The Fermi Paradox is a fundamental piece of where human civilization currently stands concerning the question of life on other planets: if the probability of life in the universe is so high, why have we not interacted with this life before? One of the answers to this is question is simple: life from other worlds has interacted with us or has noticed us but is leaving us alone for now. Recent news coming from the U.S. Pentagon has excited this debate once more.
According to information made public by the Pentagon, the U.S. military funded a program called the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program (AATIP) which studied UFO’s. Among the information released were videos in which military pilots detected aircraft which they could not identify. Neither the pilots who witnessed these encounters nor the Pentagon itself knew what these objects were, but the government released the videos to make the science public. Luis Elizondo, the once-head of the program who advocated for the release of these documents, was interviewed on NPR’s Morning Edition: “If you’re asking my personal opinion from here, look, I’ve got to be honest with you, I don’t know where it’s from. But we’re pretty sure it’s not here.” “Now does that mean it’s ‘out there’? Whether or not it’s Russian or Chinese inside or little green men from Mars or frankly your neighbor’s dog, I wanted to purposely steer away from that because I wanted to focus on truly the raw science: What were we seeing and did it pose a threat to national security?”
Could this be some advanced technology from another foreign power such as Russia or China, or is it possibly an alien spacecraft? The jury is still out, and will likely remain so. However, if this is a military technology, it would be more advanced then what the average Navy pilot would be familiar with, as pilot David Fravor described the acceleration of the aircraft he saw as “faster than I’d ever seen anything in my life. “