June 25, the U.S. Department of Defense will release a report on UAPs (unidentified aerial phenomena), a term now preferred to UFOs (unidentified flying objects).
A number of unusual sightings since 2017 prompted Congress to ask for a report. According to space industry reporter Leonard David, the justification is airspace safety and control, not an effort to support or refute claims about alien spacecraft: “The report’s firmest conclusion, it seems, is that the vast majority of UAP happenings and their surprising maneuvers are not caused by any U.S. advanced technology programs.” That might mean, for example,
UAP are entirely homegrown products of revolutionary and clandestine technological advances, whether by other countries now challenging American airspace or by the U.S. itself as part of some supersecret domestic program meant to detect flaws in the nation’s defenses? The mind boggles.
Leonard David, “Experts Weigh In on Pentagon UFO Report” at Scientific American (June 8, 2021)
Reason enough for investigation. The UFO rumor mill is powered, in part, as David notes, by the military habit of assuming that everything is classified unless otherwise noted. That naturally creates the impression “the Pentagon is hiding something.”
Of course, that’s true. The Pentagon is always hiding something! What not necessarily true is that whatever the Pentagon is hiding has any intrinsic importance for the rest of humanity. But we shall see.
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