In a move that could signal a major shift in the US government’s view of the mysterious phenomenon of unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP), the head of the Pentagon’s All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO) has co-authored a paper that suggests that UAPs could be advanced “probes” sent by extraterrestrial life forms.
The paper, titled “Physical Constraints on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena,” was written by AARO head Sean Kirkpatrick and Harvard professor Avi Loeb. It suggests that UAPs may be “probes” sent by an extraterrestrial “parent craft” and compares them to “dandelion seeds” that could be separated from the parent craft by the sun’s gravitational force. The paper also examines the physics of how the smaller craft could move through the Earth’s atmosphere and the possibility that they could be using the Earth’s water as fuel.
The paper has gained notoriety from a post in Military Times and has also circulated among science-focused news outlets. However, experts have warned that Kirkpatrick’s involvement in the paper could undermine the credibility of the office, as the suggestion that UAPs could be of extraterrestrial origin is considered in most academic circles to be highly unsubstantiated.
In a statement, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York noted that Kirkpatrick and Loeb are both highly respected in their fields, and expressed her confidence in the scientific rigor of their work. Gillibrand also warned that stigmatizing the issue could limit the US government’s understanding of the issue, and urged DoD to study the UFO issue more seriously.
The paper has not been peer-reviewed, and the authors acknowledge that there is no evidence to back up the notion that the unknown aircraft are alien probes. However, its publication highlights the fact that the Pentagon is open to the scientific debate on the origins of UFOs, and could be a sign of progress in the investigation of UAPs.
The AARO team was established last year to replace a task force within the Office of Naval Intelligence previously looking into UFOs, and it is clear that the US government is taking the issue of UAPs seriously. With the publication of this paper and the involvement of a respected government official, it could be a sign that the US government is beginning to take the UFO issue more seriously and is ready to consider the possibility that UAPs could be of extraterrestrial origin.