“Dr. Kirkpatrick has served the American people with honesty and integrity, tackling an incredibly difficult mission to explain the unknown,” said Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks.
“I’m ready to move on. I have accomplished everything I said I was going to do,” Kirkpatrick told Politico.
Dr. Kirkpatrick testified at a Congressional hearing this past April.
He also spoke at a meeting of the NASA Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena Independent Study Team in May.
A report in the Daily Mail accuses Kirkpatrick of lying to the public, making false statements about whistleblowers and ignoring their sightings.
He has sparred publicly with former intelligence officer turned whistleblower David Grusch and activists. This has reportedly led some to turn down requests for interviews due to a lack of trust.
The Department of Defense and Office of the Director of National Intelligence will oversee the hiring of the next AARO Director.