issued a statement on Friday disputing a few of the assertions made by the witnesses at the congressional hearing. He received sharp remarks from parliamentarians when he denied some details of the witnesses’ statements.

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In a statement, he refuted the assertions made by three whistleblowers who claimed to have knowledge of or firsthand experience with covert government initiatives employing “non-human” technology that may be connected to UFOs.

Former top intelligence official David Grusch, one of the witnesses, spoke during his Wednesday testimony about his interactions with Kirkpatrick’s office on UFOs. According to Grusch, he learned that the administration was illegally withholding material from Congress and hiding details concerning crashed non-human spacecraft from the general public.

Who is Sean Kirkpatrick?

Sean M. Kirkpatrick is the director of the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office at the US Department of Defense. He specializes in laser and materials physics. At the University of Georgia, he also works as an adjunct assistant professor of physics.

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Kirkpatrick was born in Columbus, Georgia, into an Army family. He continued his schooling at the University of Georgia, where he studied under William Dennis and received his Bachelor of Science in 1991 before finishing his Ph.D. in 1995. Kirkpatrick concentrated his dissertation work on understanding the nonequilibrium and nonlinear phonon dynamics of rare earth-doped fluoride crystals.

He started working at the Air Force Studies Laboratory in 1997, where he probably continued his laser and materials physics studies and used his knowledge to enhance both science and technology for the Air Force. He joined the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), in 2003.

Kirkpatrick served as the Defense Intelligence Agency’s (DIA) Defense Intelligence Officer for Scientific and Technical Intelligence from 2012 to 2016.

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He took on the position of Deputy Director of Intelligence at the United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) from 2016 to 2017 after leaving the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).