8 takeaways from the government’s big UFO report
Which is a big deal! Especially when you consider that for decades the US government has totally denied the existence of flying objects that it simply could not identify or, in some situations, explain.
Despite all this, there was a number interesting information in the report. I pulled out a few key quotes – and added some context as well. It’s below.
1. “Our data analysis supports the idea that if and when individual PAN incidents are resolved, they will fall into one of five potential explanatory categories: air congestion, natural atmospheric phenomena, USG development programs or of American industry, foreign adversary systems and an “other” bin tote. “
Okay, so there are five basic categories for UFOs according to the report: random airborne, uh, stuff (like birds), weather phenomena, defense prototypes – either from the US or “alien adversary systems.” “, then” the other trash “. “And, yes, I (and the rest of the world) am most interested in the ‘other’ bac.
2. “After carefully reviewing this information, the UAPTF focused on reports involving UAPs widely observed firsthand by military aviators and which were collected from systems that we believed to be reliable.”
UAPTF is short for Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force, of course. (There is nothing the government loves more than acronyms.) And, what that line says is that the task force decided to give precedence to UFO reports “whose direct witnesses are military aviators. Which is rightly interpreted to mean that these reports are a) serious and b) credible.
3. “No standardized reporting mechanism existed until the Navy established one in March 2019. The Air Force then adopted this mechanism in November 2020, but it remains limited to US government reporting. “
Astonishing! There was no formal way within the government to record UFO sightings until the Navy started one in 2019 !!! And the Air Force didn’t follow suit until about six months ago! Which reveals a) how reluctant the government has been to recognize UFOs and b) how many sightings were almost certainly missed.
4. “[There were] 144 reports come from USG sources. Of these, 80 reports involved observation with multiple sensors. “
This line establishes the universe, ahem, that the task force looked at. There were incidents between 2004 and 2021 – and more than half were confirmed by “multiple sensors”.
5. “Accounts of Airmen from the operational community and from Army and IC analysts describe the denigration associated with sighting, reporting or attempting to discuss the UAP. with colleagues. Although the effects of these stigmas have diminished as senior members of science, the political, military, and intelligence communities seriously engage on the subject in public, the reputational risk can keep many observers silent , which complicates the scientific pursuit of the subject. “
Important things here – a recognition that the number of UFO reports may have been kept artificially low due to the stigma long attached to reporting this stuff, especially among the military and intelligence community. This, according to the task force, has decreased somewhat as “senior members of the scientific, political, military and intelligence communities seriously engage on the subject in public”.
6. “In 18 incidents, described in 21 reports, observers reported unusual UAP movement patterns or flight characteristics. Some UAPs appeared to remain stationary in high winds, moving upwind, maneuvering sharply, or shifting. at considerable speed, with no discernible propulsion means. In a small number of cases, military aircraft systems have processed radio frequency (RF) energy associated with PSU observations. “
7. “Except for the case where we determined with great confidence that the reported UAP was an aerial clutter, particularly a deflating balloon, we currently lack sufficient information in our dataset to assign the incidents to specific explanations. “
So, once the thing people thought was a UFO was a “deflating balloon.” But, ALL other times, the military and intelligence community cannot explain what the UFO really was. Which, again, BIG DEAL.
8. “Although most of the NAPs described in our dataset are likely to remain unidentified due to limited data or collection processing or analysis issues, we may need additional scientific knowledge to collect, analyze and successfully characterize some of them. “
Most of these episodes remain a mystery, according to the report, as there simply isn’t enough information available to explain them. Then, however, there are certain incidents which “may require additional scientific knowledge to successfully collect, analyze and characterize some of them”. Like, science advanced beyond our current capabilities. Interesting!