The UFO topic is being taken much more seriously these days. The issue is being discussed by lawmakers in Washington D.C., Department of Defense (DoD) leadership at the Pentagon and nearly every major news outlet. The natural question everyone is asking is who is flying those UFOs?
Politico defense editor Bryan Bender tweeted that Admiral Phil Davidson, Commander of U.S. Indio-Pacific unified combat command, was recently asked about “Navy reports of UFOs.”
Although there were chuckles from the crowd, Davidson replied that there is “now a reporting process for these unexplained sightings and says the encounters were during ‘a finite period.’”
Bender doesn’t mention who asked the question, but it was asked during the Aspen Institute’s Aspen Security Forum. This forum is for high-level officials, industry leaders, and nationally recognized journalists. Some of the panelists at the event include NATO’s secretary general, a former CIA director, Madeleine Albright (former secretary of state), and several lawmakers including California U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff.
The reason I emphasize the venue for the question is that this is a significant gathering. Cutting edge issues regarding national defense are discussed with internationally recognized leaders and mainstream media.
Now that mainstream institutions are finally taking notice, they are also beginning to ask questions. The first area of inquiry is naturally turning out to be whether or not UFOs are high-tech human aircraft. If they are next-generation technology developed here on Earth, are they secret U.S. aircraft or something produced by the Chinese or Russians?
Defense technology journalist Tyler Rogoway has been analyzing the situation across several articles for The Drive’s Warzone. In April, Rogoway wrote about an encounter with the USS Nimitz carrier strike group and unknown aircraft in 2004 off the coast of San Diego. He believes this encounter “proved that exotic technology that is widely thought of as the domain of science fiction actually exists.”
“As uncomfortable as that fact is, it’s reality,” continued Rogoway. “So, we need to use this event as a lodestar going forward when it comes to evaluating and contemplating what is possible and where truth actually lies.”
The UFO in this instance was described by the fighter pilot who chased it as a 40-foot long white object that looked like a giant Tic Tac. It went from hovering to matching his maneuvers to zipping off at an incredible speed. Rogoway has examined several possibilities, including whether it is secret U.S. technology or perhaps Chinese or Russian.
“In the end, that’s all this is, a possibility,” Rogoway wrote about the possibility that some of the UFOs spotted by Navy pilots could be radar reflectors. “One of a number to mull over as we all continue on what has become an increasingly historic and bizarre quest for the truth.”
Many UFO enthusiasts are frustrated with this line of inquiry. They feel human technology can be ruled out as an answer and that we are beyond wondering whether or not UFOs are misidentified high-tech aircraft.
Indeed, UFOs with characteristics similar to those reported by the Navy pilots in 2004 were also reported in the 1940s, 50s and 60s, when the U.S. Air Force collected reports as part of their official UFO investigation, most commonly referred to as Project Blue Book. However, no doubt, many of these sightings were due to high-tech aircraft. One of them being the U-2 spy plane.
The CIA developed the U-2 at Area 51. A document on the history of Area 51 published by the CIA states that once test flights of the U-2 began in the mid-1950s, there was an increase in UFO reports. “This, in turn, led to the Air Force’s Operation Blue Book,” the document states.
The last statement is not accurate. Project Blue Book was the third UFO project, and it began in 1952, before U-2 test flights. But even if the U-2 was not responsible for the creation of Project Blue Book, it was undoubtedly responsible for many UFO reports. Stealth aircraft are likely also mistaken for UFOs, as well as other advanced aerial vehicles developed at Area 51. Many of these aircraft were flying well before their existence was made public.
In other words, secret human-made technology as an answer for some UFO sightings is undoubtedly a legitimate line of inquiry. The Navy recently came out with new guidelines for reporting UFOs and have said they take the issue very seriously, but they have not ruled out a high-tech possibility either.
Task and Purpose, a digital media company focused on the military and veterans, asked the Navy what they thought the recently reported UFOs seen by their pilots could be. They refused to speculate, but the spokesperson noted: “The wide proliferation and availability of inexpensive unmanned aerial systems sightings of this nature have increased in frequency from 2014 until now.”
When Task & Purpose asked the Air Force for their thoughts, they disagreed that drones could be an answer.
“While there is a proliferation of UAV [unmanned aerial vehicle] technology across the globe, we are not concerned that China or Russia have developed a long-range capability about which we are not aware,” Air Force spokesman Maj. Bryan Lewis told Task & Purpose.
To those interested in UFOs, a discussion over whether or not UFOs are misidentifications of human technology may seem trivial. However, what UFO enthusiasts should be excited about is that mainstream media outlets are asking serious questions in the first place.
Alejandro Rojas is a radio host for Open Minds Radio, editor and contributing writer for Open Minds magazine as well as OpenMinds.tv. For several years Alejandro was the official spokesperson for the Mutual UFO Network as the Director of Public Education.