Dr. Sean Kirkpatrick, the head of the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office, is retiring from the federal government after nearly 18 months on the job, reported "Politico".
“I’m ready to move on. I have accomplished everything I said I was going to do,” Kirkpatrick said, adding that he still wants to finish a few tasks,
Kirkpatrick’s deputy, Tim Phillips, will lead the office in an acting role until the Pentagon hires a permanent replacement,
“Dr. Kirkpatrick has served the American people with honesty and integrity, tackling an incredibly difficult mission to explain the unknown,” Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks said in a statement. “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.”
It would be interesting while retiring if Dr.Kirkpatrick could enumerate the causes that led him to make his decision, but, given his military formation, it is almost certainly he won't.
It seems to us that he has had to face bureaucratic criteria that are difficult to overcome, a lack of resources to the extent that they would be necessary, and a lack of interest in the work of AARO that goes to the detriment of all his dedication and efforts to make the Office as effective as possible.
Wherever he goes, we wish Dr. Kirkpatrick success. He deserves it.