The much-anticipated release on UFOs was released by the Pentagon Office of the Director of National Intelligence to Congress on June 25 2021. Needless to say, it goes well short of confirming that aliens are observing Earth. But there are some interesting observations to be made. Interestingly, the military has rebranded unidentified flying objects as Unidentified Aerial Phenomena – UAP. I guess that means they may not, in fact, be flying [as we know it] at all.
Why is this report on important?
The main reason that this report is important, I believe, is that it gives credibility to the UAP phenomenon. If we observe something that is out of the ordinary, especially something well beyond what we have been told is ‘normal,’ then answers are required. Such answers require a thorough scientific investigation by bonafide personnel – usually not the military, even if they are first on the scene.
The report encourages the U.S. government to collect better data on UAP. Its release should encourage qualified scientists to interpret that data without any stigma being attached. It is also subtitled ‘A Preliminary Assessment’.
Some of the contents of the report
The nine-page report doesn’t say what the 144 sightings from 2004 to 2021 are, but does say that the government wants to collect better data. This is a step in the right direction. In fact, of the 144 sightings checked out, the task force was able to identify only one reported UAP with high confidence. In that case, the object was identified as a large, deflating balloon. The others remained unexplained.
Other points outlined were:
- “Limited data and inconsistent reporting are key challenges to evaluating UAP.”
- Some observations “could be the result of sensor errors, spoofing, or observer misperception.”
- “UAP clearly pose a safety of flight issue and may pose a challenge to U.S. national security.”
- “Some UAP may be technologies deployed by another nations, or non-governmental entity.”
These are fairly open-ended observations, but seem to indicate that UAP are real, and of unknown origin. On the last point, it is hard to believe that another nation would be so far ahead of the USA in such areas. And, of course, it does not explain UAP sightings reported in other countries.
Recommendations of the report:
Basically that the U.S. needs to collect and analyze more information, consolidate reporting, develop a more efficient way of screening and processing the reports. You can read the full nine page report here: https://www.theverge.com/2021/6/25/22550575/pentagon-ufo-uap-unclassified-report-congress
It must be pointed out that this is a very limited investigation. It deals only with the USA. And it deals only with the USA military incidents from 2004 to 2021. Therefore, it is quite limited in its coverage. But it does state that they are not from US operations.
However, the report is important because it opens the door for a serious look at UFOs or UAP, and encourages the U.S. government to collect better scientific data.
Also, and importantly, the report does not rule out that some UAP may be of extraterrestrial origin. Republican senator Marco Rubio, who has been a staunch advocate for investigation into UAP, celebrated the report but emphasized that it is “just a first step”.
A senior official said 21 of the reports show UAP “that appear to have some sort of advanced propulsion or advanced technology”.