UFOs, and the problem is national security?

I just came across an article published by Reuters about a group of ex-military who will share their UFO experiences.

Witness testimony from more than 120 former or retired military personnel points to an ongoing and alarming intervention by unidentified aerial objects at nuclear weapons sites, as recently as 2003. In some cases, several nuclear missiles simultaneously and inexplicably malfunctioned while a disc-shaped object silently hovered nearby. Six former U.S. Air Force officers and one former enlisted man will break their silence about these events at the National Press Club and urge the government to publicly confirm their reality.

Now, one thing bugs me a little in this article:

Captain Salas notes, “The U.S. Air Force is lying about the national security implications of unidentified aerial objects at nuclear bases and we can prove it.”

So let me get that straight: we have unidentified flying objects allegedly shutting down nuclear missiles, and we should think about national security? To me, this looks like the really wrong priorities. What about planetary security? What about scientific implications? What about politics and sociology?

If the UFOs don’t exist, it’s a sociology problem, not a national security problem. If the UFOs do exist and come from the US, then conspiracy theorists have it right and it’s a political problem more than a national security issue. If the UFOs do exist and come from, say, Russia or China or France or Liechtenstein, then there are some national security implications, but the scientific, economic and political implications seem far greater to me.

But when you say “UFOs”, most people think about objects of extra-terrestrial origin piloted by non-human intelligent beings. If that’s really what is happening, then it’s by no means a problem of national security. If the aliens in question are hostile, then it’s an problem for the security of the entire human race, it’s not a problem that the US armed forces should deal with on their own. But even if they are peaceful, proving the existence of UFOs would have enormous scientific consequences.

Remember: our current scientific theories make long-distance space travel either impractical or very confusing. If nobody can exceed the speed of light, then interstellar travel is impractical and expensive (assuming that time is money for extra-terrestrials as well). If it is actually possible, then it’s theoretically equivalent to time travel. We all know how confusing time travel stories can be.

In any case, we don’t really know how to shut down nuclear missiles, we don’t know how to hover silently in flying disks. So if the reported UFOs have any reality, the the science being displayed here is a bit more advanced than ours. And that’s a bit more concerning and perplexing to me than any national security issue…

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