Why is the Pentagon interested in UFOs?

Why is the Pentagon interested in UFOs?
An apparently unidentified object detected on a Navy plane’s infrared camera. Credit: U.S. Department of Defense/Navy Times

U.S. Navy pilots and sailors won't be considered crazy for reporting unidentified flying objects, under new rules meant to encourage them to keep track of what they see. Yet just a few years ago, the Pentagon reportedly shut down another official program that investigated UFO sightings. What has changed? Is the U.S. military finally coming around to the idea that alien spacecraft are visiting our planet?

The answer to that question is almost certainly no. Humans' misinterpretation of observations of natural phenomena are as old as time and include examples such as manatees being seen as mermaids and driftwood in a Scottish loch being interpreted as a monster. A more recent and relevant example is the strange luminescent structure in the sky caused by a SpaceX rocket launch. In these types of cases, incorrect interpretations occur because people have incomplete information or misunderstand what they're seeing.

Based on my prior experience as a science advisor to the Air Force, I believe that the Pentagon wants to avoid this type of confusion, so it needs to better understand flying objects that it can't now identify. During a , whether in peace or in war, if a pilot or soldier can't identify an object, they have a serious problem: How should they react, without knowing if it is neutral, friendly or threatening? Fortunately, the military can use advanced technologies to try to identify strange things in the sky.

Taking the 'U' out of 'UFO'

"Situational awareness" is the military term for having complete understanding of the environment in which you are operating. A UFO represents a gap in . At the moment, when a Navy pilot sees something strange during flight, just about the only thing he or she can do is ask other pilots and air traffic control what they saw in that place at that time. Globally, the number of UFO reportings in a year has peaked at more than 8,000. It's not known how many the military experiences.

Even the most heavily documented incidents end up unresolved, despite interviewing dozens of witnesses and reviewing many written documents, as well as lots of audio and video recordings.

UFOs represent an opportunity for the military to improve its identification processes. At least some of that work could be done in the future by automated systems, and potentially in real time as an incident unfolds. Military vehicles – Humvees, battleships, airplanes and satellites alike – are covered in sensors. It's not just passive devices like radio receivers, video cameras and infrared imagers, but active systems like radar, sonar and lidar. In addition, a military vehicle is rarely alone – vehicles travel in convoys, sail in fleets and fly in formations. Above them all are satellites watching from overhead.

Why is the Pentagon interested in UFOs?
Military vehicles bristle with antennas, cameras and sensors of all kinds. Credit: U.S. Army

Drawing a complete picture

Sensors can provide a wealth of information on UFOs including range, speed, heading, shape, size and temperature. With so many sensors and so much data, though, it is a challenge to merge the information into something useful. However, the military is stepping up its work on autonomy and artificial intelligence. One possible use of these new technologies could be to combine them to analyze all the many signals as they come in from sensors, separating any observations that it can't identify. In those cases, the system could even assign sensors on nearby vehicles or orbiting satellites to collect additional information in real time. Then it could assemble an even more complete picture.

For the moment, though, people will need to weigh in on what all the data reveal. That's because a key challenge for any successful use of is building trust or confidence in the system. For example, in a famous experiment by Google scientists, an advanced image recognition algorithm based on artificial intelligence was fooled into wrongly identifying a photo of a panda as a gibbon simply by distorting a small number of the original pixels.

So, until humans understand UFOs better, we won't be able to teach computers about them. In my view, the Navy's new approach to reporting UFO encounters is a good first step. This may eventually lead to a comprehensive, fully integrated approach for object identification involving the fusion of data from many sensors through the application of artificial intelligence and autonomy. Only then will there be fewer and fewer UFOs in the sky – because they won't be unidentified anymore.


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May 17, 2019
Or perhaps they're worried about 'stealth drones' ??

May 17, 2019
Or perhaps they're worried about 'stealth drones' ??
says Nik

No. "Stealth" drones are easily dealt with by the military. The UFOs in our skies around the world have been identifiable for decades. They were seen in the skies by civilian folks even in the 1800s and earlier. But in the advent of human-built aircraft in the 1900s, these extraterrestrial spacecraft were more often seen fairly close as they outmaneuvered and traveled with greater speed than the human pilots who attempted to chase them in their jet planes.
The general public were characterised as being too ignorant or stupid to understand what was really happening. The military and government officials attempted to squash the Truth that extraterrestrials visit Earth, and at least some are residents of Earth also. I believe that ETs have been aiding American scientists to help with their scientific discoveries, else how could so much have been accomplished by scientists in just a little over 100 Earth years.

May 17, 2019
"In my view, the Navy's new approach to reporting UFO encounters is a good first step. This may eventually lead to a comprehensive, fully integrated approach for object identification involving the fusion of data from many sensors through the application of artificial intelligence and autonomy. Only then will there be fewer and fewer UFOs in the sky – because they won't be unidentified anymore."

This paragraph is a fairly telling synopsis that the USNavy DOES SEE extraterrestrial spacecraft in the skies and REPORTS their sightings. It is no longer the 'age of denial' as it has been for so long in order to keep the public in the dark about their own sightings.
Misidentification of aircraft, balloons, clouds, birds, etc as UFOs/ETs is the only problem. So that the invention of AI and many other instruments to give proper and accurate identification to such aerial phenomena versus normal flying objects as described will help to avoid further misidentifications.

May 17, 2019
Or it could be another countries Area 51 top secret tech. It doesn't have to be alien (all the time).
You must report and analyze the data.
Then call Mulder and Scully!

May 17, 2019
Or it could be another countries Area 51 top secret tech. It doesn't have to be alien (all the time).
You must report and analyze the data.
Then call Mulder and Scully!


LOL Yes, it could be, but it isn't. I have been witness to one round disc-shaped spacecraft/aerial phenomenon almost 20 years ago. I saw how it moved, so unlike any human-made aircraft of any kind. And it moved very fast and was able to decelerate on a dime. I'm almost certain that others had seen it, and that night I reported it to MUFON. There was another one that I saw at night. It was so massive that it blotted out the Stars in the sky for about 15 minutes. When it passed, I was able to see the Stars again.
Actually, I enjoy the idea of extraterrestrials visiting or living on planet Earth. I have no problem with it. I have even met a few whom I suspected were not human, although they resembled human women. But their voices were extremely different. I even watched some old movies to tell the difference

May 17, 2019
The subject is fascinating. Perhaps I am just very tolerant and don't discriminate much. If they are here on Earth to escape a disaster happening on their home planet, let them immigrate here as long as they obey our Laws. We have plenty of immigrants already, so a few more won't hurt.

May 18, 2019
Our UFOs

SEU
In these fascinations in UFOs
these UFOs exist on this earthly planet, planet Earth
for SEU, they exist in these science forums, exist in these phys.org pages
these earthly equivalent UFOs exist all around
it is just depends where you look
for on these forums SEU
one fine day we did look
because, if you recall SEU, milnic poised this question can something come from nothing
for in those idyllic days
this forum buzzed with interest
for all was agog at milnic's perception, can something come from nothing
as these minds, as even antialias_physorg put thoughts to textually inkiness
as even these scientific greats were brought into this forum
as this is where can something come from nothing originates
this UFOs amazing acceleration
acceleration is directly from Sir Isaac Newton's laws of motion
so as you ponder on these UFOs, SEU
their motion, SEU
their acceleration, SEU
Their secret SEU, originates on this earth, not 330yrs hence in Sir Isaac Newton's laws of motion!

May 18, 2019
so as you ponder on these UFOs, SEU
their motion, SEU
their acceleration, SEU
Their secret SEU, originates on this earth, not 330yrs hence in Sir Isaac Newton's laws of motion!
..........most likely PLASMA physics at work. If you notice the behavior of most of these obsevances, they are reported to make transverse right angle turns without slowing down & losing energy, try making your car do these things, but plasmas can do all kinds of interesting things & have many different shapes.


May 18, 2019
I'll believe all this stuff when the CIA starts producing little green bodies, or maybe having one land on the White House lawn signing Peace Accords with the President making them to promise not to interfere in events on the planet like interfering with our elections.

May 18, 2019
although they resembled human women. But their voices were extremely different...
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Best just to block them and be done with it.

May 18, 2019
What this, TrollianGhostlyOtto

Is this a hint of sadness, TrollianGhostlyOtto?
TrollianGhostlyOtto, when one chooses this lofty pedestal
As with this territory comes loneliness
As lonely as a cloud
TrollianGhostlyOtto take solace under your bridge, as lonely as a cloud

May 18, 2019
TrollianGhostlyOtto

Concerning your public service announcement
TrollianGhostlyOtto, if you're advising names named to be put on this ignore
Your public service announcement is a might hypocritical
Because TrollianGhostlyOtto, everyone is asking this question
Why do we have to put these names on this ignore, but not TrollianGhostlyOtto?

May 18, 2019
Will we ever know?
I'll believe all this stuff when the CIA starts producing little green bodies, or maybe having one land on the White House lawn signing Peace Accords with the President making them to promise not to interfere in events on the planet like interfering with our elections.

If you were sailing around the galaxies and stumbled over earth in a little known galaxy
after visiting people like your self
After passing millions of earths, full rocket community people
would you ever even bother stopping
You would gain absolutely nothing by stopping
If we were worth dropping in for a chat we would have detected these UFOs as we sailed round the galaxy
Benni, we would have beamed these aliens into our space ship when we were 50thousand lights from planet earth sailing our galaxy

We have to winkle these UFOs out of this vacuum, not the other way round
we will never make new friends hiding on planet earth waiting to visited
No one's visited for 5 billion years so far!

May 18, 2019
Our UFOs

SEU
In these fascinations in UFOs
these UFOs exist on this earthly planet, planet Earth...
so as you ponder on these UFOs, SEU
their motion,
their acceleration,
Their secret originates on this earth, not 330yrs hence in Sir Isaac Newton's laws of motion!
says granville

granville, if these weren't 'extraterrestrials' from another world, and originated in or on Earth instead, there would be no need for them to have the ability to fly faster than the fastest human-made jet planes and be able to outmaneuver those planes in ways that defy gravity; as well as being seen/detected outside of the ISS by astronauts aboard the ISS in LEO. But these are not homegrown entities who are so far advanced technologically than human scientists/engineers that they can outdo humans without breaking a sweat. Think of the billions of planets orbiting faraway Stars that are stable enough to provide Life to their planets and Moons. Do you truly think that no life exists anywhere else

May 18, 2019
"although they resembled human women. But their voices were extremely different..."

LOL I see that SpookyOtto1923 has taken exception to my experienced and learned opinion that extraterrestrials are living on the Earth and are interacting with humans on many occasions.

The Title of the article is "WHY IS THE PENTAGON INTERESTED IN UFOs?"
The Pentagon officials do NOT waste their time on things of no consequence, so it is apparent that UFOs are considered by the Pentagon officials as something of GREAT consequence. There have been TOO MANY unexplained sightings of UFOs by the public to not take the problem seriously.

Perhaps Otto would prefer the Pentagon NOT delve into the matter of UFOs more seriously.
It is possible that the thought of extraterrestrials living on the Earth is frightening and worrisome to Otto. I don't see why, but I'm not Otto.
Perhaps SpookyOtto1923 would like this better:

https://www.thesu...-clouds/

May 18, 2019
SEU
We could be from far of failed planets
that have assimilated with the native population
a long time ago
this planet could be rarer than we think


May 18, 2019
granville, if these weren't 'extraterrestrials' from another world, and originated in or on Earth instead, there would be no need for them to have the ability to fly faster than the fastest human-made jet planes and be able to outmaneuver those planes in ways that defy gravity
No because biplanes are so much more intra-terrestrial you moron.
LOL I see that SpookyOtto1923 has taken exception to my experienced and learned opinion
I take exception to the fact that you're an obvious FAKE pretending to be a moron because in reality that's the special kind of compulsive neurotic little troll that you are.

Every time you come back you have a new persona with the same core bullshit - UFOs, martians, time ignorance, religion. You dont care if the good people here figure you out - you just enjoy baiting them by any and all means.

Hey - it's not the worlds fault you're fat and emotionally disturbed. Ask your god why he apparently thinks you deserved it.

May 18, 2019
SEU
We could be from far of failed planets
that have assimilated with the native population
a long time ago
this planet could be rarer than we think

says granville

Yes, the homo sapiens could have been dropped off on planet Earth more than a million years ago and mated with some of the indigenous homo-type life forms that were here already, thus begetting babies with a mixture of DNA from both parents. It is a possibility. But the human genus has evolved to breathe Oxygen, where Earth only became oxygenated in time for the mammalian explosion after the dinosaur age, IIRC.

But I will remain in the Creation camp where the first human couple were created from clay that was infused with the DNA from the animals that had dropped skin cells into the clay. IOW, humans were created; while animals evolved.

BTW, I have SpookyOtto1923 on BLOCK and will keep it BLOCKED until I see no more references that indicate that the certifiable nutcase is still living in physorg.

May 19, 2019
-contd-
@granville

And don't forget, granville, that the apes such as gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos have the baculum; whereas the human male doesn't have one, and probably NEVER had one. THAT is a big difference between the apes and Man (which isn't talked about very much) :)

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